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"Ultrasound"

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Okay so yesterday I had my 3rd ultrasound.This was the first time I got to see my baby girl in 3D and I have to admit that I think 3D ultrasounds are weird. It looks like a melting wax baby and we couldn’t get a good look at her because she kept hiding her face. Clearly she hates being poked at. She’ll kick anything that presses against my belly. She kicked her daddy in the head the other day and I thought it was the funniest thing ever (or maybe I’m just really lame) Either way I laughed and somehow he knew exactly what I was laughing at. We’re weird that way. But look at her stank facing in the second pic. Baby girl has her momma’s attitude already. Cute!

How far along: 24weeks!
Baby’s weight: 1lb 7oz
Baby’s heart rate: 149 
Gender: Girl
Maternity clothes: Mostly just maternity leggings, regular shirts, and cardigans
Stretch marks: Boobs, the sides of my lower back, booty, and thighs
Sleep: pretty normal
Movement: All day long but now I’ll feel a kick and a punch at the same time. And she always decides to wake up at bedtime.
Food cravings: Steak and cereal (not together though)
Symptoms: Nausea and fatigue.
Belly button in or out: Out

I had a friend who conceived when we first started trying. She wasn’t in a relationship and it wasn’t planned. She sent me snapchats and videos and messages of every step of her pregnancy and continued when her baby was born. She was aware that we were trying and that during this time I’d been diagnosed with PCOS. Eventually when she asked me to vote for her baby in a cute baby competition I called time. I explained delicately that I was having a hard time with babies and could she please stop. She apologised and kept me included while respecting my boundaries. Which I really appreciated.

Tonight I sent her a snapchat of one of my ultrasound pictures. She must have had a few drinks and she called me and just cheered down the phone. I’d really looked forward to finally being able to share good news with her (:

Just got a call with my ultrasound results and baby is perfect. No abnormalities and measuring right on track.
I’m so relieved and happy.

anonymous said:

oh my gosh why are you in the hospital?! I hope you're okay bb!

gallbladder. just finished my ultrasound

20 week visit

Yesterday was our 20 week OB appointment. I am up 13 pounds from my prepregnancy weight which seemed like a lot considering I was only up 6 four weeks ago. I’ve been starving all the time lately. Oh well.
Baby’s heart rate was 141 which is so low compared to Evelynn! She had such a high heart rate that she wasn’t at 140 till the bitter end.
We had our ultrasound and babe was being adorable sucking it’s thumb and swallowing fluid. It is head down but currently sunny side up which at this point I’m not gonna waste time worrying about. I was feeling most of my kicks so low because it has it’s feet up by its head.
Evelynn came and she was so excited! I really think she is understanding it now. She would say things like “baby’s head!”, “baby has bones!”, and “baby needs a ponytail!” 😂 She also was asking to look at the pictures all last night and kept talking about the baby. It makes me so happy.
We took her to the park and had a picnic to celebrate. We also picked up some party supplies for the gender reveal next weekend.
It was a great day but not knowing the sex is driving me crazy!

OB Appointment

I DON’T HAVE TO POKE MYSELF FOUR TIMES A DAY ANYMORE!

He looked at my numbers and blatantly said he wasn’t concerned with my sugars being too high as long as I stick to what I’m doing, so he’s okay if I don’t monitor every meal as long as I keep an eye on things and follow the diet. So hooray for that!

I have an appointment in two weeks, an ultrasound in four weeks to check on bubs and make sure he’s not getting too big and another appointment after that, and then one appointment every week until I pop the kiddo out. It’s just now hitting me how close I am to the end of all this and I’m getting excited but also nervous because what if I’m the shittiest parent (he laughed at me and said pretty much everyone feels that way). 

Best part of the appointment though was when he went to check if Kaidan was head down. He kind of pinched his head and immediately kiddo went from mild movements to flailing around violently. Apparently he’s not a fan of the head-grabbing. XD

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Womb with a View — Animals in the Womb

They may grow to be very different beasts, but these breathtaking images reveal how surprisingly similar the beginning of life is for all of us in the animal kingdom. These pictures were captured using a revolutionary four-dimensional imaging technology and anatomically accurate models. Scientists have managed to shed light on the magical world of mammals inside their mothers’ womb.

The animals above are easy to identify — elephant, dolphin, dog and penguin and are all shown by their similar stages of development. The Asian elephant fetus above is shown at 12 months in the womb, catching some shut eye before she takes her first heavy steps in the world in another year. The gestation period for an elephant is 22 months. The unborn puppy looks ready set to pounce as he will reach his full gestation period at around nine weeks. For dolphins, the gestation period varies with species; for the small Tucuxi dolphin, the period is around 11 to 12 months, while for the orca, the gestation period is around 17 months.

Scientists captured the images for a National Geographic documentary called Animals in the Womb. They were created using a combination of ultrasound scans, computer graphics and small cameras, as well as some carefully created models, to document the animals’ development from conception to birth. They provide an unparalleled glimpse into a world that few of us would ever expect to see — and what a miraculous sight it is.

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12 Ultrasounds That Looked Just Like Fictional Characters

Ultrasounds are truly a cool, fascinating thing - but it’s important to remember that they don’t always give you a 100% clear picture of what the child will look like when he or she finally pops out of the mother. Sometimes, the picture is obscured or weird (or, in one case, 3D) enough that it looks like…well, something awfully familiar, but definitely not a baby. Click here to see our favorites!

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Good vibrations: Mediating mood through brain ultrasound

University of Arizona researchers have found in a recent study that ultrasound waves applied to specific areas of the brain appear able to alter patients’ moods. The discovery has led the scientists to conduct further investigations with the hope that this technique could one day be used to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Dr. Stuart Hameroff, professor emeritus of the UA’s departments of anesthesiology and psychology and director of the UA’s Center for Consciousness Studies, is lead author on the first clinical study of brain ultrasound, which was published in the journal Brain Stimulation.

Hameroff became interested in applying ultrasound to the human brain when he read about a study by colleague Jamie Tyler at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, who found physiological and behavioral effects in animals of ultrasound applied to the scalp, with the waves passing through the skull.

Hameroff knew that ultrasound vibrates in megahertz frequencies at about 10 million vibrations per second, and that microtubules, protein structures inside brain neurons linked to mood and consciousness, also resonate in megahertz frequencies. Hameroff proposed testing ultrasound treatment for mood on human brains.

"I said to my anesthesiology colleagues, ‘we should try this on chronic pain patient volunteers.’" His colleagues respectfully suggested he try it on himself, first. Hameroff acquiesced.

After 15 seconds with an ultrasound transducer, a standard ultrasound imaging device, placed against his head, Hameroff felt no effect.

"I put it down and said, ‘well, that’s not going to work,’" he said. "And then about a minute later I started to feel like I’d had a martini."

His mood was elevated for the next hour or two, Hameroff said. Aware that his experience could be a placebo effect, an imagined effect derived from his expectation to feel a change, Hameroff set out to properly test the treatment with a clinical trial.

With research committee and hospital approval, and patient informed consent, Hameroff and his colleagues applied transcranial ultrasound to 31 chronic pain patients at The University of Arizona Medical Center-South Campus, in a double blind study in which neither doctor nor subject knew if the ultrasound machine had been switched on or off.

Patients reported improvements in mood for up to 40 minutes following treatment with brain ultrasound, compared with no difference in mood when the machine was switched off. The researchers confirmed the patients’ subjective reports of increases in positive mood with a Visual Analog Mood Scale, or VAMS, a standardized objective mood scale often used in psychological studies.

"Encouraging!" Hameroff remarked. "We’re referring to transcranial ultrasound as ‘TUS,’" he added. "This was a pilot study that showed safety, and some efficacy, for clinical use of TUS," Hameroff said. "Because important structures called microtubules in all brain neurons vibrate in the ultrasound range, and help mediate mood and consciousness, TUS may benefit a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders."

The discovery may open the door to a possible range of new applications of ultrasound in medicine.

"We frequently use ultrasound in the operating room for imaging," said Hameroff. "It’s safe as long as you avoid excessive exposure and heating."

The mechanical waves, harmless at low intensities, penetrate the body’s tissues and bones, and an echo effect is used to generate images of anatomical structures such as fetuses in the womb, organs and blood vessels.

Additionally, the high-frequency vibrations of ultrasound, which far exceed the range of human hearing and are undetectable when passing through the body, may be more desirable than existing brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. Used to treat clinically depressed patients, TMS can have side effects including what some describe as an unpleasant sensation of magnetic waves moving through the head.

After finding promising preliminary results in chronic pain patients, Hameroff and his colleagues set out to discover whether transcranial ultrasound stimulation could improve mood in a larger group of healthy volunteer test subjects.

Jay Sanguinetti, a doctoral candidate in the department of psychology and his adviser John Allen, a UA distinguished professor of psychology, were intrigued by Hameroff’s idea of testing ultrasound.

They conducted a followup study of ultrasound on UA psychology student volunteers, recording vital signs such as heart rate and breath rate, and narrowed down the optimum treatment to 2 megahertz for 30 seconds as the most likely to produce a positive mood change in patients.

"With 2 megahertz those who were stimulated with ultrasound reported feeling ‘lighter,’ or ‘happier;’ a little more attentive, a little more focused and a general increase in well-being," Sanguinetti said.

Allen and Sanguinetti then began a double blind clinical trial to verify the statistical significance of their findings and to rule out any possibility of a placebo effect in their patients. Results of the trials are being analyzed, Sanguinetti said.

"What we think is happening is that the ultrasound is making the neurons a little bit more likely to fire in the parts of the brain involved with mood," thus stimulating the brain’s electrical activity and possibly leading to a change in how participants feel, Sanguinetti said.

The UA researchers are collaborating with the Silicon Valley-based company Neurotrek, which is developing a device that potentially could target specific regions of the brain with ultrasound bursts.

The UA researchers will work with a prototype of the Neurotrek device to test its efficacy and potential applications.

Said Sanguinetti: “The idea is that this device will be a wearable unit that noninvasively and safely interfaces with your brain using ultrasound to regulate neural activity.”

♔ PREGNANCY GIF HUNT ♔

Under the cut you will find #33 PREGNANCY RELATED gifs, this includes ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, the birth and newborns, as requested by anonymous. I couldn’t find a lot, but I hope this helps and I have gotten rid of all grey boxes. None of these gifs belong to me, all credit to their lovely makers. Please like/reblog if this helped you in any way. Thank you & enjoy.

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Transvaginal Ultrasounds ARE ALREADY HAPPENING

I keep wanting to scream, “TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUNDS ARE ALREADY HAPPENING RIGHT NOW TODAY IN TEXAS!!!!

Texas has THREE times as many people as Virginia AND they already have mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds before abortions (I also have no hard data but I’m going to guess that Texas probably also has a much larger poor population and a higher percentage of minorities, both groups which have so many barriers to accessing abortion as it is).

I’m glad people are mad about Virginia. I’m glad Amy Poehler is talking about it on SNL. I’m glad that people whom I’ve never seen speak up about this issue are now because of what is POSSIBLY going to happen in Virginia. I’m pleased with these developments.

But please, let’s STOP talking about mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds like they MAY happen. THEY ARE HAPPENING.

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