Documenting Baby's Growth Through Ultrasound ImagesHolly Whitney
Many 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 57 weeks and 3 days. Our little blob.
March 4, 2011 2 of 511 weeks and 5 days. Kind of alien like but definitely a baby.
May 12, 2011 3 of 521 weeks and 4 days. Our anatomical ultrasound. It's a boy!
June 16, 2011 4 of 526 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 526 weeks and 4 days. Foot! The technician said his foot is 5 cm long. Just look at those toes.