Part 1 and our disclaimer, found HERE.
So after my endocrinologist made me question if the baby was going to have three arms or something, he said he wanted to have the hospital do some calculations and give that information to my OB so someone a little more knowledgeable could figure out what the effects of the RAI would be on the baby.
And then I didn't hear from anyone for like a week.
Phil and I were pretty anxious at this point. Phil put on his chemist/toxicologist hat and began doing some calculations. He even found the same guidelines the doctors ended up using regarding risk exposure so fetuses. Plus Phil called one of his good friends who also happens to be a nuclear pharmacist and asked him a few questions. After we got done with our own research (which yielded very little on the internet), we felt A LOT better. And a little mad at my doctor for implying I should consider an abortion.
We finally heard from my OB, who recommended we see a perinatologist, just to make sure everything would be alright. Technically, I was a "high risk" pregnancy.
We met with the perinatologist who basically said we really didn't need to be too concerned about the radiation exposure to the baby. WHEW!! Huge confirmation of what we already suspected.
However, they recommended we have some extra ultrasounds done. They wanted to make sure the baby didn't have a goiter (enlarged thyroid) forming and that the baby was growing at the proper rate (since radiation exposure can affect growth rates).
And that's where we are now. These ultrasounds started with the 20 week anatomy scan and we'll continue to have ultrasounds every 4 weeks until Baby Janney makes his debut. So far, Baby Janney is growing just as he should be, measuring exactly as he should. He hasn't even been born and he's already being such a good little boy. :)
I know there are some that believe ultrasounds can be harmful to the baby, but the perinatologist said that isn't true. Plus I already exposed him to some radiation, so what's a little more, right?
So that's the skinny on that. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them. I just wanted to put all of the information about this pregnancy out there. The complete back story. It wasn't the ideal situation, but I also wouldn't change it at all.