Friday, April 5, 2013

Pregnancy Sac

I got to work and saw an email from SCI on my phone.  I was not expecting an update until Monday, so I immediately got worried that something was wrong.  All fears (well, most) were allayed once I opened the email:

Greetings from SCI Healthcare..!!!

We would like to inform you that as per our schedule we have done a USG scan for Meera.

Please find attached herewith files of the same.


We are happy to inform you that we have noted single pregnancy sac in her scan reports.

Our obstetrician have also reviewed the reports & found everything within normal limit.

Meera is also doing fine.

Please note that her next scan will be done within one week to check heartbeat.


We wish you good luck for her next scan.

We will keep you updated.

With Best Regards,
Yogita
SCI Healthcare



I was so relieved to find out that our baby--wow, "our baby"--was doing well (I'm going to refrain from using the terms embryo, fetus, etc., as they seem too clinical).  It was also comforting to know that our lovely surrogate Meera is also doing well.

The only concern I had was that the baby seemed to be tracking a bit behind at 4 weeks 2 days.  By my calculations, the baby should be closer to 5 weeks by now.  I realize that the small size could make it difficult to accurately determine the gestational age, so that is what I am clinging too, plus the fact that the doctor finds everything within normal limits.  At least we're not outliers again; this is one of those times when I don't mind hearing the words "average," "normal," or "adequate."

Like most IPs, I've been staring at our ultrasound scans for hours.  Who knew these grainy, black and white images would be so enthralling?

And for those curious about the report:


Interesting to note the disclaimer the doctor had to sign, indicating that the sex of the baby was not detected or disclosed, as this is against the law in India due to cultural preference for boys.  Of course, it's too early to be able to determine the baby's sex from an ultrasound.  Really and truly, we don't care what sex the baby is so long as it is healthy and continues to be so.  We would take a dozen girls if we could.  OK, Travis made me change that to half a dozen girls, but not all at once.

Crossing our fingers for a strong heartbeat on our next scan.

21 comments:

  1. Hi Ben, Congratulations. I was freaked out about this too at this point in the process. Just and FYI at this early stage the weeks/days can be way off. Although impossible not to worry about something at this stage, this is completely normal. great news though! wishing you a quiet and boring 9 months!

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    1. Sean, thanks for the reassurance! I went back to scour other blogs to see what everyone else had in their reports, then asked Dr. Google. It's impossible not to dissect every little piece of information, haha! Thanks again!

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  2. Hey guys, congratulation. All the best for the heartbeat scan.

    Cheers,

    Chris and Tim

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  3. That is a wonderful way to finish a week :-)
    6 girls? You guys will take shifts, sitting in rocking chair with a gun at the front yard in 15 years! Heehee
    Have a nice weekend guys!

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    1. LOL, too funny! Thanks, we are having a great weekend!

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  4. Congratulations! Our report was very similar same cervical length, and baby measured 4 weeks 3 days.

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    1. Thanks, Critty, hopefully we will have play dates next year!

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  5. Hi Ben, if it is one thing I have learned from my own two pregnancies it is that every child has their "own" way of doing everything, including their heart-rate, size, position and growth. There are "averages"... but you have to remember all the numbers either side :-) Congrats on a great start :-)

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    1. Thanks for the reality check, as your advice seems perfectly reasonable. Now if only I could calm down and follow it! :)

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  6. Congrats! LOL re: girls. Friends with all-girls tell me each child is a blessing... until they hit the teen years :) Wishing you a boring, uneventful remaining pregnancy!

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    1. I know, right? Be careful what we wish for! :)

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  7. Cool start Ben, felicitations !
    May the beat get stronger.

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    1. Thanks, appreciate it you two!

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  9. How are you guys doing this? I thought there was a ban for gays and SCI wasn't doing anymore cycles for gay couples? Did the law change?

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    1. The rules haven't changed as far as we know. We started several cycles unsuccessfully with SCI last year and were currently undergoing further treatment when the rules began being enforced. We agreed to have SCI put our names on a list forwarded to the FRRO as clients currently under treatment. We expect that we are being treated under this allowance. This is likely our last chance, and we feel very grateful to have this opportunity and lucky that we finally became pregnant this time. We are very disappointed that other gays and singles are no longer allowed to pursue their dreams in India for the time being. Hopefully this will change in the near future.

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  10. Wonderful, wonderful progress, two weeks either side is fine at this stage. Happy heartbeat next week!! Meg

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