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Documenting Baby's Growth Through Ultrasound Images

June 16, 2011Many women only get one or two ultrasounds—if any—during their entire pregnancy. Those are usually done around the 12 week mark for a first trimester screen and the 20 week mark for an anatomical ultrasound if the gender of the baby is something that wants to be discovered. That’s how many I received during my first pregnancy—and they have come a long way in just over four years.

Due to the seemingly endless list of complications I’ve had, my ultrasound count is currently at four for this pregnancy. I love being able to see my baby’s heart beating on the screen and all of his little parts. I’m amazed how much he has grown each time I go in for an ultrasound. It’s not that I don’t know he is growing and changing inside of my on a rapid basis, but seeing it first hand is incredible. For me it is totally worth the full bladder and feeling like I’m going to pee my pants that I have to endure the hour before my appointment.

I’ve also been fortunate enough to have to go to a facility that specializes in 3D ultrasounds. So instead of the grainy 2D images I got when I was pregnant with my first son, I get to see the surreal 3-dimensional images of the little guy growing inside of me (with the exception of the very first ultrasound this time around).

Check out his growth over the last 26 weeks.

  • February 8, 2011 1 of 5
    February 8, 2011
    7 weeks and 3 days. Our little blob.
  • March 4, 2011 2 of 5
    March 4, 2011
    11 weeks and 5 days. Kind of alien like but definitely a baby.
  • May 12, 2011 3 of 5
    May 12, 2011
    21 weeks and 4 days. Our anatomical ultrasound. It's a boy!
  • June 16, 2011 4 of 5
    June 16, 2011
    26 weeks and 4 days. Follow-up ultrasound from my placenta previa diagnosis. He has gained 1 pound and 4 ounces in just 5 short weeks!
  • June 16, 2011 5 of 5
    June 16, 2011
    26 weeks and 4 days. Foot! The technician said his foot is 5 cm long. Just look at those toes.

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