My Pregnancy @ 20 Weeks + Ultrasound Info

Here’s what’s up in week 20. Topics include: can’t believe I’m halfway there, loved having extra helpers in town this week, a great book that’s boosting my faith called Supernatural Childbirth, and my thoughts on the standard 20-week ultrasound.

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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20 Comments

  1. stephanie July 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I thought you should avoid eating liver as then you would be eating the toxins and waste of whatever animal it came from?
    You look great mama natural! hmm.. maybe even MORE babies to come? I thought I would be done after two, but now that we are planning number four, I can see I wasn’t! I just knew everyone wasn’t here yet. . .

  2. Maureen July 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Congrats on baby number two! What a blessing! I’m one of those people who thought the doppler was weaker than an ultrasound:( My midwife would use it at almost every appointment. By the way, do you plan on cloth diapering your daughter? I would love to hear your thoughts on an article I recently came across and PLEASE let us know if this effects what type of diapers you would use for her: http://www.diaperpincorner.com/2000/04/artificial-materials-cloth-diapering/

  3. Kate @venisonfordinner July 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I had regular 6 and 18 week ultrasounds with my first. With my second I almost opted out of ultrasound but am so glad I didn’t. He had fluid surrounding his left lung and a cystic hygroma with is usually a genetic marker for down syndrome or other similar ones. Long story short he was born at term, vaginally, 100% healthy and all the doctors, specialists and midwives call him a miracle baby! So I will never opt out of an ultrasound as he would have had heart failure had I! And I’m only 21 so in the lowest risk category.

  4. Rebecca July 12, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Interesting info about the Doppler! My hospital based midwife with my first son had the option of an early u/s, which we did, and found we were right on with dates. Then we had a second u/s at 20 weeks. We did not plan on having anymore, but I ended up with borderline gestational diabetes, and had a couple more near the end, to make sure the baby was developing normally. EVerything was fine, and I had him at 39 weeks 2 days naturally in the hospital..

    2 pregnancy, I had a home-birth midwife (CPM) and no option for u/s, so we didn’t have the early one at all. We had our mid-way u/s at 19 weeks and all was well. We were not planning anymore. But again, our plans were redirected :-) My blood sugar was fine last pregnancy, but I had high blood pressure and concerns about preeclampsia, so I had multiple u/s the last two weeks. Not what I wanted, but we felt that the extra ultrasounds (though not desirable) were a good compromise to reassure doctors and to help us achieve a safe, natural birth with our son! They all indicated everything was just fine. I did end up with a wonderful homebirth, and baby was born safe and very healthy! Thank the Lord!

    • Rebecca July 12, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Oh, I meant to add that my homebirth midwife (who I loved!!) used a fetal-scope to listen to the baby after the first few visits. It sometimes took her longer, but she said she was trying to minimize the baby’s exposure to the Doppler as much as she could, while still finding the baby’s heartbeat.

  5. Melissa July 12, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I’m so thankful for the ultrasounds we had. My daughter was born with a combination of heart defects that required intensive care immediately after birth and surgery with in the first few days. By discovering this through an early ultrasound we were able to plan ahead and prepare ourselves mentally which took a lot of the stress off. I don’t think I would have been able to handle what I saw my daughter go through in her first days had it been a total surprise. We also lived about 90 minutes away from the nearest hospital that was able to treat her and our original birth plan was to have her at a birthing center 40 minutes in the opposite direction. With knowing ahead we were able to be in the right place.

    I also agree that waiting is best. Her heart defect wasn’t detected at 20 weeks but somewhere around 23 weeks. At her 20 week appointment they noticed cysts in the brain which they assumed would go away but asked for me to come back anyway. The cysts did go away but that’s when they started to notice something wasn’t right with her heart.

    I’ve known others that had similar complications but didn’t know ahead and the experience seemed much more traumatic (which was already very traumatic). Those first few days after giving birth are emotional enough.

  6. Maria July 12, 2013 at 3:05 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your necklace!!!!!
    Where can I find one?

  7. Joanna July 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I read the book Supernatural Childbirth too and loved it! I did not have a completely pain free birth, but it was so nice to have the prayers and spiritual grounding to get through delivery.

  8. Brandi B July 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I wish I would have waited for my ultrasound until 22 weeks this time. I had it at 18 weeks, and while everything was able to be measured at that time, they did find a small cyst in the brain. They were a pretty common thing that many babies have and as my doctor put it, they usually go away before birth, but they can be signs of bigger problems. So, we went back at 32 weeks and there was no sign of it. I worried forever that when we went back they would be bigger or we would see proof that something more was wrong. I strongly feel that if I had just waited for a few more weeks to get that ultrasound, there is a good chance it would have already been gone (it was very tiny at 18 weeks) and we would never have had to deal with all of that worry.

    Now we’re just playing the waiting game as to when this baby will get here. Due a week from tomorrow, and I’m very anxious to meet baby girl #2!! :-)

  9. Regina July 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I avoided both once i became aware of concerns as I was trained in the Bradley Method. I was aware of Sonar Energy making the ears of whale’s bleed, ultrasound energy basically scrambling the cells (there was a video with a renowned scientist) & that babies move away from U/S energy (shown in videos).

  10. Tracy July 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Love the book supernatural childbirth. After reading it i had a Completely pain-free 2 1/2 hour Labor. Also a pregnancy free from morning sickness and pain. Gods design for childbirth is the only way to go.

  11. Julie @ Homegrown Paleo July 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on doppler/Ultra sound. I am only about 10 weeks and haven’t done either. I’m trying to trust my body and God but it’s hard when you don’t feel anything besides chubbier. :) Do you have some research on the strength of doppler vs. U/S? Good suggestion on waiting till 22 weeks to do the U/S.

    Could you also speak on your fitness routine or what you’ve been doing to stay to fit and healthy? I’ve barely moved I’ve been so tired and icky feeling. Thanks! :) Love your videos.

  12. Alexa July 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I was so paranoid about everything with my first pregnancy. I had heart palpitations at 8 weeks and they did my first ultrasound then. After that it snowballed into having one every 3 weeks! They kept finding something else they wanted to monitor. Looking back now, I wish I had just trusted my body, my baby and God that everything was okay because in the end it was. Its difficult to make those decisions in the moment when I was already over paranoid and the drs are telling you that it needs to be done. If I have another baby I’m planning to only do one ultrasound at 20 ish weeks and leave well enough alone.

    • Genevieve July 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      I hear ya! Fear is such a little bugger! Prayer helps me. Meditation helps people too… or deep breathing… visualization. We are so not in control, particularly when we’re pregnant. Sounds like you learned a lot through the process and will do different next time, which is what it’s all about :) XO

  13. Sarah July 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I agree that keeping the ultrasounds to a minimum is good, but I did not realize that the doppler was stronger. I will have to do some research on that. With my 3 kids I waited and did just one ultrasound at 21 wks, they were always big enough to see the sex and all the measuring.
    If you like the book Supernatural childbirth, I think you would also like the book (The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth) It is written by Women of Christian Faith. Its so uplifting and makes you feel so blessed. Here is the link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Giving-Life-Rediscovering-Pregnancy/dp/0615622526/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373562580&sr=1-1&keywords=the+gift+of+giving+life

    • Genevieve July 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks hon! Will check it out :) XOXO

  14. Cait July 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

    With my first I had a ton of ultrasounds because my doctor (before we moved and I got a midwife) had a machine in her room and would offer every time, so I jumped on it! It was fun but I do want to keep it to a minimum this time, plus we’d be paying for it! So I will probably do doppler until a fetoscope would be enough (that’s interesting what you said about it being stronger! I guess I would choose ultrasound if it was available then.) and just the 22 week scan. Likewise we’ve known people who found out important things beforehand, so I think it’s worth it for sure even though I wouldn’t do any extra now.

    I have a question! I know eating liver is great no matter what, but when also taking cod liver oil, do you adjust your dose at all? I’m new to both! I just bought a pound of liver but it’s still in the freezer. I think I’m going to have to make freezer pills because I don’t think I can stomach it. What are your thoughts on raw/cooked pastured liver?

    • Genevieve July 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      I would talk to your midwife about. I take cod liver oil daily and eat liver about once a week. Each person is different though so be sure to talk to your doctor.

      Oh, freezer pills are fine in my view as long as they’ve been frozen for 2 weeks. This is supposed to kill pathogens. XOXO

  15. Rebecca July 11, 2013 at 7:37 am

    What?! No belly shot?!?!?!
    I agree about waiting until 22 weeks… I have my u/s’s at 20 weeks, but for my second child I had to go back at 22 weeks because they couldn’t see everything. ( Crazy how much bigger they are in 2 weeks! )
    I’m getting so excited for your birth! lol I can’t wait to hear the name you have picked out.

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