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Week 8 Ultrasound

Today we saw a strong heartbeat on the ultrasound. The doctor called the baby’s progress “stellar”. It actually looks vaguely baby-shaped in this picture, as opposed to the last ultrasound (not pictured) where it was just a linear smudge.

Those of you who are paying attention will notice that 14 September is not 8 weeks after 3 August. It was a shock to us to realize that pregnancy weeks are counted from the last menstrual period rather than the date of conception — in other words, about two weeks before the pregnancy starts! So the standard 9-month pregnancy is really only 8½ months! Who knew?

Day 5 pictures

How many people do you know who have a baby picture 5 days after conception? I guess that’s one of the minor compensations for the difficulty of IVF.


Embryos in vitro

On day 5 after the egg retrieval, the embryos are in the “blastocyst” stage. The embryo on the bottom right is more developed than the other. The bump on the top becomes the fetus and the rest becomes the placenta.
Ultrasound picture of embryo transfer.
The white dot above the arrow is the embryos. (The embryos don’t actually show up on ultrasound, but they put bubbles around them, which do.)

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