Today is December 4th, 2017. It is officially due date month!! How is this even possible?! This past Friday we had our final ultrasound/growth scan and I thought I would take a moment today to talk about that. There will of course be some super cute photos at the end of the last time we see her until she is born.
On Friday December 1, 2017 at 36 weeks and 4 days we had our final ultrasound/growth scan. Most people are curious as to why we had an ultrasound this late since most women do not get one at this point in pregnancy, unless something is wrong. At our 20 week ultrasound we found out that we have a condition called Marginal Cord Insertion. Normally the umbilical cord that is connected to the baby at his or her belly button is connected to the placenta. The placenta is what provides the vital nutrients and oxygen to the baby. Normally where the cord meets the placenta is about in the center of the placenta or slightly off center. For Penelope her cord inserts into the edge of the top of the placenta. There isn’t really any reason for why this happens. In most cases this doesn’t cause any issues. The main type of issue it can cause is loss of nutrients to baby which would restrict the baby’s growth. This is why we have had multiple growth scans since the 20th week of pregnancy to make sure that she is continuing to grow property without any restrictions. They also check on the cord itself and make sure there isn’t any damage there or need for concern. There are different degrees of insertion conditions and many that are much worse than the one we have. We have been blessed that this condition has caused absolutely no issues for Penelope or myself. We are both one hundred percent healthy. Praise our Lord for his continued blessings in our life. At the ultrasound this past Friday we learned that she is weighing right at 5.14 pounds and my doctor is expecting her to be a normal sized baby of around 7 pounds. She is head down at this point and slowly moving herself down in preparation for birth. It won’t be to much longer!
Baby Dust To All,
*Check back in on December 18th for my blog post that will be all about our birth preferences!