Pregnancy Tracker: 28 weeks, 3 days
Size of the Baby: 2.5 to 3 pounds!
Biggest Obstacle: Waiting patiently.
Parents-to-be hope and pray that their child will be healthy and normal. In some ways, we all hope our children are special, talented, and bright. Today, Dennis and I learned that are child is completely average... and we were ecstatic.
Today was our 28-week ultrasound. The main purpose of this scan is to check the baby's size. As I mentioned in previous posts, type 1 diabetics have all sorts of risk factors that can contribute to either large or undersized babies.
In all of my previous ultrasounds, from as early as 6 weeks, our baby has been measuring exactly as its gestational age. However, it's been nearly two months since we had received a size update, so I wasn't sure what to expect today. Had the baby suddenly put on 3 pounds? Is that marginal placental insertion causing the baby not to grow properly?
It was cool, as always, to see all of the baby's organs, limbs, and beating heart on the ultrasound. We got a little wave and some good shots of the baby's face. After reminding both of the techs that we don't want to know the gender, they were sure not to look in the telltale region.
Much of what the techs checked was indistinguishable for Dennis and me. They took such careful scans of the heart and each individual chamber and ventricle, since that's obviously a critical organ and an area that might be underdeveloped with poorly controlled maternal diabetes.
After cleaning all the icky gel off my belly and looking at the fun pictures with Dennis, we got a visit from the doctor who'd reviewed the scans. She said that the baby was measuring exactly in the 50th percentile for size.
I said, "Average is good." To which she replied, "Average is great!"
Specifically, the baby's weight was calculated to be 2 pounds, 13 ounces, with a 7-ounce margin of error, which puts him or her right in the normal 2.5 to 3 pound range.
The poor ultrasound tech was a student and our little one wasn't making it easy for her to see everything she needed to. I could feel the baby moving all around and she commented that the baby was extremely active.
At 28 weeks I also started logging daily kick counts. When I notice the baby is active, I note the start time and wait to feel 10 distinct movements. After 10 kicks, I record the end time. If I go a day without feeling the baby move, I'm supposed to call the doctor and possibly go get checked at the hospital. So far so good with the kick counts. Today the baby got all excited and moved 10 times within 2 minutes. A new personal record!
Published On: October 23, 2007