We had our 20 week scan last week and it was very eventful to say the least! We arrived at the hospital in plenty of time for our appointment but ended having to wait 90 minutes. Unfortunately, as they were running behind Alex had to leave to pick Rowan up from nursery. This left me sat on my own in the waiting room to be called. We’re so lucky that Alex’s work is reasonably flexible with his hours and is able to manage his diary to attend all of my appointments and scans, I realise that a lot of women attend their scans on their own for various reasons, I’m just used to having Alex by my side to help keep me calm.
So, I was a little bit upset when I went in for my scan. The Sonographer was really apologetic and mentioned that she’d print extra scan photos for us. She was lovely and had obviously read my notes thoroughly and immediately found babies heartbeat and listened to it, this really eased my nerves as I was terrified of something being wrong.
The scan went really well although baby was extremely wriggly and the Sonographer couldn’t check all the parts of the heart correctly, this is exactly what happened with Rowan so I wasn’t surprised by this at all. The Sonographer picked up that I had a low lying placenta which could cause a few little problems further on in pregnancy, nothing serious but if the placenta stays in its current position I will definitely get the c-section that I want. There’s still plenty of room for the placenta to move and because it’s currently very low down I get lots of extra scans to see if it moves.
The baby is already measuring at 416g and has extremely long legs and is currently measuring on the 96th percentile line, which doesn’t surprise us at all. Alex and I are both tall and I was a big baby at 10b 4oz, Rowan was 9lb too so having a bigger baby is pretty inevitable. I do have to go back in two weeks for another scan to check the heart again and to check how much baby has grown in that time period. I’m hoping we caught baby at the end of a growth spurt!
I’m also booked in for another growth scan at 32 weeks, that will also check if the placenta has moved. I get an extra scan at 36 weeks too again to check babies growth, this ties in really well as I have a consultant appointment straight after my scan and then we can prepare a full birth plan with them and I’m hoping because of the extra scans, this will help my case in being able to have an elective c-section.
You may have noticed I didn’t write a 19 week pregnancy update, that was because there wasn’t anything to report and would have been a very short post. Now I’m at 20 weeks + 4 days I’m definitely starting to feel more pregnant and bump is starting to show a little more, it’s still not as big at this stage as when I was pregnant with Rowan, which is interesting with this baby being bigger, watch this space!
Whilst pregnant with Rowan I suffered with Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), and I think it’s rearing it’s ugly head again. My hips, pelvis, lower back, things and buttocks are really achy and quite painful at times, especially if I’m on my feet or walking. We attended The Baby Show in London on Friday and I started to seize up whilst wandering around so we had to take plenty of breaks, then yesterday I was in a lot of pain and spent most of the day in bed, I also had a bad headache – it was lovely day of rest.
This week baby is supposed to be the size of a banana and around 26cm is length as the baby is now measured from crown to heel rather than crown to rump. Baby should weigh around 10 oz, our little one is measuring just short of 15 oz!!!