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Last week I had my 20 wk ultrasound and found out we're having a girl!!!! I'm very excited. However, the results also showed that the ventricles of the brain aren't in line with the baby's gestational age. This finding could indicate hydrocephaly<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> .<br><br>
They said only time will tell if things will continue or not. So I have to have a follow up in 4 wks. Fortunately I've been out of town for several days so I've not had time to dwell on it. But I know it's going to be a long 3 wks to wait.<br><br>
Also, this is making me question my choice to homebirth. I mean, I would feel horrible if I did anything to cause my baby harm (vaginal birth vs. C/S with possiblity of hydrocepaly). Just rambling.....
 

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Sending wishes that everything turns out ok.
 

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((((HUGS)))))<br><br>
I can imagine the worry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> You can't make any informed decisions yet, so try not to start thinking about a c-section until you've got more information (easier said than done, right?)
 

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yeah I agree, you need more info before you can figure out the best route to go, prayers for you... that you find all ok and that if you don't you get lots of love & support along the way (((hugs)))
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Praying for peace & patience in the coming weeks. Hoping for the best for your family! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Kelly
 

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It is so hard to get iffy news. I am hoping for the best for you and your daughter. Keep us posted.
 

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Praying everything turns out ok. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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hang in there, I know how hard that can be. My son has a brain disorder that was found via an ultrasound. I am surprised they want you to wait 4 weeks, they had me come in a week later for another look. Are they sending you to a specialist? I would make sure they are. Wishing you all the best and that everything turns out just fine. Hugs!
 

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I know this must be really hard for you to try to sort out your emotions! I pray you find lots of great information to make an informed decision, whatever that decision needs to be.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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How worrisome that must be. What did you mw have to say about it?<br><br>
My friend, also due in Sept like us, had an ultrasound at about 13 weeks and was told it looked like her baby had Down Syndrome. They had her come back in a week for a better ultrasound. She spent the time worrying of course, and they had her see a genetic counselor FIRST who told her all the scary possibilities, then waltzed her down to the ultrasound room to be told it was a perfectly normal baby. I told my mw about it and she said she hears stories like that all the time. I'm not sure if she meant specifically the Downs scare, or just ultrasound scares in general that turn out to be nothing.<br><br>
I'm hoping that is all yours is, a scare.<br><br>
Best wishes to you mama,<br>
Tracy
 

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Congrats on having a little girl!!<br><br>
I'm sorry for the possible news.. I am thankful, you were able to see any challenges now and hopefully do all you can for the best optimum care for her...<br><br>
Please keep us posted and let us know if we can do anything for you.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Last week I had my 20 wk ultrasound and found out we're having a girl!!!! I'm very excited. However, the results also showed that the ventricles of the brain aren't in line with the baby's gestational age. This finding could indicate hydrocephaly<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> .<br><br>
They said only time will tell if things will continue or not. So I have to have a follow up in 4 wks. Fortunately I've been out of town for several days so I've not had time to dwell on it. But I know it's going to be a long 3 wks to wait.<br><br>
Also, this is making me question my choice to homebirth. I mean, I would feel horrible if I did anything to cause my baby harm (vaginal birth vs. C/S with possiblity of hydrocepaly). Just rambling.....</div>
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Betsy,<br><br>
I hope you don't mind me jumping in your DDC here. I wanted to tell you I understand how hard that wait is and that you aren't alone. My daughter is 3 and has spina bifida and hydrocephalus (she has a shunt so it gives me no problems now - knock on wood) and some other associated medical problems.<br><br>
The waiting for news and info and can make you crazy. My best advice is to find yourself a big project to work on - got a baby quilt you want to make or a blanket to knit?- well go to town on it. Or get every picture you've ever taken and be determined to have them a scrapbooked by the time of your appointment. You're still going to worry of course, but it really can help to take your mind off of it.<br><br>
Just to give you a postive outcomes side of the hydrocephalus story here. When you go back for your appointment they will tell you the size of the baby's ventricles in millimeters (mm) most likely (some docs do it in centimeters). Anything under 10 mm is considered "normal". At the time of my daughter's birth her's were 66 mm! And my perinatalogist told me he had seen babies much worse than that in utero whose brain functions were just fine. Today at 3 my daughter is sooooo smart (if I do say so myself<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) and hasn't shown any signs of brain injury. Kids with hydrocephalus do very very well these days.<br><br>
My daughter was born by c-section, but she was also breech. My docs were at least willing to discuss a vaginal birth right up until the end. The latest research does not indicate that a c-section is necessarily safer for kids with spina bifida or hydrocephalus so IF there is a problem with the baby please don't automatically condemn yourself to a section.<br><br>
All that being said there is the possibility that the baby doesn't have hydro at all and try to keep that in mind. Positive thinking really helps I think. It could very well be that the positioning of the baby during the u/s made the angle funny or the tech was fairly new and just didn't know what he or she was doing. Be prepared for lots of u/s because they will want to follow you closely.<br><br>
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions for me or you can post them here or just ignore me if you like. I won't be offended at all. I'll keep watching for any updates you have. I wish you all the best.
 

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Congrats on your baby girl! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hearts.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hearts"><br><br>
My thoughts are with you. Please take care of yourself.
 

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Congratulations on your sweet baby girl.<br><br>
I'm sorry for the scary news though. I will say a prayer that all is well.
 
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