Entry by Team LSF Stylist – Tine Lucas
January 6, 2012
8 weeks and 6 days
Had difficulty getting out of bed today. Coming home late from Jayjay’s birthday bash last night didn’t stop us from rushing to St. Lukes and have our 2nd transviginal ultrasound and see how our baby is doing. Time to check his/her heartbeat! A bit nervous!
TRANSVIGINAL ULTRASOUND OR TRANSABDOMINAL?
A client who also found out that she was pregnant messaged me in facebook and asked about TVS or having transabdominal. I suggested that she go for the TVS considering that she’s still in her 6 weeks but suggested that she does this on the 8th week so as not to repeat cost. Compared to the transabdominal, the embryo is still too small so accuracy will not be as precise.
We did our first TVS during my 6th week, Dra Capistrano suggested that we undergo the test to rule out an ectopic pregnancy because of the unusual abdominal pain that I was having. The test confirmed my pregnancy and that I was safe from an ectopic pregnancy but the heartbeat was still too faint. It was normal because of the age of the embryo.
Because of this, our Sonologist ( Dra. Sandee Go) & Ob Gyne (Dra. Regina Capistrano) suggested that we repeat the test during my 8th week to confirm and measure the cardiac activity of the baby.
So here we are again! Back in st lukes global city! I love how abandoned it feels! You don’t have to squirm yourself and rush around. Back in the Women’s health care department, we found out that St. Lukes increased their rates by 5%.
Im thinking that the discount that reflected in the OR is the usual norm of st lukes just to make you feel better? I guess Filipinos have this trait that any amount is fine as long as they get it at a discounted rate
DATE TVU Rate Discount Net Amount
Dec 16, 2011 2,600.00 416.00 2,184.00
Jan 6, 2011 2,730.00 435.80 2,293.20
When it was time to view the baby, I got comforted when I saw how happy the doctor was. We all saw a strong and fast heart beat of the baby. Jayjay couldn’t believe his eyes too. I looked at him and I never saw him so happy. It made me tear up a bit. The doctor paused and asked us if we saw the baby move! It was bopping his/her head as if rapping!
Our baby grew so fast! It was just 2 weeks and it was so big already!!! Heart beat was good at 173 bpm!
I am in awe of how wonderful God made us, imagine…I was once that tiny thing inside a womb!
Now off we went to our OB to share the great news!! We were all so happy that am undergoing a good pregnancy so far.We had a copy of the TVU in dvd and the first print out photo of our baby!
So whats next? I was scheduled to undergo my last screening test; a blood exam to check my CBC, FBS, HBs and Anti HBs, HIV, JARL and one more test that I cant read but Im sure the laboratory will get it! It requires that I fast water and food for 8 to 10 hours before I take the exam! Targeting to take it on the 11th of January. After this, its going to be a monthly visit to the OB until I finally delivery in August!
She changed my vitamins by the way. From folic acid im now taking Natalwiz. I had the option to take this brand or Elevit. Difference is just the name, price and taste. Ofcourse I opted the cheaper version if the product is just the same.
She also replaced my Anmum with calciumade since the taste was beginning to be a chore for me.
She’ll fill me in with details and give medication to strengthen the baby’s hold during our next meeting since we’ll be flying to Hong Kong on the 25th till 31st.
The day went smoothly, I even got to take an hour’s nap in the office after a fulfilling work day! As usual, the road going home was giving me a headache. I couldn’t event stand anymore so we rushed down and went to TGI Fridays because I was craving for buffalo wings. (I ended up eating 1 piece only. It was so small!!!) We finished a plate of cheese burger and chicken fingers.
Coffee didn’t like her new haircut, plus the yearly injection I forgot to tell her about. She cried so bad that I let go of Trooper on the table and he did a suicidal jump because he was too scared of Coffee’s scream! It was difficult to see Coffee so scared that Jayjay and I had to take turns in comforting her. Trooper was a brave little pup! He didn’t even react when the needle hit his skin. It might be because of his fats!
Details about Transviginal ultrasound. Confirmed by my experience. Details taken from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003779.htm
How the test is performed
You will lie down on a table with your knees bent and feet in holders called stirrups. The health care provider will place a probe, called a transducer, into the vagina. The probe is covered with a condom and a gel. The probe sends out sound waves, which reflect off body structures. A computer receives these waves and uses them to create a picture. The doctor can immediately see the picture on a nearby TV monitor.
How to prepare for the test
You will be asked to undress, usually from the waist down. A transvaginal ultrasound is done with your bladder empty or partially filled.
How the test will feel
The test is usually painless, although some women may have mild discomfort from the pressure of the probe. Only a small part of the probe is placed into the vagina.
Why the test is performed
Transvaginal ultrasound may be done for the following problems:
- Abnormal findings on a physical exam, such as cysts, fibroid tumors, or other growths
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding and menstrual problems
- Certain types of infertility
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic pain
Transvaginal ultrasound is also used during pregnancy to:
- Evaluate cases of threatened miscarriage
- Listen to the unborn baby’s heartbeat
- Look at the placenta
- Look for the cause of bleeding
- Monitor the growth of the embryo or fetus early in the pregnancy
- See if the cervix is changing or opening up when labor is starting early