Friday, 25 July 2014

Bump Watch 2014: 30 Weeks

Last week we were lucky enough to visit Babybond for a private pregnancy scan in Glasgow. Babybond 4D bonding scans are the original and most popular in the UK and include a growth report with estimated fetal weight and optional sexing at no extra charge.  All scans are performed by a qualified sonographer with diagnostic obstetric scanning experience and if your baby doesn't cooperate and they can't complete the primary purpose of the scan they may offer you the option of a free rescan appointment. Scans ranges from fast results like the £39 justgender scan to longer appointments which suit all budgets.

We headed to our local babybond clinic in Glasgow (there are 7 clinics in Scotland and over 60 UK wide!) on Saturday with Blondie Boy for a growth scan. For us the main purpose of the scan was for Blondie Boy to get to see the baby as he had not been to any of my hospital scans, since children are not allowed at NHS scans, and to also get a peek at the baby in 3D and see their facial features!

Our sonographer was lovely and really patient with Blondie Boy answering his questions and explaining everything as she went along. We had a 40 minute session where she checked the baby's measurements, sex and saved images for later. According to the measurements the baby has really long legs (like their Dad!) and was measuring two weeks ahead on their femur length! No wonder I feel like I've got feet jammed in my side constantly!

The baby totally has the same chubby cheeks that their brother had and we think from the images they will probably look a lot like Blondie Boy!

29 week baby 3d 4d scan ultrasound

The baby almost always had their hand up over their face but one of the coolest things was that they kept yawning throughout the scan! I'd never heard of a baby yawning on an ultrasound before. We got a CD of all our images, some print-outs and a DVD as well; I've edited it down from it's full length of over 6 minutes to just show a quick example and you'll see a yawn--and the baby's tongue!--right around 15 seconds in.

We had an amazing experience and it was a lot more personal and involved that the typical NHS scan. It was especially lovely for Blondie Boy to see there really was a baby in there and he has told all his friends and teachers at school about it. I'd highly recommend babybond to anyone looking for private pregnancy scans.

30 week baby size

*How far along?: 30 weeks
*How big is baby?: Cucumber (I assume some sort of genetically mutated, antibiotic fed cucumber because cucumbers aren't that big normally)
*Maternity clothes?: Yes; although I've been wearing some XL tank tops in this heat. No bump pic this week because I've be a hot, sweaty mess.
*Sleep?: Yes, but waking up around 5:30 for a bathroom break
*Best moment this week?: The amazing weather we have been having--it is actually like summer. Yes I'm melting in the heat but we've had 4 days in a row of gorgeous sunshine!
*Movement?: Yes and it is really sore. I think my kid might have super strength.
*Food cravings?: No.
*Labor signs?: No
*Belly button in or out?: Innie but I took out my belly bar because it was sore.
*What I miss: Air conditioning.
*What I'm looking forward to: Fancy pants dinner (that I won!) with NBH next Thursday.
*Milestone: 9 weeks left....

If you like to compare/contrast here is Blondie Boy's 30 week update from 2009.

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Transatlantic Blonde was provided a growth scan for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.


Melaina25 said...

Awwwww! How adorable!! I definitely want to have one of these done! They're popping up at all the malls in California. Great post :)

XoXo Shea L. ---------->

Melaina25 said...

Sounds like a lovely experience. Glad BB enjoyed it xx

Melaina25 said...

Oh wow - that yawn is so cute!!

Melaina25 said...

We ummed and ahhed over the 4D scan but decided not to in the end ... But they truly are amazing, how much detail you can see the features in! And lovely for your boy to be able to come too.

Enjoy the summer ... And the next 9 weeks! - #BlogBumpClub

Melaina25 said...

Amazing scan! All the best to your baby!

x Nina

Melaina25 said...

I think it is also really nice for my family back in the states who are so far away to feel a bit more part of it if that makes any sense what so ever lol.

Melaina25 said...

I've never heard of anything like it!

Melaina25 said...

I know they creep you out!

Melaina25 said...

Def. make sure it is trained medical professionals if you decide to get one :)

Melaina25 said...

I really wish we had had a 4D SCAN with at least one of our pregnancies they are amazing. Unfortunately neither of my little ones have seen any scans for this baby. Up until a year ago out hospital used to let siblings in quickly at the end of your scan to see baby which was lovely when I was expecting my son as my eldest could feel involved. They don't do that now so even my OH has only seen one scan out of the 5/6 I've had so far this pregnancy #blogbumpclub

Melaina25 said...

You might just be able to squeeze one in still! Look at babybond's website to see if you are within the date limits x

Melaina25 said...

I just lost my comment so if this shows up twice feels free to delete! Whenever I read your #BlogBumpClub posts I always panic because we're at the same stage - only 9 weeks to go.... argh! The scan vid is amazing - that yawn bit is exceptionally cute. And how lovely that Blondie Boy could come along too. It's amazing the detail you can get from scans these days. Glad to hear you're enjoying the sunshine - it's lovely when you can relax in it! x