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The First Scan



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?


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  1. Kerry I am so happy for you and your family. My eyes teared up a bit while reading this. I hope that you have a very healthy and easy pregnancy. I'm due in October with my second baby boy. 😊 Take care! -Ellie Rose

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    1. Thank you Ellie. Oooh how exciting! Hope your pregnancy has been good so far?

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  2. I'm so glad all was well - I've had a missed miscarriage too and every scan ever since has been positively petrifying and I have cried my eyes out every time so I know how you feel. I'm wishing you a happy and healthy rest of your pregnancy xx

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    1. Thank you, so sorry to hear you had a missed miscarriage too. xx

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  3. We were super excited, we were like you and hadn't even thought about the possibility of miscarriage, our scan was perfect though and everything looked great, seeing your little baby for the first time is such a mix of emotions, neither of us cried though like we thought we would, I think the excitement took over and we were just bouncy off the walls! We had some drama when I had my bloods taken for the nuchal fold measurement, my body is ridiculous when it comes to blood tests, it seizes up and no blood comes out, it took 3 midwives and 4 attempts in different areas of my body before they had to call the Anesthesiologist from theatre to use a baby drip to get the smallest bit of blood out of me, I almost fainted from it all and had to lie down, I kept telling them I didn't care if baby had down's syndrome so please stop poking me with bloody needles!! Haha. Congratulations again, so super happy for you, I have a strong feeling it's a girl :) xx

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    1. It definitely is a mix of emotions. Haha yeah I thought i would cry but never have done. Oh no! That sounds horrible!!! They can never seem to get blood out of me either and always tell me I have skinny arms lol but never had to go through that. Thank you, quite a few have said that. xx

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  4. So beautiful!! Congratulations and wishing you all the best x

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  5. So happy for you, I can imagine that the wait for the scan was excruciating. I wish you all the best for your pregnancy & am looking forward to following your bump stories. Ami x

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  6. I'm so glad all was well for you and so sorry you had to go through that the last time xxx

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    1. Thank you Lisa. Hopefully won't have to go through it again xx

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  7. I'm so glad to hear everything is well. The first scan is such an exciting but nerve racking time! x

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    1. Thank Alex! It definitely is, i'm sure it gets worse with the amount of babies you have haha x

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  8. Yes, sadly I know how scary scans are. With my first pregnancy, I was so nervous going to the first scan as I was terrified of them revealing a missed miscarriage, so we were over the moon when the scan revealed twins, both who were healthy. Just one week later we had another scan for the down's screening. I was nervous all over again, and it was this scan where they told us one of the membranes had ruptured around one of our twins. I hope you have a healthy, happy pregnancy. x

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that Amy, I have read your story over on your blog and couldn't imagine what you have been through. You are such a brave woman. Thank you. xx

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  9. to be honest, my first scan that was the furthest thing from my mind, but 3 days later when i woke to blood and cramps, it was all over my mind.
    I am praying a prayer that baby and yourself will stay safe during your pregnancy.

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    1. Oh no I'm so sorry to hear that. Thank you x

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  10. Wow, how cool!! My first scan was very exciting! Last week we had the second and we heard the heart beating, soo cool!

    Next week I will tell more at my blog...

    X Chris

    ♥ addictedtofashion.nl ♥

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    1. How exciting! I look forward to reading your news on the blog! x

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  11. congratulations again. Before my first scan I was so scared I was going to be told something is wrong so was such a relief when we saw our little one moving loads and was told that there was no problems. http://www.joannavictoria.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Joanna, I bet it's such a relief :) I hope your pregnancy is going smoothly? x

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  12. To think that at just 11 weeks the baby is already moving and waving just blows me away. I was so confident about my 1st pregnancy that I started NewMumOnline when I was trying to conceive. With all that I know, now, the 2nd one will contain a lot of fears - I will try and breathe through them and let them go. Sorry to hear of your previous scan. Didn't realise. Glad all is well this time. Keep yourself in a positive bubble and walk away from any situation or energy that doesn't feel right. Lots of love and congratulations, Liska xxx (hoping to join you on this journey soon) xx

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    1. Thank you Liska, it's crazy isn't it! I had no idea we would be able to see that as I didn't have a scan this early with Amelia. xx

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  13. Kerry I can't believe I missed the announcement somehow! Absolutely over the moon for you on this wonderful news. Your words bought a tear to my eye, so happy all is well. Hope you're not feeling too rotten and your next scan goes great. Love, Lara xx

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    1. Thank you so much Lara. It's not been too bad so far xx

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  14. I am so glad everything went ok, especially after last time x

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  15. Congratulations again, this is such brilliant news. Because we tried for ages to get pregnant and had a miscarriage, I was convinced something would go wrong. So for all checks and scans I was petrified x

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    1. Thank you. I'm so sorry to hear that. It does really play on your mind doesn't it. I don't think I will fully relax until baby is born x

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  16. Congratulations! Here's to a happy and healthy next 6 months :)

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  17. That's so great. I'm so happy for yous. No one tells you anything like this the first time round. But your nearly past your 3 months. You will be fine!!
    L x
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    1. Thank you Lisa! I really do hope so :) xx

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  18. I had a miscarriage in October when I was almost 12 weeks so when I got pregnant this time it felt like an absolute eternity getting to 12 weeks and I was so scared to have the scan in case they told me there wasn't a heartbeat. Thankfully everything was fine this time, I'm now 15 weeks and time is just flying by, I can't wait to meet my new baby.

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    1. So sorry to hear that. I know what you mean, it feels like it takes forever to get to the 12 week mark. Glad everything is going ok for you this time. x

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  19. Congratulations and wishing you all the best!
    I was very excited for my first scan - had a few problems but all was well in the end. I see you have a little star tattoo on your belly.
    We named the baby start after seeing her as a little blob at our first scan!

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    1. Thank you Mary. Aww that's a lovely name to call the baby during the pregnancy

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  20. I can imagine it was scary for both you and your partner, but thankfully all is well with your little one.

    We had quite the shock at our first scan with our little one. We were going in expecting to be exactly 12 weeks to the day, only to discover I was actually 20 weeks pregnant! Being our first child, everything was nerve wracking and scaring and surreal, even more after finding that out.

    I wish nothing but the best for you and your growing family!
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    Bits & Bobs

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    1. Wow that's crazy that you were so far along! When I was pregnant with Amelia I had no idea I was until 18 weeks, i was ill with anemia so put it down to that and it was only when they forced me to do a test that we found out haha!!

      Thank you x

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  21. I'm so pleased this has all gone well for you and really sorry to hear about your past experience. I've had two miscarriages so definitely understand how nerve racking scans can be.

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    1. Thank you. Sorry to hear about your past miscarriages too. x

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  22. I'm over the moon for you, seriously! x

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  23. Congratulations on the pregnancy and glad the scan went well..hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly x

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  24. Congratulations. I'm always nervous and excited, and fortunately afterwards relieved until worry gets hold of me again. I think the more babies you have the more worried you get as you know more

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  25. Scans can be a curse and a blessing, It is really hard to know how to feel about them. I always found them bittersweet.

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  26. With John I was petrified. We'd been trying for months and I'd convinced myself that it wasn't meant to be. With David, I was even more worried given my sickness, convinced there was at least two babies in there!

    So excited for you and can't wait to follow this pregnancy. xo

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  27. xx ahhh Kerry I am so pleased everything went well today for you and Andy. It must be a huge relief to hear them words. I'm so happy for you and your beautiful growing family! xx

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  28. Congratulations on the lovely scan - and yes I can relate to this after having a miscarriage. Those words 'there is the heartbeat' can make all the difference but I still didn't fully relax until she was here, safe and sound.

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  29. aw im soo happy for you sorry about the past but congratulations and best of luck for the future x

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  30. The very best of luck for this pregnancy hun xx

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  31. So glad everything looks good. I always get very nervous until they tell me that there is a heart beat and then I allow myself to get excited!

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  32. Huge congratulations. I smiled all the way through this post. So happy for you three.
    X

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  33. I felt axioms before my scan.
    You are glowing x

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  34. congratulations again!! So exciting seeing that scan isn't it?! I was so happy on monday to see our little bean wiggling around in there ;)

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  35. So glad everything is well :) I think I have said all I can say but I am chuffed to bits for you - I was with my friend when I found out about you being pregnant and I think she thought I was pregnant with how excited I got..so so happy for you! Couldn't have wished for happier news for a nicer family after what you have been through this year. Love you and hope to see you very soon xxxxx

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  36. Congratulations lovely - I am so happy for you and have my fingers so tightly crossed that everything will just go swimmingly for you this time. xx

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  37. Awww I'm so happy it was all good news :) Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy xxx

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  38. Thank you for sharing your story. After having a missed miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy in 2013' I was terrified when I went for my 12 week scan in the beginning of June. I feel that I held my breathe the whole time. Had a private scan (16 weeks) yesterday and still was super nervous but it was amazing. I was able to relax and scare at its face, hands and really fall in love with my little baby. I am sending you positive thoughts. Xxxx

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  39. Congratulations!
    I am so happy for you and the whole family.
    Take a good care of yourself.

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  40. This just makes me so happy. I'm so glad baby is okay. It's so strange for me to see you pregnant again - as Amelia and Bill aren't too far apart age-wise. I feel like I'm lagging behind! xx

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  41. I'll never enjoy scans especially the first as I too had a missed miscarriage and it brings back all those memories being on the bed.
    Congratulations darling

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  42. Soooo happy for you. I can't stop saying it! x

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  43. Congratulations Kerry. I think scans are scary and exciting I know mine was. Hope you have an easy pregnancy xx

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  44. Congratulations on your news and I'm glad to hear that everything went OK with your scan. I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly x

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  45. Congratulations!
    I am 17 weeks with our third. I've never thankfully gone through the agony of a miscarriage but this time round was so frightened about the scan. Our 20wk one is looming and now getting nervous! Hoeo all goes well! X

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  46. Congratulations! It can be so nervous with a first scan, with our first baby I didn't even think about it but with my other pregnancies I was terrified. I hope you have a super smooth and enjoyable pregnancy. x

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  47. Awh Congratulations, very nervous til after to know things are all okay! xx

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  48. So happy for you! I hope you have a very healthy baby and pregnancy.

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  49. Congratulations on baby number 2 :) So happy that it worked out this time for you! I think when I get pregnant I'll definitely be a panicky one because I'm such a worrier and always expect the worst!! I just have a question out of curiosity, do they make all expectant mums have down syndrome tests now? Because I thought they only usually did them if you were over 30? xx

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    1. Thank you Becca! I'm not 100% sure to be honest I think they ask if you want to take the test but you don't have to if you don't want to. There is a different test i think you're referring to where you have to over 30 for which they usually do test for down syndrome with but I can't remember exactly lol xx

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  50. Congratulations, I can't wait to see more pics of the nursery and glad everything is all graaaavy! I was so nervous for my first scan, I didn't know what to expect! Now I have a beautiful son who has just turned 2 lol and since reading your reading corner post I am getting josh more and more into books and hes liking it! xx

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