22 Weeks {Pregnancy}

KB and I went to the Fetal Assessment Centre in Claremont for an anomaly scan this morning. As far as being pregnant goes, it was another overwhelming, surreal and incredible experience!

Also, can we take a moment to acknowledge how beautiful that little profile is? I know she’s mine, but seriously, that’s one good looking baby!

The anomaly scan

The scan took roughly an hour, though it can take up to 3 or 4 hours, depending on whether or not baby cooperates or if any anomalies are found. The doctor measured every little thing, I mean literally every.little.thing. It was absolutely amazing to see! The doctor was also thorough in explaining everything as she went along.

The scanning equipment is so advanced that we could see things like the valves in the heart chambers and the valves of the aorta opening and closing as her heart was beating. We could also see the direction of blood flowing to and from her heart (indicated by blue and red on the scan), as well as how well the blood was flowing to and from the placenta.

Her little face is perfect

The highlight of the scan was seeing her face! It wasn’t a 3D scan, but the scan was pretty clear and we got a good idea of her features. She looks beautiful – those little lips…Insert a bajillion hear emojis!

The doctor explained that by measuring the length of her nasal bones, among other markers, she could quite confidently rule out Down Syndrome. She confirmed that, according to our little girl’s measurements, she is healthy and developing right on schedule with no complications or abnormalities visible. I won’t lie, I had a tearful moment of gratitude when I heard the doctor say that everything looks great. I am so relieved, so excited and so happy!

If you’re new around here you can read about our fertility journey with Dr Thabo Matsaseng at Tygerberg Fertility Clinic here and my pregnancy-related posts here.




  1. Adorable! Glad she is perfect….so happy for you and K! Can’t wait to meet her! Mx

  2. Hi there,

    We are currently going through fertility treatment at Panorama Hospital with Dr Slabbert. Does Tygerberg also offer IUI (Artificial Insemination)? Or do they just do IVF?

    Congrats on your pregnancy! You are blessed!

    Regards, Adene

    • Hi Adene – Thank you for the well wishes 🙂 Gosh, I’m not sure whether they offer IUI, I am only aware of the IVF treatment they offer. However, I’m sure they would answer any questions you have regarding treatment directly. You can email them at tygerbergfc at gmail dot com.

      Wishing you everything of the best in your current treatment! x

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