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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

OOTD and How a Pediatrician Behaves at Ultrasounds

I promised more about the ultrasound from a few weeks ago. So we all went to the appointment which was entertaining with a four year old in tow. I think she was expecting to see pictures of the actual baby rather than the grainy ultrasound pictures, which immediately led to boredom. After listening to about five minutes of melodramatic Victorian-era sighing and 21st century whining, we got the iPad out to distract her.

As for the ultrasound, I let me enlighten you as to how a pediatrician (or probably anyone in the medical field) goes into the anatomy scan ultrasound. Most non-medical folks want everything to be okay but really want to know if it's a boy or a girl. Here is my internal monologue...

Oh good, there are the kidneys. Thank God! That means the lungs are probably okay (babies swallow their pee, which actually enters the lungs and makes them grow)...

Come on, heart. Please oh please oh please have four chambers... whew! No Fontan or BT shunts (heart defect surgeries) for us...

Where's the stomach? Is it in the abdomen? What? No diaphragmatic hernia? Nice. Below the diaphragm like we wanted.

Please be a boy OR a girl, and not something inbetween (just being honest)...

All fingers and toes, right? No amniotic bands? Good!

So you see how medicine gives you skewed perspective of an ultrasound. Of course, we would deal with any issues, but it is always amusing to me how much my medicine background makes me know too much, sometimes. It is an absolute miracle to me that the vast majority of babies and pregnancies turn out absolutely normal.

And here is an belly pic from last week.

20 weeks (sorry for the blurry pic)
J.Crew shirt, bracelet and flower pin
Banana Republic necklace
Old Navy skirt
Target watch
DSW shoes
How about you, does your professional background skew the way you view things?
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