Nuchal Translucency Screening

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.  
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3 thoughts on “Nuchal Translucency Screening

  1. Congratulations!! I had that test with both my kids and was able to decline the amnio in both cases when the nuchal results came back with good numbers.

    Sorry they couldn’t get a good look between the legs. I’m sure you’ll get a level 2 u/s at 20 weeks and get another good look at the baby.

    I am glad everything is looking good for you!!

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