So, I had my anatomy scan today. I do tend to lean towards minimal intervention but because of health problems and the need for medication during my pregnancy, I did agree to to US. Anyway, they saw an echogenic focus in the heart, which is a "soft marker" for chromosomal abnormality, specifically Downs Syndrome. It is a calcification, I guess. Apparently, it is not an abnormality in and of itself. Some websites are saying it doesn't even signify increased risk with someone like me, who has no risk factors or other markers. Others are saying that in the presence of this, the risk of Downs is increased to 1%.
I was pretty comfortable declining further screening. I wouldn't consider terminating. They offered me another scan with a perinatologist. DP wants me to get it, he feels it can only be helpful to know in advance if this baby does have Downs Syndrome. DP's reaction actually has me feeling fragile and more unsure about all this. My first thought is that I do believe the baby is healthy. You know, I was more nervous because the US tech made a comment that the baby hadn't changed positions the whole time she was scanning. I also have only felt isolated movement even though I am around 19 weeks. DD she was spinning around like pinwheel during the US. I am wondering if this kiddo is lethargic for some reason.
So... anyone else been through this? I can see how the US can cause needless worry as the result in this case doesn't change anything and the likelihood of Downs Syndrome remains quite small. I didn't even tell my mother because she is worrier, and I'm not sure that is warranted here. Am I minimizing the significance of this?
Oh, and....... It's a girl!!! I know DP actually wanted a girl. I was on the fence this time (last time it had to be a girl, so I was a lot more excited about learning the gender). I will be able to reuse all my favorite little outfits. Also, I think it is easier to name a girl.
TIA for any comments.