Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Seeing a Specialist


As if my anxiety hasn't already sky rocketed enough with pregnancy, we found out at our 20 week ultra sound apt that something was missing.

Apparently, the umbilical cord normally has two arteries and one vein.
They are in charge of transporting blood,oxygen & nourishment to and from the baby.
I only have one artery and one vein.
This is known as a "Two Vessel Cord. "

I was told it's pretty common and not a huge concern.
But, of course I was not put at ease by this information.
No one wants to hear that something  " doesn't quite look right."

The major impact this can have on the baby is that it could lack in receiving enough nutrients and in turn stunt it's growth.
Along with a slew of other things that there are minimal risks, so for now I am going to pretend they don't exists.

So after this discovery I was sent off to see a genetic counselor and have another ultra sound done.
This scan ended up taking and entire hour and I fell asleep on the table during it!
The Dr. measured all the major organ systems and checked the function of arteries.
They also printed me some more photos.
Yup, that there is a boy.
In the end it was determined that the baby is actually on the big side, which is proof that he is getting all the proper nourishment that he needs.

This was great news... but also made me nervous that I will have a 12 lb baby to deliver!
So in conclusion, my one artery is basically doing the job of two and that doesn't seem to be causing any other problems.

 My Dr. added two more ultra sounds with my regular monthly check ups to monitor and measure growth.




8 comments:

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

I'm glad it has all turned out to be ok. I know that pregnancy can be a very happy but also a very worrying time... As for the 12lb baby: just tell them you want ALL the drugs available when giving birth ;-) Take care xo

Kiara Buechler said...

How very stressful. I'm glad that baby is doing well though. I hope you don't stress about it too much!

Lindsi said...

I am glad to hear that everything is good!

graciepie said...

Thanks guys! This really has been the most stressful experiance! I keep waiting for the " I love being pregnant" part to happen.

Nikki said...

Wow, who even knew that was a thing! Glad everything turned out okay.

Lady J said...

Sending you good ol'hippie vibes!

Katia said...

Scary! Glad to hear everythings okay. I do remember being paranoid my entire 1st pregnancy. You'll love being pregnant once your not anymore ;-)

graciepie said...

Katia, that statement sounds exactly true.