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