During the 3rd trimester, a baby begins to make stool in their bowels and this is called meconium, and on ultrasound, it may appear to be a bright spot in the baby’s bowels, and this is a normal finding at that point in pregnancy. But during the 2nd trimester, if a bright spot is seen in the baby’s bowels, then it warrants further investigation for consideration. This is called an echogenic focus in the bowel and it’s seen in about 1% of ultrasounds that are performed in the 2nd trimester. And sometimes it’s not related to anything and it resolves as the pregnancy progresses, but sometimes it can be due to the baby swallowing blood, cystic fibrosis, genetic disorders, growth restriction and infection, and so this is why it does warrant further consideration. If this is a finding your doctor has seen during one of your ultrasounds, talk with them about your questions and concerns, and based on their knowledge of your circumstances, they’ll be able to give you tailored information and advice about it. If you have more questions in the future for me, feel free to ask them on our Intermountain Moms Facebook and Instagram pages, and recommend us to your friends and family too.