(Closed) Echogenic Bowel in 2nd Trimester Ultrasound – anyone else?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
11693 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

krstino1012:  as you mentioned, it’s a SOFT marker for issues and it could be absolutely nothing!  I would try as hard as you can to not think about it – I know so many people who’ve gotten stressed over soft markers for things to end up with perfectly healthy babies.


Post # 3
623 posts
Busy bee

Yes this exact thing happened to me! We went in at the 20 week ultrasound, everything else looked great (no other markers, 90th percentile for growth) but he had echogenic bowel. I had opted out of doing any screening in the first trimester, so they recommended I get a cystic fibrosis carrier screening test done, and the Harmony test for chromosomal abnormalities. (The Harmony test is hella expensive, like $800 and I’m still waiting to see how it shakes out with my insurance, but when you’re freaked out about your baby, finances kind of go out the window.) They scheduled another ultrasound in 4 weeks, and told me the test results would take about 2 weeks. I cried a ton during that time, googled everything about EB and soft markers and generally was a miserable wreck.

Finally 10 business days later (so, 2 weeks in real time) I got my test results back and they were all normal (no CF, very low risk of chromosomal abnormalities). Two weeks after that, at my 24 week ultrasound, they said the EB was gone and the bowel looked normal! Obviously I was incredibly relieved, but also a little mad. In a way, ultrasound technology has outpaced medical advances. We can see all these “soft markers” on ultrasounds, but we don’t know definitively what they mean or if they mean anything at all, or if there is anything we should do about them. There is also variation in ultrasound technique, practitioner experience, and so on.

Did you do any screening tests before this US (or did they have you do any after finding the EB)? Did they find any other soft markers? How long till your next appt? I know exactly how you’re feeling right now, and it’s okay to be freaked out and miserable. I know it is impossible to relax, but it helped me to remind myself that there was absolutely nothing I could do to change the outcome. Most babies with EB are completely normal (75-90% have no problems whatsoever upon delivery) and it is just an idiopathic finding. All you can do right now is to keep on giving your baby the best environment possible to grow and thrive. It was really hard for me to step away from google, but honestly I never felt better after going down the google rabbit hole….so try to avoid that as much as possible.

Good luck! Feel free to PM me.

Post # 5
325 posts
Helper bee

My son had that and PA of the heart.  He ended up being 3 months early,  but my son DID HAVE  a double bubble bowel obstruction that had to be resolved surgically at birth.  My son was also tested for cf (negative,)  and didn’t  have downs.  The thing that ticked me off was the my neonatologist told me that he would be so profoundly handicapped  that we shouldn’t even name him and should make him a ward of the court.  

Michael was tiny and he is still shorter than average,  but he graduated college with 8 semesters on the Dean’s list.  His only health issues are that he is slightly more prone to get digestive issues and respiratory illnesses than his siblings.  He also has very low body fat % (like that’s bad… Lol). 

Most likely everything will come out fine! 


  • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by  wifetobee63.
Post # 6
85 posts
Worker bee

My son had the echogenic bowel at 18 weeks, as well as a brain abnormality (“brain coils”?). He does have Downs. I would most likely expect more than 1 marker if your baby were to truly have some overall condition. Hope you get some answers to ease your mind soon!

Post # 9
623 posts
Busy bee


krstino1012:  Yay great update! I’m so glad your baby boy is healthy!

Post # 10
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I know this is easier said than done, but please try your best not to worry. With my firstborn, the doctor discovered an echogenic bowel and suspected cystic fibrosis. The doctor had wanted to perform an amniocentesis which I refused. I was a teen mom at the time and completely terrified of needles. I just decided to put it in the back of my head and tried my best not to think about it. After my son was born, we all had genetic testing done and everything turned out fine! He is a very healthy, but moody 13 year old! Best of luck to you!


Edited to add: just read your update! That’s great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  mazzybee.

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