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20 weeks – ultrasound and belly




Ooops! Forgot to shoot a cute cat photo before processing today’s shots. So Instead I’ll use one of my No. 1 Favorite Yum Yum photos shot four years ago with a REALLY vintage iPhone. 🙂

Today was the much-anticipated 20 week scan. And 95% of things looked perfect! The heart/fetal echo was fantastic. All four chambers pumping away and no holes in the heart. All major organs were present and accounted for. One brain brimming with math and writing. LONG legs that I just can’t wait to nom nom nom on.

And then there is one small, potential complication. My placenta and umbilical chord are… weird. So weird that even with all my obsessive research I’ve never read about this. So weird that the doctor could not give us rates of complications. So my placenta is shaped weird – kinda like a book that is open. Two nice healthy halves and in the center there is this thin part, like a book spine, and that is where the chord attached. This could present problems with fetal nourishment, blood flow and oxygen later in the pregnancy. Not really what I wanted to hear.

The good news is that right now the Chicken is measuring right on schedule and looking sharp. This placenta/chord thing might turn out to be nothing… or it could be something later on. The only way to know is to monitor so we are booked for another scan during week 28.

This makes me insanely nervous and makes me really scared to plan things like showers and buy more baby things. The doctor assured me that risk is still very low and that right now we have a “great looking baby.” So I’ll try to hold on to that. And now, some belly photos and some ultrasound photos coming at you after the jump…

20 weeks

20 weeks color

20 weeks front

20 weeks profile

20 weeks creepy face

! OMG! What the hell is that????  SO SCARY LOOKING! Thank Gawd babies don’t come out looking like that. 🙂

My favorite photo from the shoot. <3 these strong little legs!

My favorite photo from the shoot.


And for those who are wondering… no, we did not peek 🙂 The Chicken is still just THE Chicken!



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  1. tchrgrl05 #
    February 12, 2013

    You are so tiny and cute 🙂 I’m glad they’ll be monitoring you more. At least that brings peace of mind that if something needs to be done, they will catch it with frequent monitoring 🙂

  2. February 12, 2013

    I love those legs!

    Great news, and you’re so far along now that I’m sure things will be fine with the cord issue. If things get bad, you’ll be way past viability and Chicken will just come early. Not what you want, but do-able!

    GREAT photos! I love seeing you enjoy it!

  3. February 12, 2013

    i love, love, LOVE it! so perfect and beautiful. can’t believe you’re 20 weeks already! i’m excited the chicken is still just the chicken, and jealous, because my husband “needs” to know, and i love the surprise 🙂 good luck with the second half, and try to just trust your health care providers and their judgement, instead of constant worry. let them worry for you, and be happy you get another glimpse inside your chicken’s shell at 28 weeks!

  4. February 12, 2013

    I know it’s scary to learn that everything is not 100% perfect. At my twenty week scan, I learned I had placenta previa and got all sorts of warnings about hemorrhaging and whatnot. It’s not what a mama-to-be wants to hear, especially after going through so much just to bring this baby into being in the first place. But do trust the doctor…s/he says the risk is low so try to trust in that. Extra monitoring is good and there’s so much they can do IF they start to think that it’s causing the baby problems. Really hoping and praying for the health and well-being of your Chicken, and for some peace for his/her mama!

  5. faith #
    February 12, 2013

    You are BEAMING!! Don’t let anyone let you feel like you don’t have that pregnancy ~*GLOW*~!! Chicken is SOOOO adorable!! I willl ask around for you in my circle about the placenta issue..I agree with the above commenter..with the right monitoring you will have quick care is something does come up. DON’T WORRY!! Remember that Michael J. Fox quote!! Send me that damn thing again..I need to get it tattooed on my wrist…or maybe you do.haha
    So..I am wondering: What did you think of the hospital experience this time? Did you meet with your OB and if so what vibe did you get? Also, was The Professor with you and what does he think of this Chicken growing inside his Belle? ( I suppose these questions could be a whole blog post..see why I usually just email you..but other readers may have the same questions 🙂
    Love the “vintage kitty pic” It really does look like it could be from the 70’s!!

  6. jak #
    February 12, 2013

    OMG LOOK AT THOSE LEGS!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! chicken is going to be an awesome biking buddy:)

    i wouldnt worry about the placenta issue AT ALL. you are VERY close to viability. if growth starts to slow, there are ways to deal with it. not ideal, but there are ways, and the chicken will be healthy. but, what’s good to know is that despite placenta-book’s shape, it doesnt sound like the placenta was in an incorrect overall position (eg over the cervix). so that is great news. also, just because the placenta looks a little weird, doesnt mean it’s not working great. chicken is the right size, so its obviously working. and no one can say that a funny shape affects function necessarily. the placenta is critical, but it is not complex in structure compared to other organs. if your kidney (my personal favorite organ second to the pen… well, you get my point) looked like a book it might be a problem since the interior arrangement of the kidney is so freakin complex, but the placenta? i wouldnt worry unless it becomes necessary to worry and right now, it is not AT ALL….

    holy crap. i still cant believe those legs!!!! that’s amazing. you have a good sonographer… and a long-legged baby!!! more like a ostrich than a chicken.

  7. February 12, 2013

    Beautiful baby! What a cutie! I am soooo happy for you! You look incredible! I know the news about your placenta it not great, but just focus on how healthy and nourished your baby, is and your placenta nourished him/her. Remember to think positively, send positive thoughts to your body and baby, don’t doubt that things are well.

  8. February 12, 2013

    those are some gaawwwwgeous legs!!!

  9. Ginny #
    February 12, 2013

    Those legs!!! You have a potential runner in there, Belle!! Try not to get too worried about the placenta thing, right now that baby is PERFECT……so happy for you!! You also look mega-cute, so little and such a cute bump going on. Love it!

  10. February 12, 2013

    Wow, time is flying! You look great…hoping things continue to go well!

  11. Amy #
    February 12, 2013

    Sorry for the worrisome news, but hopefully it will turn out to be nothing to be concerned over. You did have the first trimester screening, right? I know that a low PAPP-A result can correlate with placental complications, and while I had the low PAPP-A everything turned out to be fine, though on delivery they did note that my placenta was on the small side (not alarmingly so or anything) and did have some calcifications even though he came ten days early! But I don’t know anything about oddly shaped placentas; not sure if the PAPP-A marker would even be any indication. In any case, some additional monitoring through the end of the pregnancy is never a bad thing for peace of mind, and I hope that is all you get from the extra scan(s)!

    Also, these pics make me FUMING FUCKING MAD all over again at that first midwife who said such an idiotic thing about your weight. You look amazing – clearly you are not packing on any useless flab at all; every ounce is obviously going to extra blood volume, amniotic fluid, placenta, baby, etc. It’s hard to believe she even actually LOOKED at you before wagging her finger at your numbers. This only cements my thought that it was good for you to get the hell away from her!

  12. February 12, 2013

    Beautiful 20 week bump! Try not to worry, hopefully the placenta issue will not be an issue at all.

  13. Magpie #
    February 12, 2013

    My daughter is 28 weeks pregnant and she has a placenta issue that sounds very similar to yours. I don’t know if hers has the “book” shape, but they told her that her cord and placenta were “weird” and that it was a possibility that it would begin impacting her baby’s growth and health. It hasn’t yet though (knock wood), and they diagnosed it back when she was around 16-18 weeks. Try not to worry too much. Really irritating advice, I know…everyone’s saying that to me as I wait to see if my baby has down’s syndrome or not. And remember, Chicken is healthy now and you are doing everything right.

  14. February 12, 2013

    You look great Belle! Baffled how someone could claim you’re gaining too much weight.

  15. February 12, 2013

    Those are some insanely long baby legs! How freaking cute are they?

    It sounds like Chicken is doing extremely well, even with the weirdly shaped placenta. I know it’s so much easier said than done, but try to focus on how well he/she is doing now, rather than on what could (but probably won’t) go wrong.

    Also, I admire your willpower in not peeking!

  16. February 12, 2013

    Hang in, HoneyBelle. Honeybells are probably the sweetest oranges here in Florida, and we wish you a strong and helathy baby and You!

  17. February 12, 2013

    Your bump is looking adorable!!! And look at those long long baby legs! Chicken loves to stretch out, huh? That’s how Banana was! STREEEEETCHED out the whole time!

  18. February 12, 2013

    Oh my gosh, you are still so wee! I can’t believe those crazy-long legs are fitting into such a small, cute bump. Great to hear all is well inside, and I really wouldn’t worry too much about the placenta thing. It’s probably shaped like a book because you and the professor are such intellectuals and Chicken wants to get a head-start on reading. 🙂

  19. February 12, 2013

    Look at those LEGS!!!!!! I want to chew on them now! Yay for all the good news and I’m sure the weird placenta and cord thing will be fine. I have a feeling about the chicken’s sex…and I’ll just keep it to myself. Can’t wait til Chicken is born!!!

  20. February 12, 2013

    glad babe is perfect, and i hope the placenta thing turns out to be nothing, so annoying how these silly little things jump out. You look fantastic – and not even pregnant from the front at all!! Need to get some belly on already! 🙂 Yay for no peeking, best surprise of your life.

  21. karaleen #
    February 12, 2013

    Oh my goodness…you are such a cute pregnant person… are still so little. I love it! Now…as for the placenta….I’m so sorry there is any worry at all….but I know people who have had issues with cord location and in all cases they just monitored very closely and all was well. Did they say if it had three veins? That is a really great thing…and they have awesome ultrasounds that can totally see the blood flow…so as long as it is showing good…you and the Chicken are good too! And….lots of reasons for peeks at your baby!

    And speaking of that baby…those are some awesome long legs and a rediculuosly cute profile!!!! Yay for you for resisting temptation!!!

  22. February 12, 2013

    Great pics belle. Don’t worry about weird placenta, I had an “annexe” on mine, like a thin section then another piece, and it wasn’t even mentioned at birth. So many of these things are a big kerfuffle over nothing. They love throwing a bit of “intrauterine growth restriction” around, but it’s often complete bollocks. Not long til you get to that “breathe easy” time where the bump gets in the way of everything, but you know that chicken is going to be a living breathing person. You really feel a lot better then.

  23. aj #
    February 12, 2013

    Congrats on a good anatomy scan and it sounds like they are gonna keep a close eye in your placenta! You look amazing!

  24. February 13, 2013

    Omgomgomg. Your baby has supermodel legs! And seriously, whatever medical professional eagged her funger about your weight. You are teeny, Belle! As my insomnia worsens, I did some googling on your description of your placenta. It sounds like you may have something called a “bilobed placenta” and from what ive read on all of the crazy placenta issues, this one has little to no associated risks at all. Not that it isnt frustrating to get that news, but I would really try to not let it mar your excitement about planning things for Chicken.

    • February 13, 2013

      And by “eagged her funger” I meant “wagged her finger”. But eagging fungers sounds interesting.

  25. February 13, 2013

    Hooray for a healthy little babe! I remember feeling such a sense of relief after the 20 week scan. At my 20 week they told me I had more amniotic fluid than the typical girl, on the “high side of normal.” Of course I freaked out and googled & went to worse case scenarios in my mind. Everything turned out fine. And I actually liked getting to have extra ultrasounds (due to my fibroid)…it was always so fun to see the babe again! You look awesome, and I am confident that placenta will keep pumping along toward a healthy little one.

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