5 ultrasounds and a couple of hospital appointments in and I realise I haven’t written any blog posts about the ones we have had! So here’s an overview of the first couple appointments and pregnancy scans we had during Trimester 1 weeks 9 – 11…
Not only have there been 3 baby scans at the USP Marbella as part of the ongoing private pregnancy healthcare but we have also had two independent 4D scans at a private practise in Marbella. There was an additional charge for the two 4D baby scans but as Mike says, 100-150€ to ensure every part of your baby is healthy is a small price to pay and could easily be spent on a meal anyway!
Appointment 1 & Scan 1 – 15th October 2010: Booking In Appointment and First Visit
Wasn’t expecting this one and as a result, didn’t have Mike with me. He was extremely gutted to have missed the first opportunity to see his child for the first time but as we were already in week 9 he didn’t have long to wait until the 12 week scan.
As part of the regular checking in appointment I was expecting to have bloods taken and to have a urine test to confirm pregnancy but instead I got to see the little blob of a future baby on a scan and then had the blood and urine tests the following week!
In truth, the scan pictures were fairly unimpressive and all you can manage to see is a white blob on a darkened background. Hearing the heartbeat for the first time was seriously impressive though!
Dr. Bazán explained that there would be another scan at 12 weeks and then 20 weeks and following that there would be check-up appointments every 4-5 weeks after that until week 38 when the final checks would be done to assess pregnancy at that stage etc. At each hospital appointment so far I have seen different doctors and I remember Dr. Pedro Bazán from the first scan appointment as being one of the more useful and informative doctors at the USP.
Appointment 2 – Blood Tests: 20.10.10
The blood tests appointment was a fairly casual affair and after a short wait with several others I was ushered to a room with a couple of big chairs and had a couple of vials full of blood taken, a small cup to pee in and told I could collect the results the following week.
I had thought these tests would be simply to confirm pregnancy but according to the 7 pages of test results I appear to have been tested for quite a few things, and not just a pregnancy. The “Hemograma Completo” has results for Glucose, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes virus, HIV, Rubella and several other items which I’m not sure I would know even if they were written in English.
Pregnancy Scans weeks 12-20 coming soon…..