What you need to know about normal 12 week ultrasound, pregnancy ultrasounds.

Hi guys, welcome back to another post, I hope you all have an amazing new year so far and beautiful holidays, you must be very excited if you reach 12 weeks, girl you are about to finish the first trimester, eyyyy….

So as usual on this article, you will find good info about your 12 week pregnancy plus how and what to expect on your 12 week Ultrasound, if you want to learn something cool today keep reading.

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Things are changing rapidly at 12 weeks, your hormones are likely to tone things down a bit, hopefully making you feel better about your pregnancy symptoms. It also means you may be ready to share your pregnancy news with family and friends, finally the moment of truth.

How Big Is Baby at 12 Weeks?
At 12 weeks pregnant, the baby is as big as a plum. The average fetus at 12 weeks is about 5.4 cm to 6.6 cm on the CRL measurement. Now at this point, your baby has all his or her important organs developed already, his or her main job is to keep on growing.

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12 weeks pregnant symptoms.

As your hormones start to calm a bit, your morning sickness and fatigue may start to feel better as well, however headaches and dizziness may replace them. Here’s more info about what’s happening to your body at 12 weeks pregnant:

Headaches: These may start to intensify around week 12 of pregnancy. Headaches may be caused by hormonal shifts, drops in blood sugar, dehydration, lack of sleep, or stress. To deal with this pay attention to what might be triggering your headaches and try to avoid those things. If you notice a drastic increase in headaches or a type of headache you’ve never experienced before (such as a migraine), let your OB know.

Spotting: Spotting or bleeding during pregnancy at 12 weeks could be something or it could be nothing at all, it could be something as silly as a polyp in the cervix or a cyst in the ovary, the simple fact of having sex could cause light bleeding that’s harmless, however its always good to check, so If you’re experiencing spotting or bleeding, definitely tell your doctor. If the bleeding is accompanied by cramping or the flow is heavy then it can be serious, call your doctor right away.

Dizziness: Hormone shifts and blood pressure changes could cause dizziness at week 12. You can help prevent this symptom by snacking frequently and drinking plenty of water. if the dizziness doesn’t let you function or you start feeling other weird things let your doctor know.

Increased vaginal discharge: This clear discharge might seem gross to you, but it’s normal and has an important purpose, to protect your vagina from infection. But if you have yellow, greenish, pink, or brown discharge during pregnancy week 12, call your doctor immediately. Those colors could be a sign of infection or preterm labor.

As usual, I will link the most recent previous post down here in case you want to check them out.

What you need to know about the normal 11 week ultrasound.

What you need to know about the normal 10 week ultrasound.

And now the juicy stuff ” What to expect on your 12 week ultrasound scan”

We still perform this Ultrasound Transvaginally, starting with Mommy first then the baby.

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Ultrasound image of the CRL, the measurement that we perform on the baby at this time.

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Ultrasound image of a baby in which you can define clearly the profile view of the face, the body and the leg, how cute is that!!!!

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The profile view of your baby’s face is becoming more clear and clear as he or she keeps growing!!!

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Ultrasound image of your baby’s strong heartbeat, the normal beat expected to trace at this time is between 160 to 175 bpm.

 

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OMG, I couldn’t resist to include another picture of the fetal profile, this picture is just precious!!!

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Ultrasound image showing a defined hand.

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As well as the legs are clearly defined at this point.

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3D image of a 12 week baby, you can appreciate this picture, the baby’s head, arms, and legs, the insertion of the umbilical cord as well.

 

Guys, I receive a lot of questions about having 3D ultrasounds, Ultrasound, in general, is a very safe imaging technique for mom and baby and a valuable tool for the doctors to evaluate the development and growth of your baby,  however 3D is not recommended to have more than 4 on the entire pregnancy, because intense sound waves are used in 3D or 4D ultrasounds so is higher the amount of heat produced on this type of ultrasounds, so is better to do it when is medically necessary, and the best time to obtain the best pictures are between  26-32 weeks of pregnancy.

 

Facts about your baby!!!

*Baby at 12 weeks is opening and closing his or her fingers and curling toes. And baby’s brain is still developing fast!

*Baby’s now developing reflexes, you’ll likely see movement on ultrasounds.

*The fetus begins to produce thyroid hormones.

*The pancreas is beginning to make insulin, and the kidneys are starting to produce urine as well.

 

Already so this concludes this week post, by now you are probably done with the first round of genetic and chromosomal testing, you still should expect other labs on the doctors appointments, by now you are only required to visit your doctor once a month unless there is a medical condition that they need to monitor closely, as always thanks for reading my post, I will be talking to you next time.

zadi, XO

 

What you need to know about normal 10 week ultrasound, pregnancy ultrasounds.

Hi guys, welcome back to another post, this time about Normal 10 week ultrasound, as usual, I will talk about the important things you need to know at this time and finally we will go to the Ultrasound part, so let’s get started…

At 10 weeks your baby is as big as a strawberry, measuring about 3.1 to 4.1 cm long and weighing about 0.14 ounces.

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10 weeks pregnant symptoms.

Wondering what to expect at 10 weeks pregnant? As your baby grows, your ligaments and muscles are starting to stretch on your pregnant belly, your breasts are getting bigger, they are probably sore too and some other changes are also happening. Here are some of the most common 10 weeks pregnant symptoms:

Morning sickness: Still strong at 10 weeks, morning sickness is caused by high levels of hormones in your body, this symptom gets better after you pass the first trimester.

Fatigue: Remember that you are under the effects of many hormones, especially increased levels of progesterone that is responsible for making you sleepy and also your body is producing more blood to carry nutrients to your growing baby, therefore, your blood pressure and blood sugar levels are lower, the best remedy for this symptom is more REST.

Mood swings: Because of the hormones and also because other symptoms, you may find your emotions more difficult to control. Remember is okay to slow down and take breaks throughout your day ( to do whatever makes you feel good and relax), also try to avoid stressful situations.

Round ligament pain: At this time you start feeling some aches and pains in your abdomen as it stretches to accommodate your growing baby. While some moms-to-be don’t really feel this pain for other mothers is very uncomfortable. If you’re 10 weeks pregnant with twins, round ligament pain could be even more noticeable. Let your OB doctor know if your discomfort is intense.

Growing breasts. Your breasts have probably gotten bigger by this time since they’ve been prepping for breastfeeding for weeks already!

Increased vaginal discharge. An increased blood flow to your vagina coupled with an increase in estrogen production could cause more of clear, odorless discharge. Might seem a little gross, but this substance is simply nature’s way of getting rid of bacteria. If it’s colored, tinged with blood, has a foul odor, or causes discomfort call your doctor. Those could be something else.

Visible veins: Another thing you may start noticing at this time is all those blue lines that suddenly has appeared on your skin, these veins are doing a very important job which is carrying the increased blood supply needed to nourish your growing fetus.

Other symptoms discussed on my previous post like Frequent urination and Headaches, combined with other symptoms like indigestion, bloating and gases are also happening right now, be patient, I promised it will be better soon, links for my previous posts are down below in case you want to check them out.

What you need to know about the normal 8 week ultrasound.

What you need to know about the normal 9 week ultrasound.

What to expect on your 10 week ultrasound scan:

As usual, we start with the maternal organs first then is baby time…

Remember the 10 weeks scan is still done transvaginally.

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Ultrasound image of a fetus at 10 weeks, the round area surrounding the baby is called the Amnion, this structure is more visible at this time, placenta is still developing, yolk sac is visible at this time as well, your fetus is starting to look more like a baby, arms and legs are clearly seen, and movements are more noticeable too.

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Ultrasound image of a 10 week fetus, the measurement that is done at this time is still the Crump Rump Length(CRL)

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And remember we always need to get a signal on the doppler, that’s the heart of your baby beating!!!!!

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 Image of a 3D ultrasound on a 10 week fetus.

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Ultrasound image of Fraternal twins at 10 weeks, you can see the thick membrane separating the babies.

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Ultrasound image of Identical twins at 10 weeks, these babies share the same sac.

Remember the possibility of a Miscarriage is still high, Ultrasound will always check for Subchorionic bleedings or any other abnormalities, after ultrasounds you should be seeing your doctor for the results.

Facts about your baby!!!

At 10 weeks your baby has working arm joints, and cartilage and bones are forming. Your baby’s vital organs are fully developed and they’re starting to function as well. Fingernails and hair are starting to appear too! And your baby is already swallowing and kicking inside your belly!!!

At 10 weeks you will start having genetic testing to rule out diseases, the first test will be the Harmony, this test analyzes cell-free DNA in maternal blood and gives a strong indication of whether the fetus is at high or low risk of having trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) or trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome). If the Harmony test shows that there is a high risk that the fetus has trisomy 21 or 18 or 13 it does not mean that the fetus definitely has one of these defects. If you want to be certain if the fetus has one of these defects you should have CVS or amnio.

I will explain more in deep CVS , AMNIO and Nuchal Translucency on my next post which will be published next Thursday because Tuesday will be Christmas day, I wish all my readers and followers a very Merry Christmas, thanks for being with me in this new adventure, I hope to have you around next year and the following years to come, Next post will be Normal 11 week Ultrasound, I see you there….

IMG_3222A picture of me and my family on Christmas last year!!!!

XO Zadi.

What you need to know about normal 9 week ultrasound, pregnancy ultrasounds.

Hi guys, before I start this post I want to take a minute to thank all my readers and followers for the love and support, I really appreciate all of you, remember that my goal with this blog  is to serve and inform and I will keep bringing you good and quality content that you can rely on, thank you again and welcome!!!!

OK, so as you can see today I will be talking about ” Normal 9 week ultrasound”, what to expect, what you are going to see on the ultrasound scan etc…

If you haven’t seen my last post, I will link it down below for you.

What you need to know about the normal 8 week ultrasound.

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OK so let’s start with the juicy stuff, shall we???

At 9 weeks your baby is about the size of a Cherry, in measurements that will be about 2.3 to 3.0 cm long, and the weight will be about 0.07 ounces.

9 weeks pregnant symptoms.

Expect that at this time the pregnancy hormone HCG is circulating through your body at its highest level. That means at 9 weeks, some pregnancy symptoms may be more severe. Don’t worry in a few more weeks your hormones will start leveling out a bit, leaving you feeling a little more like yourself. Here are what the symptoms at 9 weeks feel like:

  • Fatigue: Because of your hormones are working overtime to grow and develop your 9 week fetus you are probably feeling with zero energy. The remedy for this is Sleep more if you can, and keep your blood sugar stable by snacking continuously throughout the day in a healthy way.

  • Morning sickness: A high percentage of pregnant women experience morning sickness. If you are 9 weeks pregnant with twins, you may have more severe symptoms. The bad news is that at 9 weeks, morning sickness is likely to be at its worst, the good news is that is about to get better soon. Therefore you can try different things to see what makes you feel better, many moms-to-be find that ginger tea, frequent small meals and snacks, and vitamin B6 help ease nausea.

  • Mood swings: Because of all the hormones and also because other symptoms such as nausea and fatigue are bothering you, you may find your emotions more difficult to control. Remember is okay to slow down and take breaks (do whatever makes you feel good and relax), and try to avoid stressful situations.

  • Frequent urination: Because your uterus is growing and because the blood flow to your pelvic area is increased, you may be going to the bathroom more often than you did before pregnancy. Don’t let that urge to stop you from drinking a lot of water. It’s important that you stay hydrated at all times.

  • Headaches: Due to high levels of hormones you can experience headaches, this symptom can also be the result of dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, hunger, lack of sleep or stress. You can make it better by eating often, getting good sleep, and drinking lots of water. Before you take any medication check with your doctor first.

What to expect on your 9 week ultrasound scan:

As usual, we start with the maternal organs first then is baby time…

Remember the 9 weeks scan is still done transvaginally.

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Ultrasound image of 9 weeks fetus, at this time your baby shows defined arms and legs, still small but more clear to see now, you can also expect to see movements during the scan.

You still see on the ultrasound the amnion and the yolk sac, the placenta is not formed yet, you can check this link for deep info about yolk sac and amnion.

Normal first trimester ultrasound, scan at 6 weeks of gestation.

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Ultrasound image of the measurement that is done at this time, the Crump rump length.

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And very important Doppler of the heart showing a strong signal, expect the heartbeat to be higher at this time, usually from 150 to 175 bpm approximately.

Remember the possibility of a Miscarriage is still high, Ultrasound will always check for Subchorionic bleedings or any other abnormalities, after ultrasounds you should be seeing your doctor for the results, Subchorionic bleedings are not to worry but is important to take precautions like NO heavy lifting and take it easy for a while.

Fun facts about your baby!!!

At this time your Baby is not considered an embryo anymore now he or she is a fetus! These two terms define different phases of development. The embryonic phase is about forming major organs, including the brain, heart,  lungs, arms, and legs. Once you’ve got a fetus, those organs and parts are formed and are now growing and developing.
At this time also your baby is developing more distinct facial features and getting more cuter than what already is, also the heartbeat is starting to get stronger, the levels now should be 150 to 175 beats per minute.

What to expect on this appointment.

Other prenatal tests you can expect around 9 weeks pregnant include blood work to test for hormone levels, blood type, white and red blood cell counts, and certain diseases. You’ll also have a pap smear to check for abnormalities on the cervix if you are seeing the doctor for the first time on this visit, checking for signs of cervical cancer or STDs, and a urine test to check protein levels and sugar levels to rule out gestational diabetes and preeclampsia respectively.

OK, guys thanks for staying with me until the end, on my next post I will be talking about 10 week ultrasound, thank you for the love and support on my blog, I will love to have you back…

XO Zadi.

What you need to know about normal 8 week ultrasound, pregnancy ultrasounds.

Hi guys, welcome back to another post, today as you can see on the title, the topic will be ” Normal 8 week Ultrasound”. Well let me guess, you are 8 weeks pregnant now and you still don’t believe it because your belly is not showing and you don’t fell the baby kicks, I know, but what if I tell you that miracles are happening inside your womb at this moment, stay with me to find out…

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In case you want to see my previous post about Normal 7 week ultrasound, I will leave it down below for you:

Normal 7 weeks ultrasound.

At 8 weeks your baby is about the size of a raspberry, in measurements that will be about 2.0 cm long, and the weight will be about 0.04 ounces.

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8 weeks pregnant symptoms.

  • Sore breasts: the production of milk on your breast is starting at this point so you may start feeling your boobs bigger, heavier and sore.

  • Constipation: Constipation is a typical symptom in 50% of pregnant women, there are small changes that you can do to ease this symptom, things like drinking more water, eating fiber-rich fruits and veggies and mild to moderate exercise, if there are no risks on your pregnancy, can help you a lot, if nothing helps then talk to your doctor for other remedies.

  • Weird dreams: Is uncertain why this happens but is probably due to your new thoughts and anxieties related to your new pregnancy.

  •  A powerful sense of smell: It can be something totally innocuous or that never bothered you before, but now because of your superhuman-like sense of smell you are sniffing that aroma from miles away, be careful because this symptom can trigger nausea.

  • Morning sickness: I talk about this symptom on my prior post, morning sickness is caused by high levels of hormones in your body, this symptom gets better with time, and you can help yourself with Ginger tea, vitamin B6 and acupuncture.

  • Fatigue: Remember that you are under the effects of many hormones, especially increased levels of progesterone are responsible for making you sleepy and also your body is producing more blood to carry nutrients to your growing baby, therefore, your blood pressure and blood sugar levels are lower, the best remedy for this symptom is REST and SLEEP MORE.

  • Cramps and spotting: mild cramping and pink or brown spotting can be normal however an Ultrasound is always a good idea to rule out miscarriages.

What to expect on your 8 week ultrasound scan:

After obtaining images of Maternal uterus and ovaries, let’s go straight to the fun part… Remember maternal health is a priority and is as important as baby’s health.

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Ultrasound image of a fetal pole at 8 weeks 5 days, the measurement is shown in this picture is the Crump-rump length.

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At the 8 week scan your baby starts showing arms and legs, and sometimes you can even see movements during the ultrasound.

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The black spaces on the baby’s head are the brain still developing, is important to take acid folic at this time and to stay away from addicting habits like smoke and/or drugs, those habits will create addiction on your baby’s brain as well.

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Ultrasound image of the doppler on the baby’s heart!!!!

As you can see your 8 week Ultrasound is very exciting, your baby already has lips and nose, is showing arms and legs and you will probably see movements on the ultrasound as well, your baby is still growing and changing at a rapid pace.

Remember that chances of miscarriages are still high at 8 weeks, miscarriages can be due to chromosomal or genetic abnormalities, the causes are not clear however regular visits and ultrasounds will help you to feel more relaxed.

On your first appointment, you can expect labs, your doctor needs to know your blood type, if you are RH negative or positive, CBC ( blood count), and screening for Hepatitis B, STDs, HIV, and certain immunities.

Also on every single visit, you will have to give a urine sample so your glucose and protein levels can be monitored to rule out gestational diabetes and preeclampsia respectively.

OK, guys thanks for staying with me until the end, on my next post I will be talking about 9 week ultrasound, thank you for the love and support on my blog, I will love to have you back…

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XO Zadi.