A little scare + Big news

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I had a little scare earlier this week. The geneticist called to alert us that our risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome was higher than usual. I am not sure how they calculate the numbers, but I think it involves both maternal age and a blood test. She said my risk was 1 in 228, quite higher than the average risk for my age group, and suggested I have a special ultra-sound to perform something called a nuchal translucency screening.

After finding out I had finally hit our deductible, and that the test would only cost the co-pay, I decided to go for it. After all, what expectant mother can resist a tiny peek at her unborn baby? Normally, my only real ultrasound is at 18-20 weeks, but now I’d get two looks in there, plus I’d have time to prepare, if a less-than-ideal issue was present.

Fast forward to the screening – the equipment used by the perinatologist was so much more advanced than at my Doctor’s office. With Chloe, I saw static images that would switch periodically as a new scan was done. With this special screening, the look I got at the baby was like black and white video – I could see the tiny arms and legs pushing around in the amniotic fluid, and I was entranced! Seeing it like that really brought the reality of a baby in there to life, more than just my imagination and plain knowledge can. I really wish David had been there.

After the scan, a doctor looked at the results right away. My new numbers were infinitely better – 1 in 2116 for Down Syndrome, the same as an average risk for a 20 year old (although, not as good as when I had Chloe, where my risk was 1 in 12,000).

Of course, even though I knew it was too early, I couldn’t help but ask if the sonographer could see any gender evidence. She replied no, that it was way too early to tell. But then a few moments later, she asked if we were wanting to know and I said yes, definitely. Apparently she could see something, especially because the baby was in “perfect presentation,” and so we found out… we are having a boy!

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8 thoughts on “A little scare + Big news

  1. Oh, so scary. Glad you got the news you were hoping for. I had a scary delivery with Kip so I got rockin’ ultrasounds with the girls. Pretty amazing. And a boy! Very fun!

  2. congrats!! here’s to a healthy baby boy.

  3. Yay, a boy!!! How awesome. Congrats. Glad things are fine. You know, when I went in for the genetics screening, it didn’t even occur to me to ask if they could tell the gender. Oh well – guess I’ll wait the four weeks :)

  4. Every time I near an ultrasound I worry they will see something wrong… at the same time there is nothing more exciting! I am glad everything looks good! AND A BOY!!! Perfect one of each! SO happy for you and David!

    I had an ultrasound at 12 weeks, 20 weeks and looks like I get another sneak peek here soon… I have never had an ultrasound this late in a pregnancy I am kinda excited. It is to check the baby’s weight to see if I need a c-section?

  5. Whoa! & Yeah!

    Congrats — on both.

  6. Congrats to you! Just found your website and really like it. Looking forward to following along with you.

    Pix–
    Cheese Curds and Kimchi

  7. I am glad that all ended well. :)

    Nuchal translucency screening is almost a must for every pregnant woman above 35 years of age in Slovenia, and in most cases older pregnant women stay at home from work. I think it is well taken care of future moms here (every 4 weeks an ultrasound, additional tests, …). No wonder, as Slovenia has one of the lowest birth rates in the world…

  8. Emily,

    That is so exciting!

    -Charlotte

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