Friday, December 12, 2014

Munchkin's Congenital Anomaly Scan

Expecting a baby sometimes feels like a roller coaster ride as far as emotions are concerned.  One day you're in cloud 9 as you imagine your sweet pea's stubby fingers and toes and chubby cheeks, the next day you're a bundle of nerves as you fear that there might be a problem with your still unborn child.  

It's a good thing there's CAS or Congenital Anomaly Scan, sometimes also called mid-pregnancy ultrasound scan, offered during the second trimester between weeks 18 and 23.  This scan is more thorough than the usual ultrasound procedure as it takes a closer look at the baby and the uterus.  For worrywart moms-to-be like myself, having CAS done could offer reassurance that the baby is developing perfectly, and that nothing alarming is going on in the womb.

Anyway, I had my CAS scheduled yesterday; I was exactly 22 weeks and one day along.  Hubby and I prayed as we drove to Asian Hospital, trusting that the scan would give us positive results, that no "anomaly" will be seen in our Little Munchkin.  We knew we would also finally find out the gender, but more than that, it's the certainty that s/he's fine is what's important.

It was 10:30am when the sonologist, Dr. Maria Niza Reyes, arrived.  The first question she asked us was, "Do you want to know the gender?"  We said yes.  Then she started gelling up my abdomen.  

It was fascinating to see our Little Munchkin again! :)  Together, we watched as the doctor zoomed in on every part of our baby's body and listened fervently as she explained to us what she was seeing. As I mentioned in my previous post, we were delighted to hear that Munchkin is a baby girl, Dr. Reyes even mentioned that she's "very sure" of it as our baby's "hamburger" was really obvious in between her legs, as if she was displaying it and saying "I'm a girl!" :)  She also said that our baby was mabait!  She allowed her to see easily the critical parts that she needed to see... her head and brains, every part of her face, her heart, abdomen, umbilical cord, spine, neck, and extremities. However, during the last few minutes, our baby fell asleep while tucking her left hand and foot where the doctor couldn't find them.  Hehe.  The doctor used a bell to somehow wake her up, and she did! We were finally able to count all her fingers and toes - ten each!  Perfect! :)

Because our baby doll was relatively cooperative, the scan only took 20 minutes to complete.
And the results? Everything's NORMAL! :)


Thank God, we've been reassured that our baby doll is developing well! :)  Just as the Lord promised, He will give us a perfectly healthy baby.  Salamat po! :)  Little Munchkin will always be our most precious blessing! :)


#BellyBlessed,


6 comments

  1. Hi..just wanted to ask how much did it cost u to give birth at asian hosp? How much does each ultrasound cost? Many thanks!

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    1. Hi! :) I can email you the costs incurred when I gave birth. Please comment your email address below. :) About the scan, I think this one for CAS is around 4,000 if I remember correctly. :) A regular ultrasound costs much less.

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  2. Hello. Planning to have CAS for our little beebop too. A bit anxious and eagr to know how he/she is doing inside the womb. May I ask how much did it cost u to give birth at asian hosp? How much does the anomaly scan cost? Thanks :)

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    1. Hi! :) I can email you the costs incurred when I gave birth. Please comment your email address below. :) About the scan, I think this one for CAS is around 4,000 if I remember correctly. :)

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  3. Hi Joyce! im still at my first trimester and our OB is also Dr. Niza. would like ask also how much did it cost you to give birth at Asian Hosp? Would appreciate your info as it would help us to prepare.you may email me thru lingkai23@hotmail.com
    Thanks so much!

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