Thursday, November 29, 2012

Week 20- Halfway there!!

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
We are halfway there!  I have to admit time is going by fast. I can't wait to hold my little angel in my arms and for Luca to meet his brother or sister!
I am also now feeling baby.  Each day its more and more.  Its the best feeling in the world to feel the baby squirming around.  It gives me peace of mind that all is ok.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Week 19

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

I am still trying to deal with this abscess on my breast.  My OB now gave me Keflex.  Its 4 times a day for 10 days.  If it doesn't improve I need to go back. It doesn't hurt has bad but still trying to get it to drain on its own.
I am also dealing with not being able to feel the baby due to my anterior placenta.  I remember with Luca always feeling him and putting my mind more at rest.  This time its hard.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Week 18-Its been a busy week

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

A few things happened this week. We had the huge ultrasound.  We don't want to know the sex so its still a surprise.  All the measurements looked good. They did find the baby had 2 Choroid Plexus Cysts.

The choroid plexuses are structures in the ventricles (spaces) of the brain that produce the cerebrospinal fluid. Each plexus is made up of a network of capillary blood vessels covered by transporting epithelial cells.

Occasionally fluid becomes trapped and forms pockets in the choroid plexus. These pockets of fluid are called choroid plexus cysts (CPC). Choroid plexus cysts are seen during 1% to 3% of all mid-trimester prenatal ultrasound examinations. The cysts may be seen in one or both sides of the brain, and generally have no effect on fetal development. However, choroid plexus cysts do have a weak association with fetal chromosome abnormalities.

What Causes Choroid Plexus Cysts?
Choroid plexus cysts are believed to be caused by abnormal folding of the epithelium lining of the choroid plexus which traps fluid and debris.

Does it Need Treatment?
More than 90% of choroid plexus cysts resolve spontaneously by 28th weeks' gestation . Once resolved, the cysts do not recur. The finding of isolated choroid plexus cysts is not associated with delayed infant or early childhood development . Rarely very large cysts may cause obstruction of the cerebrospinal fluid which may need treatment after the infant is born.

What is the Risk of Chromosomal Abnormality?
Choroid plexus cysts are most strongly associated with trisomy 18 (Edward syndrome). Trisomy 18 (Edward syndrome) is a disorder characterized by severe mental retardation and multiple abnormalities, such as cleft lip and palate, small jaw (micrognathia), low set ears, club feet, clenched fists, intrauterine growth restriction, single umbilical artery, elevated amniotic fluid ( polyhydramnios), and kidney abnormalities. More than 90% of fetuses have a heart defect. The condition is not compatible with life, and only 5% to 10 % of infants survive the first year after delivery.

In the presence of an otherwise normal ultrasound examination the finding of an isolated choroid plexus cyst is not likely to be of any clinical significance. When an isolated choroid plexus cyst is detected on examination the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends amniocentesis is necessary "only if serum screening results are abnormal or the patient is older than 32 years at delivery"

So I am going to go for another ultrasound at 26-28 weeks.  I feel confident they will go away. I had a harmony bloodtest that tested for abnormalities and it came out perfect.  The more I talk about it the more I hear how common it is. Two of my co workers kids had it and my cousin.

I saw my OB yesterday and I have an  abscess on my breast.  It was a pimple that got infected. He put me on antibiotics for 7 days.  He wants me to come back if it doesn't get better.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Week 17- 4 months pregnant

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

We have our big ultrasound tomorrow.  We still are not going to find out what we are having. We loved it so much last time that we want to keep the surprise again.
I am a little nervous though.  With Luca I felt movement already and this time I have not. I know every pregnancy is different, but it makes me kind of nervous.