Today was a little bittersweet. It was my last appointment at the RE’s office. I didn’t know it was coming so it was a little sad at the end.
Baby looked great! Heart rate was 174bpm and baby measured 10 weeks. I will be 10 weeks tomorrow (1/4 of the way through the pregnancy!).
Got to see the baby move again and wave again. So happy that hubby was there! The nurse said that the baby was kind of facing us (you can see a little in the photo) and holding the arms up by the face. Nurse practitioner said the pictures were text-book.
So even though I have an appointment scheduled with my OB for 12 weeks, she said I should call and see if I can see him before that or at least talk to him. He might want to send me to a high-risk specialist for some testing. Nothing is wrong, but because of my age, my history of Crohn’s and the fact that we did IVF, I am considered high-risk. I have no problem with that. I have come to far now and anything like this I am totally on board for. Better safe than sorry. I know there is an NT scan (Nuchal Scan) that has to be done between week 11 and before the end of week 13.
<A nuchal scan is a sonographic prenatal screening scan (ultrasound) to help identify higher risks of chromosomal defects including Down’s syndrome in a fetus, particularly for older women who have higher risks of such pregnancies. High thickness measurements are also associated with congenital heart defect. The scan is carried out at 11–13.6 weeks pregnancy and assesses the thickness of soft tissues of the nape of neck of the fetus. There are two distinct measurements — the nuchal translucency, which is measured earlier in pregnancy at the end of the first trimester, and for which there is a lower threshold for increased diameter, and the nuchal fold, which is measured towards the end of the second trimester. Fetuses at risk of Down’s Syndrome tend to have a higher amount of fluid around the neck. The scan may also help confirm both the accuracy of the pregnancy dates and the fetal viability. Its high-definition imaging may also detect other less common chromosomal abnormalities. >
So I need to call and see what I can find out. I definitely want to get that test done. It is no fool-proof, but it is certainly less invasive than an amniocentesis or CVS test. It is a little scary, but something that I feel needs to be done.
So these past couple of days I have found myself feeling a little of the guilt that comes with being a part of an infertile community but now someone who has “beat the odds” and become pregnant. There are several blogs I follow and posts I read in BBC from women who are still struggling to become pregnant. I can’t help but feel badly. I still feel like I am empathize with them to an extent. But here I am pregnant and feeling guilty for it. I think this is just something that comes with the territory. I always try my best to show support and be there for them, but I know it can be tough. So to all of you brave and incredibly strong women out there. I am still here for you, to listen and to offer advice when you need it. And I am here praying that you too will soon get your BFP.
Thanks for reading.