Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Second Pregnancy: 22 weeks

The above is a snapshot of The Little Bean's heart.

The Other Half and I enjoy going to check up and ultrasound scans. As this particular session comes with full scan, both of us have been anticipating it as we were not offered one during my first pregnancy (different doctor, different hospital factors).
Well, the much looked forward to day for an anomaly scan finally arrived on 21 February 2013.
The Little Bean is relatively small for gestational age and weighs approximately 444g. I was a little disappointed as I have gained far too much weight in the last one month (4 kg! Are you kidding me? Blame it on the steroid for my bronchitis treatment?)...

... but it did not translate to a "bigger baby". Oh, well. I must still eat healthily...

We are thankful that despite the small size, heart action is present, fetal movements are visible.

At this stage, The Little Bean still has room to move about and is in a Breech I presentation (too early to worry about presentation at the moment so I am not the least bothered...)
The cord is also a normal 3 vessel, what a relief!
The placenta is anterior high and this I admit, this got me a little concerned. I had a "normal" placenta posterior with The Little Girl.
There you go, not every pregnancy is exactly the same.
Honestly, I pray and hope that as the uterus stretches and continues to grow, the placenta will not drop into placenta previa position *Amin!*
Both sides of the kidneys are normal. We saw head, brain, face, spine, neck and skin, chest, four chamber view and great vessels, abdominal wall, gastrointestinal tract, extremities and skeleton *Alhamdulillah!*

No wonder the scan session took up about 30 minutes from start to end. The cool KY gel on my abdomen had turned warm by the end of the session too.
We were also told that the amniotic fluid is normal, placenta Grannum Grade 1 with normal structure.

Dr. Tan Niap Hong was clinical, practical, precise and systematic. After we got the report and screen shots, we went to see Dr. Seri Suniza Sufian at her clinic and she did not comment much at this visit save for my rapid weight gain and my overdue physiotherapy session.
We look forward to our next appointment, as always.
Off to the physiotherapy session I go now, toodles!

Measurements taken by Dr. Tan Niap Hong on 21.02.2013:
BPD: 5.53 cm (was 3.64 cm)
Head circumference: 20 cm (was 13.03 cm)
Abdominal circumference: 16.94 cm (was 10.92 cm)
Femur length: 3.54 cm (was 2.52 cm)
Estimated fetal weight: 444 g (was 183 g)


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