Someone, please share your experience- good or bad.
What test did you have done? I know the quad screen has an inappropriately high false positive rate... I don't know tons about this, but I will hope for you that's what's going on here.
First trimester screenings are notoriously affected by a number of variables, including exactness of conception date. This is a case where I'd actually advise you to google "neural tube defect test false positive" when you have time because the information out there is very reassuring. You're about the billionth mama to experience this, unfortunately!
Hang in there! It's gonna be okay!
My first tri test was normal so my OB ordered the nueral blood test. I don't think it tested for Downs or anything else. I'm 16w6d, but my OB says 17 something.
Well you're in the window for the quad screen timing-wise. It would be worth calling and asking what exact test was just run. If that's it, as a PP has said, the false + rate is huge. HUGE. There's no way I'd sit on this for a week. Did they schedule another u/s or just a perinatologist appointment? This just doesn't quite add up honestly. My bet is on a false +.
I think what usually happens at this point is that they offer you more conclusive tests to see if there really is a neural tube defect. These tests are a little more invasive, so they don't run them unless you get a positive on the screening.
I know how stressful this must be, I hope you can get some conclusive answers soon! Take care of yourself
I showed to have a high risk of Downs due to a nuchal fold screen and my "advanced" age. My DDs are both completely normal.
I can see what you would be freaked out, but remember MANY people have positive screening results and have perfectly healthy babies. With DD, I declined the testing because I had heard so many horror stories about false positives.
mama to DD (7), DS (3.5), and another DS arriving in August!
Second pregnancy I learned my lesson and declined the screening.
If you are really concerned, the level 2 ultrasound should answer your questions. But otherwise there are so many false positives...don't stress mama, your baby needs you calm and centered!
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Thank you again. I left work (I'm a fifth grade teacher) and am now trying to relax. I scheduled a massage for tomorrow morning and am trying to get in for a facial too- two things I never do. My m/w's advice to to schedule pleasant things to do in the next 24 hours.
You've been told you screened positive for neural tube defects, which means it was high, but unfortunately, without numbers, no one can tell you exactly what you chances of a false positive are, other than that it's definitely well above zero!
The ultrasound tomorrow should tell you more as ultrasound is the most reliable way to check for neural tube defects.
My fear is that I am the first p atient of my OB's to have a positive. If there are so many false positives, then why hasn't she had any (that's Debbie Downer talking!)?
Good for you for scheduling pampering time. Enjoy it!
Although I did the triple screen, my results came in for each test separately, perhaps b/c they got an abnormal result on one they faxed it to my dr's office right away? Not sure and I never did ask...
Having the detailed u/s was a huge relief, and I know yours will be tomorrow too!
"When I'm sad, I stop being sad and be AWESOME instead."
You'll be in lots of people's thoughts and prayers as you find out more. You'll soon be able to add yourself to the ranks of mamas who were frightened unnecessarily.
Seriously, your chances are SO SLIM. Go buy a lottery ticket, your chances are probably better there! :
Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel & Delaney 5/12/08 & Beethoven & Gizmo
I know it is hard to do, but really try not to worry too much.
Lots of good and peaceful thoughts for you!