I had a level 2 ultrasound done at 17 weeks. The technician got everything she needed to send to my doctor. My boyfriend has a cleft lip and that was one thing the tech was really looking for the first time around. My results were good. Everything came back okay. I just got a regular ultrasound done at my 27 week checkup and my doctor thinks he might have seen a cleft lip on my baby girl. He just ordered another level two ultrasound for me. Could the cleft have not developed at 17 weeks? The tech got a facial picture and a profile picture at the 17 week for certain. I just don't understand how could they have missed something like that?Answer Question
Answer by AdrianaS at 3:37 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
the part of the mouth/nose where the cleft lip is, is the last place on the babies body that the skin develops during gestation. But, at 17 weeks, i would think that the skin has already been developed. Maybe your Dr. is just being overly cautious. Girls are less likely to have a cleft lip/pallet than boys. With the surgery they can do today though, most fixed cleft lips/pallets go completely unnoticed by others.
Answer by samurai_chica at 3:40 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Answer by mom2twobabes at 3:47 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Answer by Ricanmami1 at 5:10 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
Sometimes it can be hard to see, especially if it is not affecting the lip that much. My friend's first two babies had a problem with just the palate, but not the lip. It was undetectable on the ultrasound. Her third baby had no problems. It was impossible to breastfeed in her case, but she did pump for a long time. That is not the case with all cleft lip problems. If you are concerned at all, you should make sure to see a lactation consultant within the first 24 hours of birth and have her number on call for any other problems you might fact once at home. Here is some info about it.
Answer by squish at 5:28 PM on Jul. 19, 2010
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