The First Ultrasound: Bonding with Baby
When you first see your unborn child on an ultrasound, your world will completely change. What was once this theoretical being allegedly growing inside the body of the woman you love is now more real than ever before. You can see your baby-to-be's head, arms, and legs. You can see whether your little one is moving or not, and you can even begin to imagine the personality he or she might display after birth.
This is how many men often begin to really bond with their babies. Learning you are about to become a dad can definitely be incredible, but being able to see your baby for the first time—having that image in your head every time you think about your new baby—truly brings something special to your fledgling relationship.
If you can, try to attend each ultrasound in addition to the milestone doctor visits. Most facilities will have no problem with you being in the room with your partner. If a technician or doctor does express a problem, don't hesitate to insist on attending. Both your baby and your partner need you there, and seeing your little one for the very first time is a remarkable event. Many men remark that it is the best part of pregnancy!
While some technicians won't offer you a picture from the ultrasound visit, it doesn't hurt to ask for one. Being able to walk home with an ultrasound image of your growing baby-to-be can be a big boost in building that new special relationship with your child.