13 weeks, MFM appt, and NT Scan!

Yesterday, I hit the 2nd trimester!! I never truly imagined reaching that milestone. What a miracle. I also had my appointment with the MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine) specialist and my NT scan! I was feeling nervous, but excited. Prior to every ultrasound, I worry that spot’s heart might have stopped beating or something bad might have happened since the last check. I wish I didn’t think of things like that, but I do sometimes. Not constantly or anything, but it pops in my head. I had some added anxiety, because one of my worries was that there would be an abnormalityย on my NT scan. I wasย very hyper that whole day.

I had nothing to worry about though, thankfully! They were not able to discuss the details or full results yet, but they were able to tell me that nothing abnormal was seen on the scan! Thank you, God!ย I had some labs done, too. I almost opted not to get them, because I know there can be false positives. I figure we can deal with that if it arises. I feel pretty confident now that everything will be fine. Not that an abnormality would change how I feel about my baby, but I would want to know what’s going on. It is something that Andy and I wanted to check, so we went ahead with it. The lab results will be back in about a week, and we will discuss all the results, including the ultrasound, at that time.

The ultrasound was amazing!! It lasted about 30 minutes, so the tech could examine and measure every nook and cranny. I loved looking at spot for so long and getting to see so much detail and anatomy. Spot was being ornery and giving her a hard time, lol. It was funny – she wanted to get a good profile pic and measure the nuchal fold around the neck, but spot kept looking straight ahead at us! Like “hi” mommy and daddy! LOL! She got all the data she needed though. We tried to take a peak at the gender, but spot was curling up his/her legs, so we couldn’t tell. I don’t mind, it’s still early & I’m just so relieved that my baby is healthy!! I didn’t really expect to see anything yet, anyway.

Look how cute – omg!! The 3D part was the best! I’m soooo in love…….







2.12.13 - 13 weeks

I have to say that the entire staff there was SO NICE, caring, and professional. Big difference from my OB’s office. I love that this clinic is in the hospital where I would deliver, too. Everyone was very friendly, thorough, and explained what was going on with each part of the visit. They actually listened to me, answered questions, and didn’t make me feel rushed. It was a great appointment! They also mentioned that they have followed patients of Dr. Kwak-Kim’s before, and would likely follow me too! I hope so! We will talk more in about a week.

The only “blip” was that my blood pressure was slightly elevated. I’m not too happy about that, but I’m not worried. I think part of it was that I was so hyped up and anxious all day. They said we would keep an eye on it. They did check my urine for protein or whatever, and it was fine.

I have a regular OB check up tomorrow. Not really sure what that will entail. I have a few questions for her about what would happen if the specialist follows me, how often do I actually need appointments, and when can we find out the gender. I need to let her know how her staff has been acting during my last few visits. I’ll have to schedule my upcoming weekly ultrasounds tomorrow, as well. I need some more labs done, too because Dr. Kwak-Kim is changing the frequency of some of them. She wants my thyroid tested every 2 weeks now, so something must not have looked quite right with it. I wish my body would stay in line. It kinda freaks me out how things suddenly change, but thankfully they are staying on top of everything.

I’m feeling good! Not much has changed since my weekly update last week as far as symptoms, cravings, etc. I am happy, excited, and ready for what’s to come! I’m working on the gender reveal party ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚ Other than that, I’m just kinda sad and worried about my Grandma. She’s in the hospital and dealing with a variety of issues all of a sudden. It’s scary. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope you will keep her in your thoughts and/or prayers, please. I would really appreciate it. โค


16 thoughts on “13 weeks, MFM appt, and NT Scan!

  1. Lisa, I am grinning ear to ear over your good news. So glad you had a great appointment and love you specialist! I saw a perinatologist for my entire pregnancy and loved them as well. Try not to worry about the NT scan. It is simply a screening tool to help determine if a more invasive diagnostic procedure with higher risks (like an amnio) is warranted. I was so nervous about mine (at 38, I had good reason!) but the scan showed no abnormalities and when they get my blood results back, they showed the risk of a problem to be the equivalent of a 20-year-old! Super low! So I opted out of the amnio. But then ended up with gestational diabetes (boo) so still was monitored very closely.

    I am so sorry to hear your grandma isn’t doing well. It’s hard to struggle with something like that while already going through something like pregnancy. It sounds like you have a good support system though and your new MFM doc sounds like a great fit. All the best as you start the next trimester–this is where it starts to get really interesting! Enjoy every second!

  2. Congrats on a great scan! You must be breathing a huge sigh of relief now, just one big step closer to a healthy baby in your arms. Very curious to see what you choose for a gender-reveal mechanism… there’s something kind of old-school and cheesy about the cake-slicing that I can’t help but love. Except then you have to eat blue or pink cake. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. So happy your NT scan went well and that you love your specialist! I know how nervewracking these tests can be and its so important to be at an office where you feel comfortable. Hopefully you can have most of your appointments there over your regular OBs.

    Spots 3d pic is amazing! I’ve never seen them so early and its going to be really cool watching how he/she develops over the next few months!

    I am so sorry to hear abour your grandma–i hope she gets better and I will definitely keep her in my prayers. Big hugs to you!

  4. Congrats on T2! Wow, time flies, eh? Have you thought about trying to eat healthier to bring down your blood pressure a bit? Vegetables instead of Lucky Charms, my dear. ๐Ÿ™‚ I worry about nutrition. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs! (Sorry, please don’t take that the wrong way – but I really do think about you loads and hope things are going well, and ramen noodles and Lucky Charms makes warning bells go off in my head – hugs!)

    • Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL, you’re silly. I just addressed your comment in my newest post ๐Ÿ™‚ I do think it’s kind of rude to assume I don’t eat healthy, just because I list a few cravings in my posts. I’m not going to post my whole diet, LOL.

  5. Lisa….long time follower here, who has been away for months….So happy to see you are expecting. Thats the best news ever……Also just wanted to see, did they take your blood pressure with the digital machines or manually?? I don’t know if it was the MTHFR, blood thinners or what, but during my pregnancy, I had BP readings that were a little high at the docs but after they would check it manually and it was perfect. It was always good at home on my own machine. Even now a couple months after birth, its still happening at the docs, so now they have to take my BP manually rather than with the digitals….never been a problem until the pregnancy……just something to check into.

  6. Hi Lisa, I’ve been a stalker of yours for years starting on TWW. SOOO thrilled you are expecting and that I get read all about your amazing pregnancy. Anyways, I wanted to tell you that I think blood pressure being up a little during an appointment is totally normal. I actually found that when I would bring my 3 year old to my appointments with our 2nd baby, my blood pressure was always higher than when I didn’t ๐Ÿ˜‰ So excitement (or stress) can totally be a factor. Keep up the great work!!! Can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or a girl ๐Ÿ™‚

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