I had the level 2 u/s after we finished our discussions. The u/s tech was very nice and she called the baby a "model" baby for all her measuring and such. I couldn't believe how cute the baby was. We saw it trying to suck it's thumb and opening and closing it's mouth. It also was putting it's hand on it's face and head. They did a million measurements and I was very nervous. In the end everything came back as normal.
At this point I didn't want the amnio but they can only see something 50% of the time on an u/s for Downs. The logical side of me said to just walk away from the test but the worry-wart side of me knew I'd be wondering and wondering how to prepare for a special needs baby. I also have the stress that we are moving across country and I'd like to have a home birth. Home birth isn't out of the question with a Downs baby but they often have problems like the hole between the heart not closing after birth or platelet issues- basically they require a very thorough check after birth. DH and I talked and talked and decided to have the test. It was very fast and not too painful- just felt weird when they pushed the needle in. I now wait 2-2 1/2 weeks for results knowing whatever happens is in God's hands.
Either way, you seem to be blessed with a wonderful babe... No matter what lies ahead, your child will bring you joy every day!!
You'll be in my thoughts for the next looooong 2 1/2 wks.
DS:15 DD:12 DS:7 DS:5
Surrogate baby born: 9/17/12
Surrogate baby due: 12/14/14
FWIW, my SIL just had a false positive for spina bifida. Everything looks great on the ultrasound.
Best of luck mama.
Megan - SortaCrunchy mama to Dacey (7) and Aliza Joy (5). Expecting mo-di twin boys February 2013!
mommas2atti- I did the Triple Screen because I was so sick during the first tri that I didn't do the nuchal test. I am usually very "up" on all the tests and their good and bad sides. I guess I didn't realize just how poor a test this is. If I have any future pregnancies I will definitely decline as it is loaded to fail for women over 35. My values were just slightly high and they even started babbling about NST's in the 3rd tri to rule out placenta issues- geez. Really hoping I'll be with my home birth m/w by then.
Jodi -full time working wife to a SAH Papa; mama to my boys Breck (12/04), David (09/07), and Elliot (01/10); always remembering our loss, Jordyn Justine (09/06)
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