Today we had our ’12′ week scan at the hospital and got to see how much little Haribo has grown since we had our first peek three weeks ago.
And there he or she was, flipping and stretching and sticking his or her bum up to the screen for us to see, clear as day!
The sonographer confirmed the 13 weeks gestation, which means the due date is indeed February 13, as the private scan had suggested. Add on the 11 days overdue that I expect to achieve again and that makes the realistic arrival time about Feb 24.
Seeing the baby on the screen was just lovely. It’s hard to believe how much he/she has grown since the last scan just a few weeks ago. Then, the baby was just a gummibear shape with a heartbeat (hence the Haribo nickname!). This time you could clearly see arms, legs, hands, eyes, nose, and a mouth opening and closing.
Maybe the amazing rate of growth explains why I am feeling so crap! Continuous nausea all day, worse in the morning and evenings, and lots of foods that make me feel ill. Apart from cheese and nutella on toast, of course, which I genuinely enjoyed for lunch yesterday! I’m also quite big on anything dairy at the moment, too. And in the mornings I wake up thirsty but the thought of pretty much any kind of drink, even water, makes me feel ill. Tea and coffee can occasionally be tolerated, but never first thing in the morning.
Before the scan I had my booking appointment with a lovely midwife. None of the information was new, obviously, but she was really friendly and nice. I explained my worry about having had a colonoscopy (as part of my regular post-cancer checkups) when I was 5 weeks pregnant and didn’t know it, but she said “what’s done is done” and that pethidine (which they use to sedate you during the procedure) won’t have affected the baby. So that’s a relief.
Hubby and I have debated the triple / quad test. But we have decided, like last time, not to go with it. It’s so unreliable and even if we came back high risk we wouldn’t want to risk invasive tests.
So, there we are, this is really happening! And this week I will have to start telling the world… starting with work!