This week marks my 30th week of pregnancy. …only 8-12 weeks left… not that I’m counting!
As time progresses I am feeling heavier and heavier, only being able to do things in small bursts. Picking up things off the floor is a massive effort. Walking any distance is painful and leaves me gasping for air. Stairs are torture… feeling 90 more than thirty something!
A couple of weeks ago I was grateful for my knee problems not being as severe as pre-pregnancy, well they are returning with a vengeance. I guess the weight is just getting too much.
I have put on 14kg over the last 30 weeks. Judging from the fit of my old clothes, which seem to be looser (excluding how they don’t fit the bump) this weight it all bump. Even my breasts seem to have shrunk.
This week we gave ourselves a special treat: We booked a 4D ultrasound scan.
We had one for both of the Littlins and it is among their keepsakes, so felt we had to do it for Sticky Bean too. I was fortunate to find a company operating not far from us who were doing a deal for £99 till the end of March.
So on Saturday off we went for our appointment. This time the Littlins came with us. We felt it would be exciting for them to have a “peep inside” Mummy’s tummy too and see who they’ve felt fidgeting and kicking from the inside.
We arrived for our appointment, which was at an NHS diagnostics centre, were promptly led into the ultrasound room, I was laid up on a table, the Littlins given a chair in front of a large monitor, with Oh-so-lovely-daddy standing behind them. The sonographer and the nurse were very friendly chatted away with all of us.
Sticky Bean was sleeping (despite the chocolate and carb heavy lunch I had just had, which usually wakes this one) and fairly low down. After 5 minutes I had to get up and do a bit of a jig in the room to get Sticky Bean into a better position to see things. As I was wriggling around, I felt a shift in my tummy and as if Sticky Bean had shoved arms out in a stretch. Quickly back on the table- I was expecting a baby wide awake… not this one! Still asleep, but kindly shifted into a better position.
The sonographer started focussing in on face and hands held beside the face. At first , the layer was a bit too deep, and only a hole could be seen in the place of a nose. It was a rather scary sight- like a little piglet… but then the sonographer got the images. The Littlins sat in awe. At first very quiet, then started asking questions and shouting as they say mouth eyes, nose, mouth, ears. Their excitement was very sweet!
We checked out hands- which were tucked up around the head, one over an ear, probably saying “shush out there I’m trying to sleep!”; looked at the legs and feet – sitting in a cross-legged position.
The sonographer switched between black and white 2D images and the brown 3D images, making a 4D recording of the little movement that Sticky Bean did produce. Part of the 4D is a minute or 2 or hiccups. Very special to be able to see that and feel it simultaneously.
This is a diagnostic test as well as a pretty peep inside, so he also did the standard measurements. My expectations for a big baby are still well founded: Head and tummy circumference are in the 97.9th percentile. Estimated weight 4lb 14 at the moment… I was born at that weight!!!
In doing the measurements the sonographer also found the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby elevated (a condition called polyhydramnio) and expressed a slight concern over this. He did double check kidneys, bladder and stomach (abnormalities with which most often cause such a condition), which all seemed to be fine. They prepare a report at the end of the scan and this was noted on mine. Having followed up on the symptoms and causes of polyhydramnio , after an initial google and panic, I am not really concerned. Thinking back I probably had it with the previous 2 as well, just undiagnosed. In 65% of the cases they find no known cause or concern for the foetus, especially where the foetus is large for it’s gestational age (which is definitely my case).
I was almost getting off the table, when we realised we forgot one thing! This is the last picture taken:
It is amazing what we can do with technology. This scan has helped bonding for sure. The Littlins come up to my tummy even more and talk to it more often since. They have been telling family and friends with excitement of what they saw. The scan took slightly longer than the allocated 20-30 minutes and the children coped very well with it, sat through almost all of it.
If you get a chance to peep into the world of your bump-dweller I would definitely recommend it! If your children are old enough (I’d say 3+) take them along.
Have you had a 4D scan? Did you enjoy it as much as we did?