Anna’s pregnancy diary: Week 7 – The first scan

goodtoknow’s Food and Diets Editor Anna is pregnant, so we’ve asked her to keep a diary of her pregnancy, telling you all the good bits and bad bits and asking for your help and comments.

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Hello blob! Of course I’ve barely slept a wink. It’s the day of my 7-week scan and I can’t believe I’m actually going to see our baby! I’m so nervous, but trying to get a grip on myself and stay positive.

At the hospital I’m pleased I recognise the nurse who will be doing my scan. She’s done lots of my scans in the past (for the fertility treatment I had), but this time she’ll be looking for a baby, not counting follicles (eggs).

As this scan is so early I can’t have a normal one, I have to have an internal one. It’s not the most fun thing I’ve ever done, but I’m so used to being prodded and poked around by now it doesn’t really bother me.

The nurse explains that because the baby is so small it might take her a little while to locate it, so not to panic if she doesn’t say anything for a bit. After a minute which feels like three years, she spins the screen round, points, grins and says: ‘That’s your baby!’

I always thought I would cry at this moment, particularly because it’s taken me so long to get here, but I’m more amazed and delighted than teary. She magnifies the ‘blob’ in the middle until we can see the heart pounding away.

It really is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. She hits a button and gives me a picture to hold while she finishes looking around to see if any more babies are hiding.

In the run-up to the scan I’d thought twins might be brilliant (especially as I have twin nephews), but now I know there’s just the one I’m actually relieved!

After the first nurse has finished I have to see another nurse. She ticks a few boxes, signs some pieces of paper and officially discharges me from the assisted conception unit into the hands of my own GP, as this is now classed as a normal pregnancy. She also gives me my due date – September 5.

I leave the hospital beaming from ear to ear. It really is one of the best days of my life.

Video of the Week

Coming up: Telling work, baby gets a name and the 1st GP visit
Previously – Weeks 5-6: Anna gets fed up with food
Read Anna’s diary from the beginning
More about week 7 of pregnancy
Read Jenny’s pregnancy diary: Weeks 6-7

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