Update on Freya ~
So the vet came out today to ultrasound Freyja. She was very good (she always is). He did both a transrectal and transabdominal viewing. (we were actually trying to see if we had a colt of filly, however the baby was being disagreeble for angles *l* The vet said he might have briefly saw signs of it being a colt, but can't say for sure by any stretch, it might have also just been part of the umbilicus as the baby moved. (it was VERY squirrley in there) There is definitely only one baby, and it is pretty big. The vet did take measurements, I don't think he does this a lot because he got on the phone with a colleague, but did say in the end their best estimation was that the baby was around the 295 day mark gestational age, (I had her guessed at 300 so pretty close) but he couldn't be for sure again due to the overall size of the baby. He felt Freyja's early signs were just that, early signs, though he did go ahead and milk test the yellow stuff she has in her udder (I didn't realize you could test it until it turned to proper milk.) The test came out at CAL. 40 and ph 8.8 so we are still a good while off. The ultrasound did show the baby was already in position, which I already knew based on the belly drop, and the vet said he felt Freyja's back end looseness was related to the baby being positioned so early, but her cervix was tightly closed and not softened at all. So while he did say he never saw a mare so loosened up this far before she's due, he felt comfortable saying she will probably see out her expected due date at this point, despite her "hurry" (as he put it). He did say that, like I had already suspected, that the mare has just been bred so much that her body is well prepared. He gave me both his pager and cell, on top of his office and home number which I already had, and warned me to call him as soon as she started regardless of whether she was having difficulty or not, just to be on the safe side since we are expecting such a large foal. He didn't see any reason to worry, and felt like we just have a while yet to wait.
All in all I am very glad I asked him to go ahead and do the ultrasound, despite his reticence on it, because it makes me feel a lot better knowing more about what is going on. So thank you all to recommended it, I appreciate it! Hopefully we got a few weeks left to wait and get the weather around here warmer before baby makes an appearance. I'll keep checking her all the same, and keep you all updated of course. But thank goodness it looks like baby will stay in a bit longer!
Last edited by Indyhorse; 02-04-2010 at 05:26 PM.