Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ultrasound and Belly Pics


So, I kind of hate belly bump and ultrasound photos. Or at least they were super hard to see for over 5 years for me. These kind of photos popped up at least on a weekly basis on social media for quite some time and it was always hard to see others' pregnancy announcements. So, I won't be showing any of these photos on Facebook due to their sensitive nature. But, I figure if someone takes the time to actually visit this blog they won't mind (and probably would appreciate) seeing these photos. So, here are the belly bump and ultrasound pictures so far. Due to me taking most of these photos in the evening, and also to the fertility drug hormone bloat, my belly was fairly puffy and much the same size in most of these photos so you can't really see a difference. But, I still plan to print these pictures and put them in a baby book. Hopefully there will be a child born alive that will appreciate seeing these one day!  

First of all I'll start with the day we transferred the embryo. This is me that very day at the fertility clinic hoping for the best! 


One pretty cool thing about IVF is that you get to see a picture of your embryo 5 days after conception. So this little blob is how an embryo looks 5 days after fertilization. Cool, right?! The app text is totally wrong though. It's definitely not the size of a grain of rice. Our doctor (RE) said it would fit on the end of a pen. So, it's teeny tiny. 



This is my refusal to smile big at week 6 since we were nervous as heck. We took it just a few days after hearing that I was going to have a miscarriage (but after we saw the heartbeat), so I was still quite an emotional wreck.


The first time we saw and heard the heartbeat at 6w3d. The baby is the little white worm looking object at the top of the sac. It's hard to believe there's "fetal cardiac activity" from such a tiny thing! 


I look way more pregnant than 9 weeks in this photo. I will blame a giant Mexican meal.


Ultrasound photo from my first OB (vs RE) appointment. Look at that little shape! This is when she started measuring one day ahead. So technically I was 8w5d, but she measured just shy of 9 weeks here.


At 10.5 weeks I had my first MFM (maternal fetal medicine specialist, or otherwise high risk OB) appointment. At this appointment he said I had a 90% chance of bringing home a healthy baby. That was encouraging! 



She was SO wiggly at this appointment! Like super wiggly. They say when you are this early they have plenty of room to move around. 


By 12 weeks we had just gotten the blood work back that baby was genetically "normal" (not a super thorough blood test, but detects common trisomies) and that she was a girl! So, we were feeling pretty good this week.




This was at 12w3d and look at that cute profile! That was also when they did the nuchal fold test, which measures the back of the neck, which can detect abnormalities, but the measurement looked great. She was pretty wiggly then too. :)


There you have it so far! I was hesitant about getting too many ultrasounds when I was pregnant with Miriam, but this time my thoughts are, "Give me all the ultrasounds to reassure me that everything is currently ok!" 

6 comments:

  1. She looks absolutely gorgeous. So amazing that we can spy on these little ones!!!

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  2. At my current stage of life I love seeing the baby bump and ultrasound pictures, but it occasionally reminds me of how glad I am that Facebook and routine ultrasounds didn't exist while I was going through infertility treatments. I appreciate your honesty about your journey, as well as your compassion for those currently struggling. To be able to place a hand on these pictures while praying for you and this precious girl you're carrying makes it more real to me and I appreciate it. (Plus I know I hated having anyone, even friends, lay hands on my belly for any reason so pictures are great.) 💕💕

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  3. This is wonderful news!! Congratulations!

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  4. I am so, so happy and hopeful for you guys! I know pregnancy after IF and loss is so, so hard. Hope you're feeling well and keeping hopeful :)

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  5. I am thrilled to see this update!

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