Usually around 18-20 weeks of pregnancy your doctor will order you a fetal anatomy scan where they do an ultrasound to check the baby’s organs, measure the head/limbs, check the blood flow and just make sure everything looks good. When I was pregnant with Jacob I just went to an ultrasound tech that was in the same building as my OB. However, now that I am “going to be 35 years old when I deliver” (a phrase I am hearing a lot these days…) my OB sent me to a “Specialty OB” office to have my fetal anatomy scan. Simply only because of my age. I understand that the older the woman is there are more risks involved and they just want to check and make sure that all is well or be able to prepare you if all is not well. As often as I hear the “going to be 35 years old when I deliver” I also remind them that my 35th birthday is only 13 days before my due date, so there is a chance I may still be 34 when this baby arrives, it is not like I am over the age of 35 yet. Plus…since this is a frozen embryo pregnancy, then the baby was technically conceived when I was 32. Anyway, it doesn’t bother me, if anything it gives me a peace of mind.
Yesterday morning was my ultrasound appointment. When I was pregnant with Jacob the ultrasound tech kept the screen hidden from me and didn’t talk to me or tell me anything while she was doing it, until at the end she gave us a look at him and said he looks good. This time around the ultrasound tech allowed me to see what she was looking at and explained what she was measuring or looking for, etc… and everything looked great! Just like my last pregnancy we declined the genetic testing and the amniocentesis. The doctor came in and talked to us and confirmed that everything looks good and one thing we talked about was that the baby was measuring big, 10 ounces to be exact, which is common for IVF babies. I didn’t ask what the “usual size” was at this point, but according to What to Expect When You Are Expecting…at 18 weeks the baby is around 5 oz. So the doctor was predicting that he would probably come early, maybe around April 25th.
Here’s a recent picture of our big guy (yes, we confirmed again that it is indeed a boy, no doubt about it!)