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Ultrasound Update!

This morning I had an ultrasound to check the size and position of the baby.  He's head down, lying on his left side with his feet up under my ribs...   I didn't get any good pictures as the little guy was moving around too much but I DID get to see his little foot (he has 5 toes- yay!) and his chest moving up and down as he practices breathing.  So that was cool!  The tech estimated him at 5 lbs, 15 oz. right now which is a little small but nothing to worry about especially since I was a small baby too.

After my ultrasound I had a regular appointment.  Apparently one of the things they also checked during the ultrasound was the amount of amniotic fluid.  And apparently the amount of fluid in me is on the low side.  Normal levels are 10 or higher, they induce labor at 5 or lower, and I was measured at a 7.  The doctor said that this is just an estimate and that I shouldn't worry about it, it could just be that the little guy hadn't peed lately and so the level was low.  She also said that there's nothing I can do to control it but that they wanted me to do a non-stress test to make sure that the baby was fine.  Of course, the machine in the office was broken so they had to send me to their other location in Quincy.  I got there and they strapped me up to the fetal heart-rate monitor and I got to lay on the table and listen to his heart beat for half an hour.  The doctor there said that everything seems to be fine.

Next Wednesday I'll do the whole thing again, the non-stress test and the ultrasound to check for fluids.  At that point if there's no change or if there's less fluid I'll most likely be induced.  Since I'll be halfway through week 37 the baby will be full-term so there shouldn't be any problem with him coming a little early.. (and as I've already mentioned, I'd be totally fine with an early arrival!)  We'll just have to wait and see what happens I guess! I'll keep you all updated!


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