Post # 1
I’m just wondering if anyone out there had a nuchal translucency test done at their 12 week ultrasound, and if they had abnormal results?
I’m 31, and almost 13 weeks pregnant with my first. We went for the ultrasound, and the joy of hearing the heartbeat and seeing the baby was somewhat dampened because they told us there was 2.8-3.2 mm of fluid in the neck region. They said normally it’s 1-2.5 mm or so, and the cutoff for Downs or other abnormalities is about 3mm, which was our avergae. I know this didn’t mean the baby has something wrong just that the odds go up. I’m so nervous. We did some blood tests, and depending on those we might do an amnio.
Anyone else have a similar experience? I’m so worried, and I won’t know all of the test results for about 3 weeks, and even then it will just be a risk, not an answer. So much worrying!
Post # 3
Your best bet is to have a CVS or amnio done. It will give you the definitive answer you’re looking for. Otherwise, pretty much your entire pregnancy the doctors throw around “Downs Syndrome” or “risk” at you just because of your age. I think they get a perverse pleasure in watching you squirm about it. Frankly, even if there are positive indicators, that STILL doesn’t mean a chromosomal abnormality. And even some babies who tested positive for chromosomal abnormalities through amnio and CVS are born without any abnormalities at all. So try to put your worry away. My SIL’s doc has been doing this to her, telling her at every chance how there is a risk for Down’s blah blah blah. Now she’s at 36 weeks and suddenly it’s “Oh he’s completely healthy!” If it will help you worry less, I’d say do the tests. If you’ll worry regardless, then just ride it out.
Post # 4
There are many false positives with this sort of thing. I will pray that yours is one of them. I hope that everything will turn out for the best, whatever the outcome is.
Post # 5
Thanks, ladies. I think you’re right, that it hopefully will be nothing. It’s so hard not to worry.
My doctor actually said that 31 was still young, and they’d be more worried if I were closer to 40. 🙂 I’m going to undergo the additional blood work, and then see if based on that I might want to do the amnio. Hopefully it’s all for not and the little Bean is fine. I do worry about the risks of amnio, I heard it can cause miscarriage?
Post # 6
Right here. My actual test results came back abnormal.
The chances for a woman my age were 1 in 147 chance of having a child with Downs Syndrome.
My PERSONAL chances 1 in 102.
I was gobsmacked. They gave me a referral for an amnio if I so chose to have one. I kept putting off dealing with it (coward) I was seriously freaking out.
I heard all the stories about false positives and that larger babies often have a larger fold….and ect ect. Didnt matter I was freaking out.
Until, my very wise perinatalogist said to me. “Listen, you need to ask yourself what you’ll do with the results, realizing that there still wont be a definitive answer.”
Meaning to be totally blunt. Would I terminate on even a 1 in 2 chance
I decided that my pregnancy had already been damn hard enough and that at some point I needed to have a little faith that I could only control so much. And that no matter what IT WILL BE OK.
And it was.
I can say this much, I’ve talked to several women who either had big babies or like me their little angel had a big ol’ melon, and they also had abnormal Nuchal Translucency results.
I will keep my eyes and fingers crossed for you 🙂
Post # 7
I skipped that screening entirely because it’s really inaccurate. Just because your odds are increased doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your baby.
I didn’t want to worry myself, so I skipped the Nuchal cord stuff and just waited to do the quad screening a few weeks later.
However, now that you’re worried, you can wait and see what the quad screen says (I think that ones done around 17 weeks). But the only difinitive answer will be an amnio.
You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.
Post # 8
Also raising hand. Our risk elevated from 1;75 (based on age) to 1:24… Though that seems really really high, it’s still only a 6% chance of something being wrong. (Risk is really hard to interpret.)
Because in the line of work I do I have taken care of kids with many horrible, life incompatible anomolies, I definitely wanted to know what we were getting into. We went ahead with CVS and found that we are having a chromosomally normal girl. My mind has been set at ease, even though there are still a million and one possible other issues… We’ve been able to kick back and enjoy the pregnancy.
If our daughter had been DS we would have loved her just as much, but I wanted to be prepared for all eventualities!
I loved CVS!
PS the most recent studies on CVS and amnio suggest that miscarriage rate might not be elevated above baseline, but rather that higher risk pregnancies are referred for these procedures thus the elevated miscarriage rate!