20 weeks: half way there

scanAs a student, nights out at a cheesy club in town would regularly see me and my friends wailing along to Bon Jovi’s “Living On A Prayer”. “Wooo we’re halfway there, wooo Living on a Prayer!”.

This song has been going round my mind quite a bit this week because, as the title suggests, I am now at 20 weeks in my pregnancy and thus, about halfway through.

One of the key milestones on offer to you during your pregnancy is the 20 week scan, or more officially the anomaly scan. A quick Google search will bring back hundreds of articles on what a sonographer is looking for and reading some stories could leave you quite fearful and hesitant going in to the scan. Some of the possible conditions that may be identified by the scan include Spina Bifida, cleft lips and limb deformities amongst others. However, there is no requirement to have any of these items checked for and/or to be told of their existence – it is completely up to you. Fortunately I have not have anything highlighted in any of the three scans that I have had so far, but if you do have anything highlighted to you, it is still your right to be fully informed by the medical professionals and to make the decision that is right for you and your unborn child.

One thing that many people do have checked at the 20wk scan, and is often what the 20wk scan is referred to as, is the sex of their baby. Not all hospitals will offer you this choice, depending on location and/or internal policies. However if they do, it has to be your decision if you do find out or not.

As I have mentioned in earlier blogs, this is actually my third pregnancy and one thing that we couldn’t get over was how even in such a short time the quality of the images have improved (or my ability to make out shapes in the grey fuzz has improved). In particular as the sonographer was zooming in and out on the face, my husband said it reminded him of the Mummy coming out of the sand in the film of the same name!

It is strange in many ways as this is actually the last time I am scheduled to see my baby until he/she arrives in January. There will obviously be other check-ups on offer with the midwife but I am unlikely to see another sonogram. The impatient part of me cannot wait!

At this halfway point of the pregnancy, there is also a good chance that you may be feeling your little baby kicking. This will depend on various factors such as the position of your placenta and also, it is suggested that you will be more susceptive to the feelings if this is your second pregnancy or you have been pregnant before. In order to understand what you should expect in terms of baby movements, it is very useful to consider the partnership that MummyNatal has with a great charity, Count The Kicks. Count the Kicks is a UK registered charity that aims to empower mums to be with knowledge and confidence throughout their pregnancy. A baby’s movements indicate its wellbeing and by understanding their baby, mums can be empowered to trust their instincts, enjoy their pregnancy and ensure the healthy delivery of their baby. Please click on the logo below to find out more and if you are attending one of my classes then please do buy one of the charity wristbands that help with the work of the charity, whilst also helping you stay attuned to your baby’s movements.

Meanwhile I am continuing to teach with some wonderful expectant Mums attending my classes in Huntingdon (Tuesday) and Peterborough (Thursday). I have one more full term to start before I go on “Mat Leave” from teaching and I have already started using some of the tools that we teach in MummyNatal on myself. This proves that it definitely works! If you or anyone you know wants to do classes with a pregnant lady at the same stage as you, then check out term dates and book on at: www.birthbeginnings.co.uk

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Bex is our MummyNatal and BabyNatal teacher for Peterborough.

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