We had our official anatomy scan this morning and I am thrilled to report that everything is looking good and we have confirmation that we are having a girl! All of the vital organs are growing and the baby is measuring right on track and blood flow to the placenta and through the umbilical cord looks good. Phew!
I've realized that I really need to come up with a nickname for this little one so I can stop referring to her as "she" or "her." We called L "Lemon" the whole time she was in the womb and I loved having a nickname for her (we were very superstitious and didn't give her a real name until she was born... not that it helped).
Today's ultrasound was with the high-risk OB who finally clarified something for me that I have been quite confused about. We lost L due to extensive clotting in the placenta, which essentially cut off her blood supply. My understanding has been that the only way you can see potential issues with blood flow before birth is through the use of doppler ultrasound showing blood flow. Typically this isn't done unless and until the baby starts measuring small, but L was born at a normal size, so she didn't have growth restriction. My fear is that if we wait until we see growth restriction, it would be too late to help this baby if something is wrong. All of my doctors thus far have said that since doppler ultrasound hasn't been studied to show effectiveness to detect clotting, they don't suggest it. But since I had clotting in such an unusual way, of course it hasn't been studied! Does that mean we shouldn't be as proactive as possible in preventing it from happening again? I certainly don't think so. Does anyone have experience with doppler monitoring for blood flow? I'd love to know.
The OB today finally agreed that we would use doppler ultrasound to look at blood flow starting at 24 weeks as a precautionary measure. It certainly isn't a guaranteed way to detect clotting, but since there is no harm, I'm relieved that we'll add it to our normal monitoring. If nothing else, it will give me some peace of mind.
It will be a few weeks before we have another appointment and in that time we have our first vacation in over a year. I cannot wait for a week off! The last two weeks I have felt like I did at 10 weeks with L - so, SO exhausted every day. At 9 PM, my eyelids are shutting and I cannot force myself to stay awake any longer. I think a week off will be just the break I need.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!