Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Anatomical details

Nuchal fold width--fine.
Nasal bone--present.


Having an abdominal ultrasound was a surreal experience. I never thought I'd make it to the days of doctor's appointments with pants on! No worries, though. I did still have to have a pap smear and a transvag ultrasound to check the length of my cervix (which was good-yay!), so I got plenty of pants-free time too.

What a huge relief. The only disappointing thing was that the tech had the monitor facing away from me the entire time, so I couldn't see what was going on. My lucky husband saw it all, but failed to give me the running commentary that I wanted. Oh well. The important thing is that all is well.

Sarah asked what it was like. Really, it was just like having an absurd quantity of gel put on your abdomen and then a ball rubbed around on it. The one thing that surprised me was how long it took. The tech was working on me for a good 15 minutes. Of course this made me really nervous, since he didn't say anything while he was doing it. I guess he was just being thorough, though.

I was also surprised that they didn't do any bloodwork. I wanted to ask the doctor about that, but then she suddenly disappeared before I had the chance. I have heard that it's not that accurate with women over 35, so maybe that's it. Or maybe it's just a Korea thing. Who knows?


Anonymous said...

With my son, bloodwork was not a routine part of the nuchal, so all we went on was the measurement. This time around, they didn't do bloodwork because it's never done with multiples. I've heard that it's unreliable with IVF, but I think that's because of the likelihood of multiple embryos implanting (even if only one makes it to the nuchal scan) and contributing to blood composition.

It sounds like it went really well though. Yay!

Hopeful Mother said...

Wonderful news on the NT scan results!!!!

Sarah said...

maybe they will combine the results of the scan with bloodwork drawn earlier or later? whatever, it's fantastic news! congratulations!!

Samantha said...

I'm glad things look good!

Watson said...