Pregnancy Appointment : 20 Week Scan

I had my twenty week scan two weeks ago, it was so lovely to see baby again, I can't believe that I won't see him/her now until she/he is in my arms, crazy! 

At this appointment they did a lot of checks, as a result the scan lasted a lot longer than the twelve week one, I couldn't wait to get out and go to the toilet as I'd drunk my pint of water beforehand. The screen was positioned towards me initially so I got to see baby, unfortunately they then moved the screen around to do their checks which meant that I could no longer see, they invited Spencer to move his chair around and watch, he said that it was fascinating to watch them zooming in on legs, the brain and various other body parts.

Even before I fell pregnant I always said that I wouldn't find out the gender, I want the moment where they hand you your baby and exclaim its a ..... During the weeks leading up to the scan the impatient little girl who used to open the presents from under the Christmas tree then tape them back together came back, I became desperate to know. Spencer said from day one that he would want to find out for practical reasons, I convinced him that we should have a surprise so well that when I caved he would not budge, he wanted a surprise. He eventually gave in to my pleas at the scan and agreed to find out the sex. The Sonographer tried her absolute best to find out for us, to the point that she was actually jabbing at my tummy quite hard with her scanning equipment! Baby clearly had other ideas and would not open their legs, I'm a great believer in fate and believe that I was supposed to have my surprise after all, my baby knows that deep down I didn't want to know. I think we're having a girl as a result as boys always sit around with their legs wide open, girls have dignity and keep their bits hidden! 

Before the scan I had checked with my midwife to see if I would need pound coins at this appointment to buy the photos, she said no we wouldn't, they are free at this appointment. Annoyingly she was wrong and we did need pound coins, thankfully we managed to scrape £3 together for one photo, the lady doing the scan took pity on us and gave us another one free of charge.

We were then given two forms, one for us explaining that everything that can be checked had been checked and everything was normal, another to pop up to the ante-natal ward. I took this up to ante-natal along with a urine sample, I have previously been told to take a sample to every appointment. The frantic lady at ante-natal (they had someone off ill so were crazy) looked at me like I was stupid when I attempted to hand her my pot of urine, apparently I only need to take a sample to midwife appointments.

My next appointment now will be my 25 week midwife appointment. We've only actually seen our midwife once at our booking appointment, she was on holiday when I went for the 16 week appointment so I had a stand in. It will be nice to see her again as I've forgot what she looks like! I believe that after this appointment I will start to see my midwife a lot more frequently.


  1. I used to tape presents up too!! I think your little girl/boy knew too and was making sure to keep you in suspense :P Good luck with it all!

  2. Ooh ooh ooh how exciting! So glad everything is going smoothly for you, and it'll be a lovely surprise when the time comes x


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