20 Week Growth & Anomaly Scan – What to Expect
This is the next instalment of our pregnancy journey. The below are extracts from my journal which I have written each week (I am now almost 24 weeks). You can read about how I felt when we found out here and our 12 week scan here. I will be posting other weeks extracts in the coming days.
5 months and half way through! It seems to have gone very fast. Although I suspect the the next 20 will go quicker still. Work hasn’t slowed down at all on the run up to Christmas which I think could be partly to blame for the last couple of weeks going through in a bit of a haze. In fact this week I had to fly to Edinburgh on my last office day in the office for the year. Timing could have been better but it did force me to try and clear my desk. Thankfully I could fly as I was worried with the increase risk of DVT with the sticky blood wound mean an overnight sleeper train. However due to the Heprin I am actually safer than I was previously. We won’t tell the consultant about the long haul flight at a few weeks…. I would like to try and get some sun in the new year so it has given me motivation to look at some short haul destinations over the Christmas break.
While reading one of our books from our advent calendar before bed the other night Monkey turned to me and said ‘Mummy I want to play snowballs with my little brother, I will be able to won’t I’. It was a very touching moment and the first time he has started to show an interest in the baby. I suddenly felt a little over whelmed by the change we are enforcing on him.
We had the 20 week scan on Tuesday this week. Thinking it may help Monkey get his head around the fact he’s having a sibling we took him along. It will be the only scan he can attend because the later ones will include haematology appointments after. It was an interesting experience with a 3.5 year old. He was quite interested in the door at one point! I forgot how much needs to be measured in an anomaly scan, Pip passed with full marks everything just about on average. Although like its brother it’s measuring slightly longer in the leg and belly department. The scan took around 20 minutes so perhaps it wasn’t the best one to take Monkey to after all!
The first thing the sonographer asked was if we wanted to be informed of any abnormalities which she found. I must admit I hadn’t even thought about what they may find, I was too excited to see Pip again. Thankfully we got the all clear.
After checking the gender – this time we got a very clear view and there was no mistaking that its definitely a little brother for Monkey! She went on to look at Pips stomach and other organs before checking his spine. She also looked to see if it broke the skins surface in any place. Measurements of the arms, legs and head were taken, as well as his little belly. It was lovely to be counting fingers and toes, although it didn’t want to play ball at a couple of points forcing me to have a quick wee break and to jump up and down to get it to move into a more convenient position! When I returned we looked at Pips heart and saw the different chambers and the blood passing around them. I also asked her to check the cord blood as well, because of my condition more than anything. I’m not sure this is normal procedure but we saw the cord working, passing the blood between me and Pip all fine.
We walked out with 10 photos, I’m not sure if that’s because of Monkey or inspite of him. Including pictures of his hand and feet, and a frontal of his face. We also had some lovely what I call typical scan pictures.
I’ve ordered some wooden frames to give as gifts to the grandparents this year with one of the photos included. I also have one sitting on our bookcase, for some reason we never did this with Monkey. Maybe a little bit of denial!
We went to a specialist cheese shop in Lewes at the weekend with Monkey to buy Christmas cheese I wanted something with is different from the normal cheddar, but that I can still eat. Ie pasteurised hard variety. It was quite fun trying different options, although they had never heard of the NHS fabled blue cheese with no mould rind that is referred to on their website. I have plenty of other options so won’t need to go near the blue at all.
I read an article this week which says that the miscarriage rate drops post 24 weeks for those women with antipholopsid syndrome. This will be mind January so that’s got to be the next milestone we are aiming for.