Anxiety leading up to the 12 week ultrasound!?!

Pregnancy Update: I have been feeling anxious for my first (12 week) ultrasound. There is a significant amount of pressure for pregnant women to have healthy pregnancies and babies.

This pressure comes is both self-inflicted and from society where women are given many do’s and don’ts during pregnancy.

My fears involve whether I am lifting or exercising too much, resting enough, or eating/drinking the wrong thing or getting enough of the right things. These fears can be paralyzing for the result could be low birth weight, birth defects, malnourishment, and miscarriage.

Over the last month, at least, I have been fairly inactive in part because I am exhausted, but also          via Giphy   

because I am afraid that if I do too much I could harm the fetus. It is clear that I have some knowledge to gain about proper nutrition and exercise during pregnancy. If you have been pregnant or have been the cook for someone who is pregnant, what tools did you use to ensure a nutritious diet and exercise plan? If you have any thoughts or resources on how to exercise and eat well while pregnant please share and stay tuned to future blogs where I will explore these ideas!   

So, I am excited for the next trimester and am anxious for the results of the first ultrasound and hope to learn whether the fetus is healthy. In order to prepare for the ultrasound I evaluated my level of knowledge about ultrasounds by taking a quiz. Find out what you know about ultrasounds by taking the quiz at

Development: between week 11 and 13 the fetus’ body is straightening out; hair follicles, finger and toe nail beds form; they no longer have webbed hands; ovaries are developing if it is a girl; the intestines develop inside the umbilical cord; and there is vocal cord development. (Source: What to Expect When You Are Expecting, 5th Edn.)

Symptoms: fatigue, headaches, constipation, bloating, and some nausea, but less than the previous weeks.

On October 6th I went for the first ultrasound and learned that based on the size and length of the fetus, it is 12 weeks and 2 days along in its development. It’s heart beats 161 times per minute and it is 5.6 cm long.

During the ultrasound we did a nuchal translucency screening in order to determine whether the fetus has any early signs of Down Syndrome or other health concerns.

I feel very lucky to be able to report that there were no concerns with the screening and so far the fetus is healthy! In order to celebrate I thought I would share a pretty funny video that my classmate, and supermom, Coralee Czinkota mentionted to me in a blog comment. Enjoy!


8 thoughts on “Anxiety leading up to the 12 week ultrasound!?!

  1. I am glad to hear that everything went great! It can be such a nervous time! I remember feeling that way with both of my children as well! The first pregnancy and being a first time Mom can be so overwhelming. Mainly because of all of the advice everyone tries to give you! My suggestion is to take what others say with a grain of salt. At the end of the day, it is your pregnancy and your baby so you will find your way of doing what works for you! I love reading about this! Thanks for sharing!!


    1. Thanks Channing – happy to hear you are enjoying my blog! I appreciate your tip and will definitely take suggestions from both online sources and other people with a grain of salt.


  2. Awesome baby news! Thanks for sharing your baby’s first picture. I love the wave. I am glad you found the movie clip amusing. 🙂

    You will definitely receive a fair share of well meaning advice. I agree with Channing any advice you receive feel free to take what works for you and leave what doesn’t. Your experience is yours and anyone else’s value judgement is just that… theirs. 😉

    On that note, if you are looking for a resource for nutrition you may want to check out What to Expect Eating Well When You Are Expecting. Also, the YMCA downtown has prenatal Acquasize two days a week. I found it to be a gentle way to exercise, especially when I was in my third trimester.

    Good luck and keep us posted!


  3. Congrats! What an exciting time. 🙂 I don’t have kids and have never been pregnant but don’t be too hard on yourself – you are going to do everything in your power to have a happy, healthy pregnancy. Congrats again.


  4. So sweet, friend! Love seeing that first image. Hope you start to feel better after those first 12 weeks! I remember feeling a big turn around after 12 weeks and it was quite a relief!


  5. Congratulations on your baby! Isn’t it wonderful that in a class such as this we are able to take the time to investigate and learn about something important for each of us? Pregnancy is so exciting, and so full of emotions- this assignment will be such an amazing journal for you to share with your baby when its older.



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