Wednesday, July 6, 2011

High-Risk Consult & Anatomic Survey Ultrasound

My appointment today with the high-risk doctor for my high blood pressure went well. She basically said that I do have a chronic problem but my range is (currently) not alarming to her, but it is something that needs to be closely monitored. She gave me a BP range that she'd like me to stay in, based on various factors, and right now I am well within that range so that is the good news. The "bad" news is that, a) there is nothing I can do about it (other than not be pregnant), and b) I need to go for ultrasounds/monitoring every 6 weeks, then every 4 weeks by the 3rd trimester, then every week in my last month. Each visit they will check for things such as blood flow, blood saturation levels, growth, etc.

The anatomic ultrasound was an hour of pure bliss mixed with mind-blowing images that sink one down firmly back to where one belongs. Nothing can EVER prepare you for seeing your 19 week unborn child's brain, kidneys, blood flow, spinal column, femur, stomach, etc. on a giant T.V. screen. The results were wonderful- everything appears to be 100% normal and healthy for this stage in the game!

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