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I tend to just think about this pregnancy in weeks, but since it's Friday the 13th, the actual date is on my mind. And I'm officially 5 months pregnant today.
It also dawned on me that I never updated the DDC on Jackson after I spoke with my doctor last week regarding my anatomy scan results and his little plumbing issue. I update my journal daily, so I guess it slipped my mind to post here.
In case you don't remember, my doctor called me about a week after the anatomy scan (so a couple of weeks ago) to tell me that Jackson had some dilatation (inflammation from fluid build-up) around his kidneys. She actually said the kidneys looked fine, but it was a connector part that had some fluid build-up. She had said that it was nothing to worry too much about, that it happens more frequently in baby boys, but that we would schedule a follow-up u/s to check it again.
I had my monthly appointment with her last Thursday, and we talked about it in more detail. She called Jack's condition pyelectasis. It's not full-blown hydronephrosis (which I had originally assumed). Basically, urine flows from the kidneys through the ureter to the bladder. Pyelactasis occurs when urine flows back into the ureter from the bladder. This condition also exists in adults and causes UTIs.
She stated that the dilatation of the ureter was only 2-3mm, which is on the very low end. Of course, I jumped on some medical websites and found that pyelectasis is usually not defined unless the dilatation reaches 4mm. So I think that her even telling me is just her way of being proactive and fully disclosing. In cases where the dilatation is less than 10mm, more than 90% improve by themselves. Since Jack's was so minimal, I'm crossing fingers that his ureters will look perfect at the next u/s, which is scheduled for 4/30.
So I'm feeling really good about it, and I'm hoping for absolutely no fluid when I go back in a couple of weeks. Maybe those ureters just needed a little time to catch up.
My pregnancy is otherwise going great, minus the ridiculous constipation. I'm working hard to address it and hoping for some relief soon. And my belly is bubbling every day with Jackson's kicks, which have been visible from the outside for a couple of weeks now. DH is in absolute awe!
Great news!! I think this may be what they saw on my ultrasound too, though they just told me they saw dilation of the tubes near the kidneys (?) and so i had to have a third trimester scan to follow up... maybe i need to google it a bit more, but honestly i'll probably just worry myself more?
I love feeling the kicks every day too! Though the ones in my bladder are kinda inconvenient