Thats right folks! The new Webster is a boy! I was so convinced it was going to be a girl I was a little stunned to see a rather prominent set of boys "tools" floating on the screen this afternoon.
Having said that I shouldnt have been too surprised as my Dad is one of 8 boys, before my Granddad got his little girl!
The Anomaly scan is primarily a scan to identify any problems that might be present with our growing baby. It is able to identify a whole host of physical abnormalities from Spina Bifida, which is a condition where the Spinal chord of the baby is protruding out of the space between two vertebrae to the malformation of the abdominal wall where the intestines are going to be outside the stomach wall. Early identification of heart defects is also possible at this scan and all are checked routinely during this scan.
Some of the other things detectable in this scan are:
- absence of the top of the head (anencephaly)
- cleft lip
- defect of the abdominal wall, where the bowel and liver protrude (exomphalos)
- defect of the abdominal wall, where the intestines protrude (gastroschisis)
- missing or very short limbs
- major kidney problems (missing or abnormal kidneys)
- hole in the muscle separating chest and abdomen (diaphragmatic hernia)
- excess fluid within the brain (hydrocephalus)
- Edwards' syndrome or Patau's syndrome (chromosomal abnormalities)
- major heart problems (defects of chambers, valves or vessels)
Some of the conditions detectable are minor and some life threatening for mother and baby, so this scan can be cause for stress and worry.
Thankfully the Sonographer found nothing to be concerned about during our scan today which means we can rest a little easier knowing that everything is growing nicely and all in the right place.
All in all today has been a good day and we can now get busy buying trousers instead of skirts, pyjamas instead of nighties and babys first Scalextric, and of course the monumental task of choosing a name!