Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 13


Week 13 was full of appointments!

Initially, I was unsure about having a NT Ultrasound performed. Mr. Fix-It and I met with my OB/Gyn earlier in the week, and she convinced us it was worthwhile. For those of you who don't know, it's an in-depth screening for chromosomal disorders. One part is an ultrasound to measure the fluid in the back of baby's neck, and the second part is a blood test. The test ultimately gives you odds, so they estimate your baby's Down's Syndrome risk (and other disorders). The test may tell you the odds of Downs are 1:50 or 1:10,000. It's not an exact science. I hesitated in deciding if the test was worthwhile because I didn't know what I would do with the numbers other than potentially worry.

In the end, it was one of the best decisions we've made. All the results came back looking wonderful, which was a great relief. Especially fun, though, was the ultrasound.

I had a fantastic tech who was amazingly thorough. She had the attitude of "if we can see it, let's check it out". She was able to look at the heart, brain, kidneys, and even count 10 fingers and toes! It was such an amazing experience. She was even able to make the umbilical cord light up in different ways to show the input and output between my body and the baby's. So cool! She also told me that I have a posterior placenta, which means it is attached behind the baby. This could mean that I had potential to feel early kicks. Unfortunately, (spoiler alert!) at 18 weeks still no magical kicks. I know, I know, it's still early.

Having fun following along? We're getting closer to caught up!


22 comments:

  1. Aw, yay! Glad everything is well!

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  2. Stacey GorbachevMay 19, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Amanda, I absolutely love reading all about your pregnancy, and your fix-it posts from earlier. I am so happy for you! I hope you have smooth sailing during the rest of your pregnancy, and can't wait to read about it. :-)

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  3. Love it! You are looking fantastic too! I too was a little torn over the testing, but in the end just wanted any chance we could have to see our little peanut!

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