Scan photo - confusion

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ConnieCaterpillar Thu 22-Apr-21 12:31:21

Hi Everyone

I hope this is in the right place and that my rambling makes sense.

We went for our first scan on Monday (first pregnancy) and all went well. Quick scan, lady said the heartbeat is all ok and viable pregnancy. Felt a little bit rushed and I couldn't really see much due to mask and glasses flogging plus lots of grey but maybe I was expecting a little too much, tummy wiped and out of the door. I asked about a photo and was told they will be emailed across and theres a charity box for donations. Perfect, received the scan picture today and can see where baby is, but I expected to see a little bit more I guess. I have googled 12 week scans and you can clearly see that baby is well a baby. My LO just looks like a dot. I have seen a few family members scans and ones from friends and they look like babies.... am I being silly or is this normal? Willing to be told I need to give my head a wobble, I just expected a little bit more development I guess. My last period was 23rd Jan and due date given is Oct 29th. Will try and upload a photo now if I can hide the identifying information as we havent shared our news yet either. Thank you all smile

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PinkCookie11 Thu 22-Apr-21 12:35:04

Commenting till pic is uploaded so don’t loose you

FluffMagnet Thu 22-Apr-21 12:38:49

I am frankly in awe of sonographers making any sense of scans! I'm 10 days ahead of you on dates (2nd baby), and our pictures are frankly shite. However, our sonographer was absolutely excellent at running us through what she could see at the time, and way better than any of the scans I'd had with DD last time around. The way I look at it - although it's nice for is parents to have a look at whats going on inside, this is not for us. It is a medical procedure to check the health of the baby. Ditto your 20 week scan isn't there for finding out the sex, it is to look for abnormalities. If you want a more leisurely view for your own interest, private scanning clinics seem to operate up and down the country. I can understand your disappointment, but I'm pleased your baby is healthy!

namechangemarch21 Thu 22-Apr-21 12:39:34

I've never had a 12 week scan like the one you see on the tv. Even my 20 week scan only vaguely looked like a baby. I think it is a lot to do with positioning, and It think in some cases how 'fancy' the equipment is. But basically, if the baby is in the optimal position you might get the baby 'snapshot' you see on tv/on the fridges of friends, and maybe if you're in a private scan place they focus on getting the photo that best looks like a baby, whereas I think if its a standard medical one they're focused on taking whatever measurements they need and snapping a random photo almost like proof it happened- a bit like if you got a group together, told them to pose and say choose, then took a few pictures to get the best shot vs holding up your phone, pointing it at people milling about and clicking.

I doubt its anything to worry about but I know its strange when your experience doesn't match up with what you expect.

ConnieCaterpillar Thu 22-Apr-21 12:45:05

Sorry the screen is reflecting and I've taken a close up shot so you cant see my name at top and hospital at bottom smile They have labelled the yolk sac which I presume is baby but it just looks a black blob to me [

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FelicityPike Thu 22-Apr-21 12:46:19

Are you sure you’re 12 weeks?
Should be much more than a yolk sac at that stage.

ConnieCaterpillar Thu 22-Apr-21 12:49:01

Oo there we go! Made a cup of tea in the time it took. Oh absolutely just pleased baby is healthy, I think I just expected something a little bit more pronounced maybe could just see a dot flicking smile

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idontlikealdi Thu 22-Apr-21 12:51:16

The dot flicking is the HB, it doesn't look like a 12 week scan, when are you calculating your dates from LMP or conception?

Did they confirm you are 12 weeks?

spittycup Thu 22-Apr-21 12:51:53

That photo is quite bad quality of you are 12w

Definitely get a private scan and get a better picture for yourself

PegPeople Thu 22-Apr-21 12:53:46

Its a very poor quality picture but the thing that would confuse me most is labeling the yolk sac at 12 weeks. confused Was this an NHS scan?

Mammaaof Thu 22-Apr-21 12:54:25

Are you definitely 12 weeks? Did the sonographer confirm how many weeks you were?

MySocalledLoaf Thu 22-Apr-21 12:55:20

I had a scan per week while expecting my second child (several high risk things but perfect outcome). The type of image varied hugely with the type of equipment. The doctor I visited most often had a real museum piece and the pictures were like yours.
The internet images might be from private scans or from other countries with better equipment as standard. Possibly people don’t share the blobby ones much.

ConnieCaterpillar Thu 22-Apr-21 12:56:22

Hi Felicity,

I think so, my last period was 23rd Jan and I'm pretty regular give or take 2 to 3 days. We have been given a date of Oct 29th. I was asked how big we both were at birth, and said I was full term at just under 6lbs and my partner was around 8 or 9lbs but I wasn't sure.

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Mammaaof Thu 22-Apr-21 12:56:29

Not sure why the yolk sack has been labeled if your 12 weeks

Isadora2007 Thu 22-Apr-21 12:57:07

Yanbu. I would actually want to call back and ask to speak to someone who can go over the other scans to clarify the dates etc.

PegPeople Thu 22-Apr-21 12:58:33


Hi Felicity,

I think so, my last period was 23rd Jan and I'm pretty regular give or take 2 to 3 days. We have been given a date of Oct 29th. I was asked how big we both were at birth, and said I was full term at just under 6lbs and my partner was around 8 or 9lbs but I wasn't sure.

Surely they told you an estimate of how many weeks at the appointment though?

Also the stuff about how big you and babies dad were at birth is really weird. I've never heard anyone asked that at a scan.

Thistimelastyear Thu 22-Apr-21 12:59:51

I would say it doesn't look like a 12 week scan at all. I had a scan at 10 weeks that looked like a baby and by my 12 week scan it was very clear. Based on previous scans yolk sac would be labelled pre 10 weeks.

Mammaaof Thu 22-Apr-21 13:00:44

Didn't they tell you at the scan how many weeks you were?? confused on the top of my scan photo it said exactly how many weeks I was (NHS scan)

PinkCookie11 Thu 22-Apr-21 13:01:26

When she measured did she say how many weeks?

Mammaaof Thu 22-Apr-21 13:01:29

At my 8 weeks scan my yolk sac was visible but when I went back at 12 weeks it was a full of baby you can't even see any part of a baby in that photo OP

pigglepot Thu 22-Apr-21 13:02:09

That's a very weird photo abs very weird experience. I think you need to urgently call your midwife as unless they photos they have sent you aren't showing the full picture I don't think that's what you would expect to see at 12 weeks. If you can't wait I would get a private scan urgently and tell them your dates.

MissingCoffeeandWine Thu 22-Apr-21 13:02:59

OP was this in the UK? Was it NHS or Private? It sounds like more like some of the early scans I had at 6/8 weeks - which would be more consistent with seeing a yolk sac labelled on a scan.

In the NHS the 12 week scan is usually the time that they will take NT measurements and you get your maternity notes. I've had a few and none have been less than 15 minutes. Do you have your notes - can you read the measurements on the scan report? Did they ask you to come back in a few weeks for a rescan?

I'm sorry your feeling confused. I would be confused (and likely a bit stressed) in your shoes too. You are right, the pics you have posted here do look very different from scans I've had at 12 weeks. Hope your ok as can be. Maybe worth phoning the hospital if you don't have notes or measurements?

TakeYourFinalPosition Thu 22-Apr-21 13:04:04

I’d call back, I think.

I’m no expert - currently pregnant with my first - but I think it’d be odd to label the yolk sack at 12 weeks, and you’d have thought more would be visible at 12 weeks... usually the yolk sack is only highlighted before 10 weeks, I think.

Plus there’s only just 27 weeks until 29th Oct, which would make you 13 weeks + some days.

It might just be poor equipment, but the question about you and your husbands birth weights is odd; and it’s strange that they didn’t date your pregnancy or show you much, and that they labelled the yolk sack, so I’d just want to make sure that they were dating you at 13 weeks and all was good.

Don’t stress though flowers You’ve seen a heartbeat, so the worst case is probably that you’re less pregnant than you think? Is that possible?

But like I said, I’m no expert, I’ve just done a lot of reading out of nerves and excitement!

TakeYourFinalPosition Thu 22-Apr-21 13:05:24

Didn't they tell you at the scan how many weeks you were?? confused on the top of my scan photo it said exactly how many weeks I was (NHS scan)

This is a good point - what’s written at the top of the scan? The dates are usually there (so 7 + 4 or whatever)

needadvice54321 Thu 22-Apr-21 13:06:29

I'd call back @ConnieCaterpillar , hope you get some answers x

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