Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dote, Dote, Dote...

The umbilical cord was in front of her face, so that's what the deal is with the line-ish thing over the bridge of her nose.


So some of you might be wondering why I am getting all these ultrasounds. No, I have not bribed an ultrasound tech. Kate has a two vessel umbilical cord. It's also called a Single Umbilical Artery (SUA). Normally a baby has two arteries and one vein in the cord, but she only has one artery and one vein. It is associated with some abnormalities, but we seem to be lucky and none have shown up in fairly extensive ultrasound scans. Now that the concern of abnormalities is pretty much over, the only concern is that blood flow might be restricted and she could experience impaired growth or other similar problems. This is what is being checked for by my now weekly ultrasounds. So far, everything looks great though! It is quite common for the one artery to get larger and fully compensate for the missing one, resulting in a perfectly normal pregnancy. So far, that seems to be the case and we just get a lot of peeks at Kate. The other result is that I will be induced about a week early, guaranteeing that I will NOT go almost a week past my due date and then still end up being induced like happened with Claire AND Scott.


Kristen said...

cute picture...fun to see often. thanks for the reminder on the "condition" glad everything is checking out well.

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