This week was the week of our first scan! At the start of the week, every day dragged, all I wanted was for it to be Wednesday so we could see our baby. And then the day came, and I was soooooo nervous.
I kept thinking, what if the baby is not moving, or what if I have imagined the whole thing?? The appointment was at our local hospital, in the ante-natal unit. We eventually found it after walking down many corridors fulls of doctors and nurses walking around like zombies. The ultrasound waiting room was very calm, quiet with lilac walls and matching Christmas decorations. We had to wait about 20 minutes which was really nervewracking. Tyler was being restless, so my husband put YouTube on his phone (the hospital had wifi – yes!), so Tyler was happy watching train videos. Here they are waiting:
Then my name was called by a lady and we went into this room behind that had a place for me to lie down on next to the lady, and a chair next to it for my husband. Tyler sat on his lap, still watching trains. There was a screen attached to the wall for us to look at. The lady sonographer apologized for the delay, she had just had to scan two sets of twins who were really wriggly so took longer than usual!
I had to lie with my tummy close to the lady and lift my top up a bit. She tucked a tissue into my leggings waistband and put this gel across my lower tummy. She put her scanner thing on the right of my tummy and within a second there was our baby on the screen! Beating heartbeat and everything! I was so shocked at how quickly the image came up, I gasped, “Oh my god, I wasn’t imagining it!”
You can see the picture above, there’s the brain, little nose and mouth, the feet, all so clear. Amazing. The sonographer said our baby was really good, in the perfect position for her to do her measurements. She had to measure the nuchal fluid, which is the white line under the baby’s head in the photo. The smaller the better, and ours was very small – phew! We asked for two pictures, which were £3 each.
Afterwards we went back into the waiting room while she printed the photos out, and she gave me the date for our next scan which is at 21 weeks. That is the one where we can find out the gender. It should be at 20 weeks, but there’s a backlog of appointment because of the holidays. I don’t mind, it’s only one week later.
Next I had to go into another room, where another friendly lady took my bloods for some more tests. These would tell me if my baby was a high or low risk for Down’s syndrome and the results would come in the post. I got my 2nd Bounty Mum-to-Be pack and filled in a feedback form and then we were free to go. I was still rather shell-shocked. This is really happening!
That afternoon I messaged my closest family and friends, before announcing it on my blog and social media. Here’s the announcement if you missed it.
Symptom-wise, I can’t really remember anything from this week, as it was Christmas week, we suddenly got preoccupied with wrapping presents and visiting family. I had a really small portion of Christmas lunch as I feel full very quickly.
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Love hearing about others pregnancy journeys from around the world, I’m in Ireland and currently 26 weeks pregnant, at my 12 week hospital appointment I was 3 hours waiting before we got our scan and there was certainly no apologies from the staff for the wait, they don’t do 20 week scans at my hospital so I’m not back again until week 32! They did bloods at the 12 week appointment too but just to check my iron levels and rule out and hiv etc but no tests for baby like chances for downs. It’s amazing how different the services are in different places.
Oh wow, that is different! Can’t believe you had to wait that long, I’d be going mad. I had my appointments with my first baby in London and it was really clinical, but with baby no. 2 we’re in Berkshire and they are so much friendlier here, it interesting how it depends which area you’re living in at the time. Congrats with your pregnancy, bet you can’t wait for week 32! Xx
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Congrats lovely! So great to find a new bump buddie that has a due date so close to ours, we’re due on 23rd June! Cant wait to read all your updates to see how you’re pregnancy is going :-). Emily
Yay a bump buddy, I’m well happy. That is so close together, definitely a good week! I love reading other mum-to-be journeys 🙂 Congrats with your pregnancy too! Xx
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That first scan is always so nerve wrecking. I remember all 3 of mine and worrying I had made it all up. Glad all is well
They are aren’t they, as beforehand you just have to trust the pregnancy test was right and it’s not all in your head! Was a shock seeing a baby on the screen! xx
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