Today I had my 16 week MCA scan. Even though we just had a scan on Friday and everything was ok, I was really scared that her numbers had gone up and she was anemic. Her numbers did go up, but not by a lot. On Friday her level was 1.27 and today it was 1.34. This is still considered to be in the normal range (although on the high end of normal.) If it gets to 1.5 Nora will need a blood transfusion, but for now she’s staying steady around the 1.2-1.4 range. The doctor stressed again how important an amniocentesis was, so we finally gave our consent and they did the amnio right there in the ultrasound room. It went smoothly with no complications so now all we have to do is wait. The results should be back sometime next week and they will tell us if Nora has her Daddy’s blood type (kell positive) or her Mommy’s blood type (kell negative.) Please pray that she is kell negative. If she is we can stop all treatments and monitoring and have a normal pregnancy. If she is kell positive she will have to fight for her life and will definitely need intrauterine blood transfusions and be born prematurely.
My next MCA scan is on Friday. There is a small possibility that the amniocentesis could make my antibodies more aggressive so pray that she is kept safe and has a low MCA scan on Friday. These next 4 or 5 weeks are the most dangerous in the whole pregnancy since Nora could become very anemic and the doctors don’t have much they can do to help a baby this early. The further along I am in the pregnancy, the easier it is to treat the baby. Our goal is to make it to viability which should be around the end of April. Nora has a long way to go, but we are doing all that we can and we have to just trust God hour by hour to take care of her.
Today we are thankful that she isn’t anemic and sick and is active with a good heart beat. She is actually kicking me as I type this (which makes me so happy!) Here are a few ultrasound pictures from the 16 week appointment: