Yesterday was our Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound. We weren’t offered this test the first time around, and they explained that this test was newer and because I will be greater than 35 when I deliver, I am at an increased risk for having a child with Down Syndrome.
The test is put under the big header of the AFP test, but it is really 4 tests and they called it a Quad Screening. It involves 2 blood draws at different stages in the pregnancy, and an Ultrasound. Then they combine all of the results together to give you the odds of having a baby with a life threatening disease. The test is a screening test, but if the odds are high enough, you can opt for an Amnio to make a firm determination.
The US was exciting for me, even though they were looking for something serious. The baby wasn’t cooperating and it took them a LONG time to measure the nuchal fold. But, that gave me more time to gaze at my baby on the screen. The babe was moving around a ton, turning and moving its arms and legs. It was very exciting to see.
I tried to talk the technician into telling me the sex, but she said she couldn’t tell…and she said she doesn’t like to be wrong. So, we will wait another 6 or 8 weeks until we can find out.
The baby is measuring exactly on schedule. All tests were negative so far (CF, Tay-Sachs, etc.), and our odds were so slim that the perinatolgist said not to worry at all.
Our next appointment isn’t for a few weeks, so I can relax and enjoying my growing belly for a bit.