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Further Than Last Time - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
greyautumnrain
Further Than Last Time
I had my second ultrasound today, the one that corresponded to the one where we got bad new last summer. Today the news was good. The embryo is measuring at 8 weeks and has a heartbeat that clocked in at 173, much healthier than 47. I have a due date of August 31st.

The next step is to check in with my regular OB, and probably have an appointment there in another two weeks. The next big hurdle is likely to be the amnio that I plan to insist on having so we can rule out any genetic defects. I won't be able to have one of those for another 8 weeks, which is a long time to wait given my current level of concern.
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astra_nomer From: astra_nomer Date: January 19th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear the good news! I've got my fingers crossed for you!
enugent From: enugent Date: January 19th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to hear that the news is good - I've been thinking about you all day!

Is CVS a viable alternative, instead of waiting for an amnio? Or is it less accurate?
psychohist From: psychohist Date: January 20th, 2012 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
CVS appears to have higher miscarriage rates, as well as possibly increasing the risk of limb malformations, both probabilities being in the same range as that of aneuploidy. We're leaning toward amnio for that reason, even though we have to wait longer for it.

However, looking into this caused me to find a new recent test that might give us at least some results in the 10 week range rather than having to wait another month or two for amnio. It's being marketed as MaterniT21:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/10/18/safer-down-syndrome-test-to-hit-market-monday/
http://www.sequenomcmm.com/home/health-care-professionals/trisomy-21/about-the-test/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22005709

It's a maternal blood test, which should have little risk to the fetus, and it seems pretty reliable for trisomy 21 and perhaps 18 and 13 as well. It doesn't presently detect other aneuploidy, though.
enugent From: enugent Date: January 20th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I hope that something works out! I hate to think of you guys having to sit and wait for so long. I really hope this is the baby you've been wanting.
baronet From: baronet Date: January 19th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fingers Crossed for you. Good Luck.
readsalot From: readsalot Date: January 19th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good news, and add me to the list of people who are hoping for the best.
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