Monday, February 28, 2011

2nd Tri

I know that there's a "great debate" lingering, about when exactly the 1st trimester of pregnancy ends and the 2nd trimester begins... some go with the old fashioned 12 weeks, new studies are saying 13 weeks, and some people even say 14 weeks now is when you officially make the switch.

Needless to say, no matter what your opinion on the subject, I am approaching the end of the 1st trimester of pregnancy and entering the 2nd trimester (at some point within the next few weeks at least).

Today we had our NT Scan ultrasound, which is typically done at the very end of the 1st trimester.

This was literally one of the coolest experiences of pregnancy thus far!

The whole point of the 1st trimester screening or NT Scan, is to measure a small space on the back of baby's neck. The measurement of this particular space, is supposed to indicate risk for birth defects like Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities - babies at higher risk of birth defects, with have a larger NT measurement. This ultrasound is also combined with bloodwork, which we should be receiving the results back from in 7-10 days.

During our scan - it must have been nap time, because baby was curled up in the fetal position and pretty still for the most part. When we first got started s/he wiggled around a little bit, but then quickly settled back down for the remainder of the scan. Baby started out laying on his/her back, which made it difficult for the tech to get the measurement she was looking for. After a lot of poking, prodding, wiggling, and jiggling she was finally able to get at an angle where she thought she could get the measurement. But what do you know, baby must have known we were getting close because he/she decided that was time to flip over and lay on their stomach haha Needless to say, we did end up getting the measurement and it just took a little bit longer because baby was being stubborn and uncooperative (we're gonna have our hands full lol).

All-in-all everything looked great, and the ultrasound tech was very pleased with everything that she saw.

Baby is measuring right on track at 11w5d, with a heartbeat of 161bpm.

His/her CRL (crown-to-rump-length) was 61mm

And the NT fold measurement was 1.0mm!!!! (which is great btw)

Here are some new pictures of baby:

1 comment:

dave and jenn said...

Awww, cutie! Every opportunity you have to see your baby is just amazing, isn't it? I love to peek in their little world and see what they're doing.