Bump watch: 22 weeks and a Babybond scan

bump watch, 22 weeks

22 weeks 🙂 I feel like this pregnancy is flying by, and I am surprised how well I have been feeling so far (touch wood!)

I think my bump has grown this week. It feels a bit higher, a bit rounder and a bit harder. Movements have increased too, and I am aware of them throughout the day now, but especially in the early evening. 

This weekend we went for a Babybond pregnancy scan. I didn’t really know what to expect – the only scans I have had with the others are the standard NHS scans. On arrival at Babybond we were checked in and offered tea and coffee, before being shown through to a gorgeous scan room. There is the stretcher type bed for mum to be to lie on, as well as 5 comfortable chairs for guests. At the end of the bed there is a large screen so you can see the scan without any turning around, and the whole room is dimly lit, comfortable and quiet. 

We started with the 2D view that you will be familiar with from NHS scans. Babybond offer you a wellbeing check list – you can listen to the heartbeat, see the position of baby and reassure yourself that everything is well. You have the option to find out your baby’s gender at this stage – this is offered from 16 weeks. Our baby was very wriggly, and we saw some lovely images of the feet, the hands and the arms and legs stretching out.

Babybond pregnancy scan

Babybond pregnancy scan

Babybond pregnancy scan

I personally thought the 2D images were much clearer than my 20 week scan photos, and you feel much less rushed. You are allocated a 20 minute appointment so there is time for everything to be pointed out to you, as well as the chance to get lots of pictures to take home! 

The huge draw with this scan is the option to have a 4D freeview. This means you get a small sneak peek at your baby in live 4D (providing they co-operate of course) and this is just incredible. Truly incredible. The detail you can see, even at 21 weeks, was astounding. You can count the fingers and toes, you can see the little nose and eyes and cord. There is nothing like it.

Babybond pregnancy scan

Babybond pregnancy scan

Once the scan is complete, you are given your well being checklist and pictures in a pink, blue or white Babybond bag, depending on whether you chose to find out the gender of your baby or not, which I think is a lovely little touch. You can choose to buy extras after your scan, such as a disc of images, or a keyring with your favourite picture on. 

We were so impressed with the service, the experience and the scan itself that we have booked a full 4D scan at 28 weeks. It will be so exciting to see just how much our little one has grown, and get another glimpse at the life growing inside me. If you get the chance to have a Babybond pregnancy scan, I would highly recommend it – it’s an experience you will never, ever forget.

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40 Comments

  1. February 24, 2015 / 10:11 am

    This looks amazing. My sister-in-law had one as standard at her hospital but not at mine – would have loved one #triedtested

  2. February 24, 2015 / 10:11 am

    we had a 4D scan, Mini M would not cooperate, we had to go for 2 walks to try and move him. It was amazing to see him and watch him but we didn’t get to see much of his face due to him hiding which I was disappointed about. The staff were amazing though and did everything they could to try get him to move xx
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  3. February 24, 2015 / 11:27 am

    That looks so amazing, I never got a chance to get a 4D scan but my last two babes had to be scanned multiple times due to growth issues so we were lucky to get lots of extra peeks. I still find it fascinating how developed they actually are! xx
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  4. February 24, 2015 / 11:41 am

    These are beautiful! I would have loved a 3d scan with all of mine but couldn’t afford it – and now we are having no more kids 🙁 #triedtested

  5. February 24, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    Mummy didn’t want a 4D scan with me, and doesn’t regret not having one. It’s a personal choice I guess. Your photos are lovely x
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  6. February 24, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    How exciting these are amazing!
    Durning my pregnancy with Little Miss Vista I had a sizing scan ever 4 weeks due to gestational diabeties. They were nowhere near this clear even at 32 weeks!

  7. February 24, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    What a great experience for you guys. Precious memories.

  8. February 24, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    There’s so much more detail on the 2D ones compared with the hospital ones I remember having (must dig those out from wherever they are!). I never fancied 4D scans, but it seems like a good package.
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  9. February 24, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous and so precious. We also had 3D and 4D scans and it really is amazing when you see your little one inside your bump! Oh I hope you do have another one and enjoy the excitement of getting to meet your little one again on screen!
    Lovely review
    #Tried&Tested
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  10. February 24, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    aaaw how cute, when we went for a private scan i wanted 2d only at first, but then sonographer offered a surprise 4d preview- it was lovely to see how baby will look like
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  11. February 25, 2015 / 1:28 am

    We didn’t have a 4D scan because friends said they’d had one and it had been a waste of money, but I think your pictures look quite clear. I think it will be interesting to see if the baby still looks the same when it’s born! x
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  12. February 25, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    Oh how beautiful. I’ve never had a 4d scan myself but I can see why people do. How amazing to be able to see baby in so much detail! x x x
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