This is the time of year when you reflect on all that has gone by in the past 12 months and, yes, this year has been really tough going at times. On the flip side, this time last year I had just had a D&C after my first miscarriage and I was in a world of mental pain, but jump forward and today I am at the opposite end of the spectrum. Earlier today we went for our almost 9 week scan (I’m 9 weeks tomorrow) and everything is just as it should be.
The baby is now a foetus rather than an embryo, and I got to have my first external scan! No dildo wand for me! (I was genuinely a bit let down as I had made a special tidying up effort last night in anticipation) This time on the screen we saw something vaguely resembling an actual baby. We could make out its head, its body and its tiny little micro-limbs. The foetus was even having a little dance in there as we could see it jiggling about. At one point I thought it looked more like a kitten than a human – and said so – which caused the doctor to inform me that it was illegal to transfer animal embryos into humans. Aaaah okay, that wasn’t what I was suggesting had ACTUALLY happened!
In any case it was a lovely appointment and far less stressful than any other appointment I’ve had ever. The foetus measured at 2.26cm CRL and had a heartbeat around 160 bpm – all normal. I think my doctor was actually really delighted by how well we’re doing. This is the most pregnant we’ve ever been which is super-exciting! I am actually feeling really good about Christmas and just things in general. I know we are still a long way off, but you have to quietly celebrate the good milestones when they come. If another speed hump does come along further down then we will deal with it as we have every other hurdle, but for now everything is okay.
We have decided we won’t come for another scan until The Big One in mid-January, which is when they do the Nuchal Fold test, which indicates Down’s Syndrome, and the blood DNA tests that check for other chromosomal issues. Of course if anything pops up along the way, such as bleeding or whatever, the Doctor said I should come straight back in and we’ll check it out. This works for me.
I had told my Mum our initial good news when we had the positive blood test way back weeks ago, but today I gave her an update including the scan. She is delighted and I really do think it cheered up her pre-Christmas.
In the interests of reporting all side-effects, the past few days I have been REALLY off all things meat, and just generally off food in the evenings. There’s been no vomiting but I have felt quite nauseous at times! I’m hoping some acupuncture tomorrow will ease this off a bit! In the meantime all things savoury/salty and citrus are the best when I’m feeling a bit off. Helloooooo crisps and clementines!! I’ve been feeling a bit tired at times, but nothing debilitating. I think I’ve so far gotten off quite lightly. Anyway, every time I feel a bit gross I am actually delighted about it as it helps me to believe that things are happening as they should be.