So what began as a great day at the Dr. ended stressful!
My partner and I opted not to have the genetic testing done because of the chance of false positives and I didn't want to be stressed out over nothing. Then came the ultrasound. At first everything looked great- the baby's size, heart rate, heart, bone length, bowels, you name it. Then the radiologist came in and said that the nuchal fold was thick 5.5mm and that we were at an increased risk for a baby with Down's Syndrome.
She said that anything under 6mm was considered normal, but for some reason kept insisting we were "high risk." She also kept repeating that because we hadn't done any of the previous tests, she had no other way to determine risk. My partner and I really felt like she was trying to punish us for not opting in for tests.
Many forums I have read people claim that you can't test after 13 weeks, but that is for the nuchal translucency test. This is the nuchal fold and it is different. I have also heard that the nuchal fold can change depending on your baby's position. It seemed the head was in a good position because they kept commenting on it, but I can't be sure. I have to go back to get another one because the baby's spine wasn't in a good position.
I have 21 weeks, so too far to have the genetic tests and an amnio has a higher risk of miscarriage than the risk of DS. There is a new test called the cell-free test that can look at the DNA of the baby and with (supposedly) 99% accuracy assess risk of DS. The cell-free test is done from a blood sample of the mother.
So scared and don't know what to do! Anyone have a similar experience or have additional knowledge. I feel like I should go with the test because this stress of not knowing is terrible- exactly the reason I didn't chose to do the prenatal testing.