An advanced midwife (in the UK where we live) convinced me to get the NT scan. We had a meeting with her to find out what it was and she showed me a sample of test results which was low risk.
I asked her, will my risk be automatically high because of my age? (I am 44) and she said, no. That if we just calculate your age it would be, but if your NT measurements and bloods come back good then it can lower the risk.
So I went ahead with the NT scan. The baby dated at 13 weeks as it should so s/he is the right size for it's age and the NT measurement was 1.8
From looking up on the web i see that "A study sponsored by the National Institute for Child Health and Development determined that “The mean NT for the normal fetuses was 1.5 mm.” Average thicknesses at 12-13 weeks of gestation were 1.7 mm in the 50th percentile and 2.8 mm in the 95th percentile."
I said to the sonographer, who was same midwife who I had the meeting with- "oh, 1.8 is in the normal range correct?" and she responded, "Yes, but your age will change that" So she contradicted what she told me in the meeting.
I wish I never agreed to this test. I don't want to do amnio as it will be crazy to put the baby at risk. I hear so many people being told that they are having a DS child and they turn out to be healthy baby.
My scan showed a baby with very long limbs so I doubt that they would have DS anyway. Being 44, I couldn't bare aborting.
I hate all the medical intrusion before there is a problem. Now I am stressing about the fact that I might get a call this week saying I am high risk. I feel in my hear that everything is fine. Just based on my age, no matter what my blood results say, I'm sure they are going to put me at high risk.
Anyone else get a NT scan? I have heard of people getting measurements of 4.5 and even larger and having a normal baby! These tests drive me bonkers!