I’m 20 weeks pregnant now. We went in for an ultrasound today and the sonographer said she thinks the baby is a GIRL. 🙂 The baby was moving quite a bit… the sonographer had a hard time getting some of the pictures she needed to get. Just about everything with the ultrasound looked fine. The only thing the sonographer saw was a little white spot when she look at the baby’s heart. They called it an “echogenic focus”. They think it’s just a small calcification on the heart muscle, but it doesn not affect the heart at all. We did have to meet with a genetic counselor because they say that it can be an indication that there is a slight risk that the baby has Down’s Syndrome. As it turns out, after talking to the counselor and doing some research on my own, there is less than a half a percent (0.5%) that the baby would have Down’s Syndrome. I also found out that in Asians (which I am), up to 30% of pregnancies can show an echogenic focus/foci. I have the option to have another blood test to screen for Down’s Syndrome, but false positives can be common with that test. So I think we will just skip further testing, and not worry and leave it to God. There isn’t anything that we would change with the pregnancy anyways, and there isn’t anything that we’d be able to do about it. Either way, this baby will be loved and squished bunches and bunches. Another thing the genetic counselor said is that having the spot on the heart is pretty common and in some practices, they don’t even mention it to the patients because in most cases, it means nothing. Also, many babies born with Down’s Syndrome don’t ever show the spot(s) on ultrasound. So as far as I’m concerned, it probably doesn’t mean anything significant.
It was pretty neat to see the baby moving around a bunch inside. I couldn’t feel it most of the time, I think because she was facing my spine, instead of my tummy. I’ve had a feeling that the baby was a girl. Everytime I told Nathan that, he’d just shrug his shoulders and say “I guess you have a 50/50 chanceof being right”. During the ultrasound, Sean saw an image on the screen and he said “It looks like a hippo”. So there ya have it… Sean thinks I’m having a hippo. I wonder if he’ll start asking when the hippo will hatch from my belly.