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The purpose of this ultrasound was to follow up on my two fibroids, the subchorionic hematoma, and my cervix length. We asked the ultrasound tech (a sweet grandmotherly lady) if she would check the gender; she was hesitant to commit to doing it because I am only 17 weeks, and it's not standard procedure at the med center. She was worried that we would go out and buy a ton of baby items on a "maybe" scan. We didn't push it. She did a quick pass in the beginning, but she said she would not be willing to say for sure what the gender was. Honestly, to us, it could have been either because it was so unclear.
1) The fibroids have shrunk considerably since the last scan. [This is not common since fibroids usually grow during pregnancy due to the hormones (as was the case with my pregnancy with my son). This was a HUGE relief as the fibroid during my pregnancy with my son was bigger than a softball by the time I delivered and is suspected to be the reason my cervix dilated so early.] The doctor suspects I may have had BH during my previous which causes the fibroids to look bigger on the ultrasound because the change in size is significant.
2) The subchorionic hematoma has also gotten smaller. It is not inside the placenta as the previously feared.
3) Cervix length is within normal range!!!
After the tech did all the measurements, I jokingly said that if she wanted to check gender again, we wouldn't mind. I honestly think DH being so involved in the process swayed her. (He was pointing out things on the ultrasound and was impressed that he could find and interpret it as well as she could.) The second time, she managed to get a very clear scan of the baby's gender. There was no missing the very defined twig and berries peeking out from between his legs. She didn't give us a printout of that particular shot because she didn't want to get in trouble for telling us so early. (She also asked us not to mention that we knew to the doctor.) We were totally cool with that. We did get this neat image of baby boy with one hand on his face and the other draped across his belly.