For many parents to be the first scan can be very exciting and a thrilling experience, for others it can be nerve-wracking and quite simply terrifying. This is how it was for us this time round, when we went for our dating scan with the previous pregnancy the thought of miscarriage hadn't even crossed our minds. We stepped into the room expecting to see our baby on the screen only to find out that bubba had stopped growing over five weeks ago at 7 weeks instead of being the 12 weeks that we had expected.
So naturally, the build up to this scan was quite frankly petrifying. Luckily I didn't have to wait too long for our scan as I didn't see the midwife until I was 10 weeks pregnant so by the time she had booked it I was about 10 and a half weeks. Of course it still felt like a long time having to wait, not knowing if the pregnancy was viable or if we were about to find out we had another missed miscarriage.
The day of the scan came, I thought I would be 11+4 days going by my calculations although the midwife had me down as 13 weeks. So if the pregnancy was viable we would definitely be able to see a baby on the computer screen. Waiting in the waiting room felt like the longest five minutes of my life. Our appointment was the first one in the morning at 8.40am, originally I thought to myself what a stupid time to have it but then I was quite glad as it meant we wouldn't have to wait around all day.
We were called through to the ultrasound room and I was asked to lie down on the bed. There were so many thoughts running through my head at this point, I couldn't even look at the screen. I don't remember anything the technician said to me as to be honest I wasn't listening. But then, I heard those wonderful three words... "There's the heartbeat" and I suddenly came out of the day dream that I was in. I turned to look at the screen and there right in front of me was a tiny baby! I couldn't believe it, I turned and looked at Andy and we were both so relieved. The baby was measuring at 11+6 so only two days off my calculations putting me two days ahead which I was quite happy about.
The technician did all of her measurements, unfortunately because I wasn't 12+2 we couldn't do any testing for down syndrome so they've booked me in for another scan in a couple of weeks. I did have my bloods taken so at least they were able to do one of the screenings. One thing that I would have liked was a clearer photo, she did take others which you could see the full profile but to be honest a good photo was the last thing on my mind. We did get to see baby kicking and crossing it's legs as well as moving it's arms and waving.
I'm glad everything went well with the scan, however I'm still extremely nervous about everything and probably will be for the rest of the pregnancy. It's weird how I wasn't nervous at all during my first pregnancy and sailed through it assuming all was well with baby. I'm looking forward to our next scan to see how baby is getting along.
How did you feel before your first scan?