||[Dec. 9th, 2010|10:55 pm]
We had the scan and it was absolutely fantabulous. We were scanned by a trainee obstetrician with a senior sonographer standing by to guide her so although we were only really there for a placenta site scan they did a full set of measurements, multiple times. We must have been in there for half an hour and it was just wonderful to see our baby up close and personal like that, knowing we'd be meeting him/her soon.|
The first aspect we saw included both the head and half the torso and my immediate thought was 'that's the same shape head/body as E when she was first born'. There was a real sense of familiarity about it. We didn't get any facial shots but saw lots of the brain , spine, various aspects of the abdomen all the way down to the femur. We saw little hands, but no feet - they were up under my ribs. All the measurements were very normal, and continue to show this baby as slightly big, but still within normal range. A bit like big sister, really.
Then they got the internal probe out. The placenta is posterior, so it was hard to get a good shot abdominally. As soon as it was inserted we got a very clear shot of a cervix with a head sitting right on top of it. The baby wriggled a bit and we saw head hair gliding along after it. I had no idea you could see hair by ultrsound, but we did! They then went back to the abdominal scan and got a precise location of the placenta. With the baby's head directly on my cervix, the placenta starts at about chin height. In other words, very comfortably away from the cervix and in no way likely to cause a problem with a vaginal birth.
So we're all set! Home birth, here we come! And I'm so looking forward to meeting this little person at last. There was definitely a shift for me with this scan, psychologically, spiritually, which I'm very glad to have had happen. I can sense the shift into a birthing mindset beginning at last. Yey!