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Photogenic - Elizabeth Unexplained
Lots of data but no answers
The big ultrasound to screen for Downs and other major problems with this morning.

I will not bore you with the whole transportation saga, save to mention just so I'll have a record of if for myself, that getting both to and from the special ultrasound place in Brookline was much more of a hassle than it should have been, even taking the moderately heavy snow into consideration.

The big news from the scan itself so far is that the fetus is still alive. I haven't had the urge to throw up since the weekend, and that had me thinking Dead Baby Thoughts. I really did mean it when I stated that the puking was reassuring. Of course I know that morning sickness often disappears towards the end of the first trimester, but being on the wrong end of the odds so many times over the past 3.5 years means that I no longer expect that the good and likely answer is the correct one.

The fetus was moving and everything looked pretty good. The doctor doing the scan described the fetus as "photogenic", further proof that it takes after my sister. It measured 65mm. The computer estimated it's age at 12 weeks 6 days. Given that I am actually 13 weeks 1 day, I'd say that was pretty good, probably well within the error bars on such a measurement. The fetus was moving around and at one point arched it's back. We'll have to wait for the actual results before we draw any firm conclusions, but at least we know that not only is it still alive, but it seems to have all the major pieces of anatomy that you would expect. It's too early to determine gender via ultrasound, but you can't have everything.
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enugent From: enugent Date: December 21st, 2007 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Did they give you the preliminary odds of Down Syndrome? The nuchal fold thickness? For a 65mm crown-rump length, anything 2.5mm or smaller is in the normal range. Did they see a nasal bone? If it's there, the risk of trisomy-18 goes way down.

Did they give you a picture to put on the fridge?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 21st, 2007 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
There was a nasal bone, and we do have pictures. They did not give us the preliminary results, though.
enugent From: enugent Date: December 21st, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It might be just as well not to get the preliminary results. Ours were about 1/1000 chance of Down Syndrome just based on the NT measurement. Once they added in the blood tests, the "final" result a week later was 1/250. I probably wouldn't have blinked if that was the only number they had given me, but it seems so much worse than 1/1000 that it caused me some angst worrying about it for a day or two, before I came to my senses and realized that 1/250 is still a very small number.
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