32 Weeks, Growth Scan

So this time for whatever reason the clinic we went to didn’t feel the need to add an arbitrary dimension to their 3D scans.  Maybe this was the reason I decided to go along this time, but more likely it was because I was a bit jealous of the live images Danni got to see during the last 3D scans.

Once again I was blown away by the tech that allows for these images, even if Flynn wasn’t being particularly accommodating today and kept his leg partially covering his face for the majority of our photo session.

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28 Weeks, 4D Scan

Danni had arranged to get some “4D” scans (don’t ask me what the 4th D is here) while I was at work today.  Ordinarily I try to go along to all of the doctor appointments as well as the scans and tests as let’s be honest, dad’s work at this stage is basically non-existent so I just try to be supportive, but I’ve always found these sorts of scans to be slightly creepy.

It’s possible that it’s just because this is my own child, but I think they turned out rather cute and being able to see his face already affected me far more than I’d anticipated it would.

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20 Weeks, Anomaly Scan

We had our all important 20 week scan today where the NHS gets their first, proper look at our little guy. This is a detailed scan of the fetal anatomy (the heart, brain, face, spine, bowel, stomach, kidneys, limbs, hands and feet) looking for any abnormalities.  If we hadn’t already discovered the gender they would also have told us what we should be expecting.

He’s looking much more like a baby now than the previous platypus shape he had during our previous scan.

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9 Weeks, Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (Panorama)

The Panorama test is a non-invasive prenatal screening test (NIPT) that assess baby’s risk for genetic disorders such as Down’s syndrome or other abnormalities.  Unlike the traditional invasive tests that carry a miscarriage risk of about 1:100, it analyses baby’s (placental) DNA through a simple blood draw from the mother’s arm.  This test also determines the baby’s gender as early as nine weeks!

Before the blood test carried were out, the clinic did a routine well-being scan for us.  It’s hard to imagine that only 3 weeks after we last saw him, our little one has already developed so much and looks far more like a little person than a bean.

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6 Weeks, Baby’s First Scan

As first-time parents in the early days, we were both overly excited and a little nervous to see how our little bean was doing.  We simply couldn’t wait for the NHS 12 week scan to establish the viability of the pregnancy, so we opted for a private early scan to make sure everything was OK.

Everything was! What’s more, baby’s heart beat was already detected at this early stage which is a very promising sign!! Here are a few photos and even a couple of videos of his very early progress at 6 weeks– seeing our baby for the first time on the ultrasound screen felt so surreal yet so real.

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