Before we came to Utah (at 19 weeks pregnant), I had my anatomy scan back in Arizona. I was so nervous for it, to be honest. It's always so scary, anticipating there might be bad news. And I was so so soooooo eager to find out how my 3" cyst was doing.
If you recall, at my very first ultrasound at 6 weeks and 4 days (the earliest you can do an ultrasound and hear the baby's heartbeat), they discovered I had a 3" diameter "simple" cyst on my left ovary. Usually, every pregnancy brings the development of a corpus luteum cyst, which is good because it's a temporary cyst that produces progesterone (a hormone vital for your baby's development). And I had one of those too, on my right ovary... but this "simple cyst" on my left ovary was doing nothing but being large and intrusive. So large in fact, that if it didn't go down on it's own by 20 weeks, I would need to have anesthetic surgery while pregnant to drain it. Oh hell no. Not on my watch.
So we watched, and waited... and hoped and prayed it would go down on it's own. And yet, with each ultrasound it remained the same. Stubborn
little large thing. Ugh.
But then, like magic, at my 19 week anatomy scan ultrasound (literally just in the nick of time), it shrank. Albiet, only a little (to 2.5 inches)... it started to show a downward trend. THANK GOD. What a freaking relief. So, that was a major major moment of great news for us and this little miracle baby of ours.
And even better news? Our baby is PERFECT (not that we didn't already knew that hehe). But what a relief to find out that literally everything looked great on the anatomy scan. From the brain development (no cysts present), to the heart development (four chambers present), to the stomach (in the right position), to the spine (we got an amazing look and the vertebrae are all in alignment).
Our baby also was so squirmy and loved kicking around. Sadly, we weren't able to get a front-view of the face, but we did get a side view.
I think in a few weeks, once the baby has developed a bit more fat on his or her body, we will go get an extra 'HD Live' ultrasound to see baby's facial features. We did it with Luna (if you're local in Phoenix, we went to Miracle View), and it was so incredibly amazing to see Luna in color and up close. They are my favorite ultrasound pics we have of her... and to this day, she looks exactly as she did in those photos. It's amazing because when you first see the images, you think, 'I wonder what my baby will end up looking like?' as you stare intently at those ultrasound photos. And the thing is... they will look just like that. You can't see it then, but as they grow and you look back, it's crazy. Luna looks just like Luna.
They say the best time to get it done between 28 and 32 weeks, when your baby's facial features are more defined.
Obviously our anatomy scan also confirmed our baby's gender. I will be announcing that later, so hang tight.