Today was another momentous moment in that we went for a 20 week scan!! I had done a bit of reading beforehand so I would know what to expect but Alan (typical male) didn’t realise quite how serious this scan was and couldn’t understand why I was so nervous!
I know it might be a bit silly but I was convinced something would be wrong or the sonographer wouldn’t be able to get a clear shot of baby and therefore not confirm that everything was OK, but luckily enough our little man was playing ball and we got a good view of all the necessary organs and body parts. He even gave us a little wave and was sucking his thumb which we found super cute! He’s getting so big it’s hard to believe he will have enough room over the coming months!!
In case you haven’t been for your 20 week scan, the reason it freaked me out was that it was in the X-Ray department, not the maternity ward and throughout the scan they check that everything is developing normally. They also check for:
- The shape and structure of your baby’s head, in which severe brain problems are visible
- A potential cleft lip
- Your baby’s spine to make sure that all the bones align, and that the skin covers the spine at the back
- Your baby’s abdominal wall to make sure it covers all the internal organs at the front
- Your baby’s heart
- Your baby’s stomach
- Your baby’s kidneys and that urine flows freely into his bladder
- Your baby’s arms, legs, hands and feet
- The placenta, umbilical cord and the amniotic fluid
During the scan, Alan began to get more and more nervous as he finally realised it wasn’t just a ‘aw look how cute the baby is’ scan, which was great that he took it seriously but at the same time both of us ended up being more nervous than we needed to be! During the scan, they can also check the gender of your baby if it’s lying in the right position which we asked for, just to double check that it is definitely a boy which it is. Phew!
To be honest, if I can give one piece of advice, it would be not to be as nervous as I was during the scan. It was lovely seeing our little boy again but I honestly couldn’t relax during it and although I was relieved after it, I fully regret not making the most of it at the time.
How did you find your 20 week scan? Were you the same as me and nervous or did you go in with a more positive attitude?