I turned 20 weeks pregnant last Friday and yesterday we went for our 20 week scan at the hospital. It actually came around pretty quick but I'm assuming that's because we already found out the gender at a private scan four weeks previously. I can imagine that if we hadn't booked an early scan then the weeks would have been dragging and I would have been getting more and more impatient so I'm glad that we did.
We arrived at the antenatal ward for our appointment at 9am and were made to wait for the screening room to become unoccupied. Whilst waiting I got that nerve-racking feeling of something being wrong. I don't know why, we saw our baby boy just four weeks ago and everything looked fine. I had also been feeling movement from around 16 weeks and regular kicks every day from about 17 weeks so why would there be any reason for concern. But I guess when you've had things go wrong with previous pregnancies it makes you so much more paranoid.
We were finally called through to the screening room and I was asked to lie down on the bed, once the sonographer had rubbed the gel all over my belly and started moving the wand I immediately felt at ease, he looked bigger which was a good sign and his heart was beating away at around 100 beats per minute. The sonographer did all of her measurements which seemed to take a while, but it was nice to be able to see all the different parts of his little body. She was really nice too and explained everything to us as she was doing it.
I don't seem to remember the 20 week scan being so thorough with Amelia but that was nearly three years ago now. Baby boy had his hands covered over his face the whole time and wouldn't budge so we had to walk around for 20 minutes and pop back to get the last measurements. We both thought his facial features looked liked just Amelia's did at this stage which her button nose, so it will be nice to see if they are similar when he's born. It was pretty amazing to see him yawn and also stretching out his fingers. I'm glad that everything is okay and he's perfectly healthy. I remember saying to Andy whilst sat in the waiting room "What if he turns out not to be a boy!" but we could both clearly see that he was indeed a boy even though she tried not to show that area.
We weren't asked if we wanted to know the sex which I thought was slightly weird, even though we already knew but what if we hadn't? I thought they were supposed to ask you. Although having said that she did let slip a few times and we both heard her saying he ha ha! I guess if we didn't know already we would have been asking her anyways.
I won't be having another scan this pregnancy unless there is any call for concern towards the end. Which feels strange as I had another scan at 25, 30, 35, 38 and 40+ weeks with Amelia as I was high risk and she was always measuring big but I think I may book us another 4d scan and have one done in HD at the same place we got Amelia's done and our gender scan last month.
Did you wait to find out the gender at the 20 week anatomy scan or were you impatient like
us me and booked an early gender scan?