Friday, September 25, 2009

Not great, not terrible

We just got back from our ultrasound. First, the bad news: my cervix is shorter. The tech said she was measuring it at "less than 2 cm" and we could see the measurements on the screen as she was doing them and it looked like they ranged from about 1.5-1.9 cm in different places. For this reason, we had to stick around until the radiologist was consulted to see if we needed to go to labor and delivery again or anything, but the radiologist said that since this is basically the same thing we already knew about, there was no point. This is obviously scary, but not unexpected, as it is normal for the cervix to shorten at this point in pregnancy.

Other than that, everything else we learned today was pretty much good news. While my cervix is short, it's still not starting to open, and the tech said that my amniotic fluid levels look "great" (leaking amniotic fluid is an indicator of preterm labor, so it's good that that isn't happening). The baby is still measuring large for his gestational age at 3 pounds, 4 ounces (typical weight for 29 weeks is 2 lbs, 8 oz, which is about what he was when we went in almost a month ago). They didn't say anything about organ growth...if there are any problems with that, I expect we will hear it when we see our OB on Monday.

We also got some new pictures from the ultrasound and I'll post them later today after we have a chance to scan them.

So, anyway, the shortening cervix news is a little unsettling, but this is certainly not the worst news we could have heard today.

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