NT (nuchal translucency) scan
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|Fri, 02-08-2013 - 1:19am|
I had this done last Thursday, baby was a wiggly floppy ball of energy that wanted to stay on his/her tummy apparently so we had to try and flip little bean around to be able to get the measurements. Did all the bloodwork at the office and everything..
Few days later we get a call and apparently its showing an increased risk for Downs (not really news anyone wants to hear). I guess for my age (31, 32 when this one is due) normal is 1/500-something and mine came back as 1/285. So of course we go through the initial moment of panic that "oh, crap, something might be wrong/not normal." After letting the news sink in and going back over it we realize that 1/285 means that my risk is .3% for having a child with Downs. Less than 1%! Why do they make this sound like .3% is such a huge risk? I've heard and read from some others that this does have a fairly high rate of false positives so we are taking that into account too.
Dr's are still recommending a genetic consult and level II ultrasound, which I'll gladly take them up on seeing baby again and talking to someone who can go over any other possible risks. I'd rather be prepared for something, even if it ends up being a minor issue in the long run.
I had kinda prepped myself about the possibility of seeing a perinatologist about my history of preterm ruptured membranes, wasn't expected to be scheduled with them regarding anything genetic!