Spring/Summer 2012 Baby Bumps!

Saw a High Risk Specialist today...

and it went great! :)
Since I am 36, have a cousin with Down Syndrome and did an IUI I had some risk factors that required a visit with a Maternal Fetal Specialist.
They did an ultrasound to measure the thickness of the neck/fluid and to look for the nasal bone. It was the first u/s I had that was not trans-vaginal. What a relief! Baby wasn't cooperating at first so she had to kind of poke my stomach a bit to get it to move to the right position.
Met with the specialist right after and he said the fluid should measure at less than 3mm and ours was 1.01mm. Well below the acceptable high-end! Also the nasal bone was clearly visible which is good.
Those things combined changed my risk level. It went from 1 in 218 for Downs to 1 in 881 and from 1 in 393 for Trisonomy (far worse diseases than Downs) to 1 in 7,841 both of which are within the normal range for a "standard" pregnancy.
I am so, so relieved. I just have to wait for the results on the 8 tubes of blood they took last week and that determines if I can continue with a regular OB or whether I stick with the Specialist a bit longer.
I have one more appt in 2 weeks with the mid-wife and the specialist wants me to make an anatomy scan appt in Nashville for week 18 which is Thanksgiving week. Can't wait to find out out if we're having a girl or boy!

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 8:48 am
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Yikes to all the testing! It always makes me nervous even if I feel like nothing is going to be wrong. Happy to hear that everything is looking good. :)


I'm not sure how I feel about all the tests. I know dr will be bringing this up at the next appt. We would never choose to terminate the pregnancy no matter what is wrong. The only difference I suppose would be being prepared? Luckily, I don't have alot of risk factors, but you never know. I have a cousin who is severely retarded, but it was an isolated chromosomal disorder carried by only my aunt. Well, also the son she passed it on to as a carrier. :(

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 9:04 am
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That's great news!! And Thanksgiving week is right around the corner!! Those tests sound scary, though...how long did you have to wait for the results??


Ditto, Julie. We won't terminate either but I'm still unsure of what we'll do, as far as tests go. I think the only reason I'd do them is to be prepared. Dh's cousin has Downs but I think it was isolated, too.


 

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Posted on October 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm
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The idea of the tests is definitely scary but at the same time the experience was cool. It was the longest look at the baby that I've had so far. They mess around with the machine until baby turns the way it needs to and in the meantime you get to hear the heartbeat and see it wiggling around and waving and stuff which was sooooo cool. :)


I will review my blood test results from last week at my appt at the end of the month.
The u/s was enough. I did that in one room and then they took me to another room to go over the results with the specialist. It was a relief not to have to wait.
For trisonomy they only look at the neck fluid. For Down Syndrome it is a combination of the fluid and the nasal bone.
The nuchal scan just tests for your risk factor without being invasive. If you fall out of the normal range then you are given the option to do more testing with either a CVS or Amniocentisis which are definitive but they have a slight miscarriage risk. The scan can be wrong either way though like most tests. I just talked to a friend today that got a 4.3mm on her scan and when further testing was done she was just fine.
Pregnancy is turning out to be quite the roller coaster ride....

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 6:03 am
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They've just made everything so darn complicated now. Our moms didn't have to have all this extra worry. Most of the time nothing is going to be wrong. I've also heard some stories where people were told there would be some big problem, and then baby is born totally ok. I'm sure that as the parent you're happy for the good news, but what if someone chose to terminate based on a wrong diagnosis? I find that terrifying.


This is why I generally avoid drs when possible. It seems like if you look hard enough for something to be wrong, you'll find it. I know that it's going to be wrong if they find it or not, but I prefer to be in the dark about health issues. lol I think I've just had to many bad experiences with family and friends.


Anyway, I end my rant. I hope you get nothing but great news on the rest of your testing! :)

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 7:55 am

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