September 11th, 2007
We've all been excited since my daughter announced that she was pregnant: after all, she did everything right - got her degree, found her prince, got married, got a house, found a half-day job and got pregnant - all in the right order, thus guaranteeing our approval. Today she breezed in, full of excitement, waving the latest photos of her scan. At 12 weeks, we are all awed to see the large head, limbs and tiny fingers and also, she points out, the nose bone. This is a new one on me - apparently, with improved technology, once the nose bone can be detected it shows that the foetus is normal - not Downs Syndrome. And my daughter is only 25! I can’t believe they worry about all these extra things so early these days. It must be most worrying to be pregnant with the all information available now. She also shows us an ‘upside-down’ picture. This, she explains, means that ‘he’ is already moving around a lot. In fact, she adds (almost bursting with pride) - the gynae says this is a very advanced 12-week foetus! Or - say I to myself - perhaps just a 13-week one? I don't really like these 3-D images myself: I find them a bit unnerving somehow. (Just showing my age).