GOD IS GOOD! That is always the case, but it was made evident in a big way to our family over the past few days! Our ultrasound this afternoon went very well, and Brady is looking great! He measured in at 1lb 9oz which is in the 56th percentile! To doctor was pleased with his growth, and his heart rate which was 141bpm.
The update on the issues which were brought to our attention in the last ultrasound was a positive one!
There were 3 things that the doctor was concerned about last visit.
1) Echogenic Bowel or Bright Bowel
2) Ascites or Fluid around the bowels
3) Oblong Head, I apologize but I cant remember the medical term!!
Apparently none of these things are crazy bad when it is just a single issue, but when in combination... they can mean things like Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, or that the baby has some sort of infection. When we left our last appointment, we were terrified! We had no idea what to expect, and they said they wanted to see us back in 4 weeks.
At today's appointment, the doctor was MUCH more pleasant! He started the conversation by letting us know that Brady was breech. We were expecting this from the moment we found out we were pregnant, so it wasn't much of a shock! I have a "arcuate uterus" which simply means it looks like a heart. This causes a septum right in the middle creating 2 sides. Once the baby gets so big, it can't turn into the head down position, because the septum prevents that. So, we have breech babies! Brady being in breech position is what has caused the "oblong head". Basically he is "squished", and it will fix it's self naturally. Possibly before birth as my uterus gets bigger. The measurements they took of his head were of no alarm to the doctor this visit!
Secondly, he moved to the Echogenic Bowel... which is still present. However, he feels that the most likely cause for the bright bowel is Brady swallowing some blood. This is not harmful to Brady. The doctor said it is common for blood to get into the amniotic fluid as the amniotic sac develops, therefore the baby would take in blood.
Thirdly, the ascites... has vanished! We are not sure where the fluid went, but he was glad that it was gone!
So... all in all... Brady is growing strong, and and we have no concerns at the time! The doctor didnt book another ultrasound until January! That is 9 weeks out, so obviously there is nothing to worry about!! YAY!
The doctor did say that I can basically expect to have another c-section. Since, Brady is breech at this point, he most likely will not be able to turn head down, and we will likely have the same scenario as we did with Abbie. However, that is not a bad thing, and we will be greatful that he is here... no matter how that happens!!