Yesterday was possibly the slowest day of my life. Our anomaly scan was booked for 4:15pm. I spent most of the day worrying that something was either wrong because I hadn’t felt much movement or that the baby would be hiding which would make measurements and gender check difficult. Eager to get in there, we arrived 15 minutes early and were seen almost immediately. In my nervous state I made some crass joke which basically made me sound as though I don’t usually wear knickers. Awkward!
As soon as the sonographer placed the wand on my tummy I saw what looked like a dinosaur, the bright white of the spine and the bony arms and legs. The first thing checked was the heartbeat and sure enough it was there, beating away. We later saw all four chambers of the heart and the blood flow between them. It was really amazing. The checks seemed thorough, the measurements of the cerebellum, head circumference and stomach were taken, the presence of two kidneys and all the correct bones was also checked. It seemed like everything was present and correct.
As suspected, I do have an anterior placenta which means it’s currently sitting at the front of my uterus as opposed to the back where it would usually be. I’ve never had an anterior placenta so I asked whether it would cause any complications further down the line and the sonographer reassured us that it wouldn’t affect labour as it is quite high up. So I was right about not feeling much movement and now I know why, it makes me feel ever so relieved. Funnily enough, since we left the scan I have felt a lot more movement – I wonder if all the prodding moved the placenta around?! It’s so lovely to be reminded every now and again that there is a little person in there.
We were able to get a few pictures but they weren’t the best, I did go and empty my bladder but baby’s position didn’t seem to improve – it was kind of curled away from my stomach wall as you can see from the picture above. The only other picture we got was a bit of a scary face on picture with two large, black eye sockets and a jawline.
Now, for the bit you all want to know – the gender! As the baby’s measurements were being taken I did keep an eye out for the ‘potty shot’ and the sonographer later confirmed my suspicions, there’s definitely not a willy there! It’s a GIRL!
I’d have been happy whatever the gender but seeing as I’ve already ordered a load of girls clothing it does save me some embarrassment and effort sending it all back! So there you have it.
I’ll still be doing my usual pregnancy update tomorrow and you can catch up with last weeks here.