We had the amnio done today and opted to have the additional FISH test done, so we could get preliminary results within approx 48 hours. The FISH test looks for Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome); Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13 (both of which are “incompatible with life”). We have spent a lot of time on the internet searching for information on the above possibilities.

Was also given an Anti-D injection as the Amnio is considered a “sensitizing” event.

Ultrasound Scan

We had our Ultrasound scan today, which was because they couldn’t identify stuff with the baby the last time as Bean was too small. They picked up a few abnormalities – the ultrasound revealed that Bean had a cleft lip (with possible cleft palate); the right kidney was multi-cystic and would never function; club feet and a heart deformity. Basically these problems are not a problem on there own as they are all able to be fixed, but when you have 3 or 4 of them together it tends to point towards something more sinister. We were advised to have an amniocentesis, as soon as practical. We were booked in for the next day.

I don’t think I have ever cried so much in my life, not knowing what beholds the precious life I am carrying.

Week 21 – 22

Your baby is around 25 cm long from head to toe (or 10 inches) and weighs just under ½ a kilogram (or about 1pound). By 22 weeks, your baby’s nervous system completely ‘connects’. The vital link between their brain and spinal cord (the brain stem) now matures and many nerve cells make vigorous connections. When this happens your baby becomes capable of recognising warmth, light, sound and pain.

Your baby’s skin is increasingly being covered by vernix. A thick, white, greasy cream that protects their skin in their watery environment. This disappears by 40 weeks (or if your baby is born more than a week early, you will notice it is still on their skin). Your baby’s eyelids are still fused shut but the retinas of their eyes are fully developed and they now have distinct eyelashes and eyebrows. Your baby’s hair follicles are now pigmenting to give your baby’s hair colour, looking either dark, fair or red.

Babies at this stage typically like to lie in a transverse position (or crossways), with their feet and bottom on one side of your belly and their head on the other side (rather than head down).

Stretching Pain

I am having quite a bit of groin/stretching pain too. I am ok while I am sitting then I look like an old woman getting up!!

Well I have a week off from work, courtesy of my GP, as I am not coping too well at work, with arrogant customers (seems to be few of them at the mo), so I am hoping a week to chill will help. If not, might go have a chat with a therapist, to help me deal with these excessive emotions. smile.gif

Gross …

Oh Gross – my belly button is starting to poke inside out and its freaking me out!!!!

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Belly Pic – 20 Weeks

My belly seems to have exploded in the last 5 weeks!! wacko.gif

20 Weeks

Winnie the Pooh, Wall Stickers for the Nursery :)

I got DH to buy some removable stickers for the nursery walls.

I put them up yesterday and they look great and are so cute!!!

The nursery door

Nursery Door
The nursery walls
and the wardrobe door

The fourth wall has the window so no stickers there smile.gif

19 Week Scan

I had my 19 week scan today, but Bean was sleeping and refused to wake up (even with jumping up and down and some painful prodding) so I go back on Jan 30.

I am feeling lots of flutters when I lay down in bed just before sleep and its really quite special isn’t it smile.gif

Week 19 – 20

Week 20 is seen as the ‘half way’ point in a standard 40 week pregnancy. Your baby now measures about 22 cm from head to toe (or 8.8 inches) and weighs about 340 grams (or 12 ounces).

During the 20th week, your baby’s nails form and their fingerprints are now visibly engraved in their fine skin. Their permanent teeth now appear behind their baby teeth deep within their gums. The bones in your baby’s inner ear and their nerve endings are now developed to the point where it is possible for them to hear sounds (although their ears are not structurally complete until 24 weeks).