Thursday, August 9th, 2007
Ultrasound Image at Six Weeks, Six Days
First, we conceived with a Home Conception Kit.
Second, my wife contracted Fifth Disease, potentially endangering the child.
Third, we had an ultrasound last week to rule out an ectopic pregnancy, which was a risk factor for us due to an unrelated medical problem last year. The concern was that there might be scarring in the fallopian tubes, causing the egg to implant in the tubes instead of traveling down into the uterus. If that happened, the doctor would end the pregnancy.
The good news is that the baby is safe at home in the uterus, and in a close-up view we saw its heart beating.
I was going to diagram out and explain all the abbreviated techno-gibberish that is printed on an ultrasound image, but even my labor and delivery nurse wife doesn’t know what most of it means. I’ll quiz the ultrasound technician next time.
Our next step is a "level 2" ultrasound in September at a hospital a few hours from us and a consultation with a geneticist. The ultrasound is to rule out fetal hydrops, a build-up of fluid in the baby that would likely result in death this early in the pregnancy (12 weeks next month).
But if we understand Fifth Disease, there is at most a 15 percent risk, so we’re looking to confirm everything is OK next month.
So, hey, check out my cute 8mm baby! He’s the spittin’ image.