Friday, October 2, 2009

2nd Scan: 20 weeks

Last Monday 28 September 2009 @ 1.00 PM my wife and I went to Gentofte Hospital for my wife's 2nd ultrasonic scan to see the condition of my baby inside the womb. Now the fetus is 20 weeks old or 5 months. The scan started by examining the baby's brain and we can see the serebrum and serebelum, then the nurse move to the baby's kidney and then the heart where we can see 4 compartments of the heart which is normal and we can also hear the heart beat !. Besides that, she also examined the baby's bones (nose, back, legs and arm bones) and everything seems to be okay according to the her. Other than that, another important observation is the upper lip to check whether the baby have a cleft lip or not and Alhamdulillah this is also okay. It is very exciting to the see the baby moving inside the womb ! The nurse said it was hard to see the baby's lips as he/she keeps on turning his/her head. Maybe the baby is too shy hehe. Before ending the scanning process, the nurse asked us whether we want to know the baby's gender or not. Of course we do hehe. Luckily she was able to predict the baby's gender and the baby is a...? I'm not going to tell about it yet hehe, its a secret. However the most important thing is that everything is okay and the baby is normal.

Below are some general information that I get from about how my baby is growing @ 20 weeks.

How your baby's growing: Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.) He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

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