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<p>I'm pregnant with #3 (had a miscarriage in June this year).  My midwife suggested a dating ultrasound as I'd had irregular cycles since my m/c.  She just called to say there was a small cyst found on the baby (2cm) and that its probably nothing to worry about but she does want me to go for another ultrasound.  This time, I have to go to a larger city with the highest level of screening capabilities. The pro is that they'll tell me immediately after the u/s what the results are.</p>
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<p>It seems that cysts on babies can be pretty normal but I'd be curious to hear from any of you mamas who've had this in other pregnancies.</p>
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<p>Thanks!</p>
 

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<p>I don't have any experience with this but wanted to send you a little love during this slow Thanksgiving internet time. Hopefully soon someone will pop in with helpful and peach giving info. </p>
 

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<p>Do you know where the cyst is? Did you do any screenings at the same time? I have experience via a friend who has just gone through some negative stuff ~ but her situation was rare and mostly due to age. That cyst was on the baby's neck and was called a hygroma. Not sounding like what you are talking about ~ but that is the only experience I have with cysts on babies via u/s.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks, Ladies.  My midwife called again to say that she had learned more about it and it was the standard NT test apparently (nuchal translucency fluid test which measures fluid on the back of the neck).  This testing is often done if you do prenatal testing.  I don' do any prenatal testing. This ultrasound was supposed to be a dating u/s and nothing more so I'm kinda peeved they even measure this!  The cut-off for 'normal' is 3mm and mine measured 4mm.  Basically, it increases my chances of having a baby with a syndrome to 10% so not very high, IMO.  I've opted to not do a level 2 u/s at this point as they wanted me to go for genetic counselling, etc.  Seems like a lot of stress over a 90% chance that all will be well!  Also, I had a friend give birth to a baby with down syndrome and they never once picked it up on any testing.  They were told from the results of a level 2 u/s and MRI that their baby would have a major clubfoot which would require immediate surgery.  Baby had no clubfoot!  But had DS.</p>
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<p>At the end of the day, dh and I are both confident that we'll have the baby that's meant to join our family and we're not concerned or stressed by the thought that the baby might have DS (dh used to be a social worker working with kids with DS so he's got the right set of skills!)</p>
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<p>I'm currently scheduled for a level 2 u/s in Jan but am going to ask my midwife about just havng another level 1 u/s.  If that one shows something, then I'm happy to go for the stronger one but not too keen at this point (the hospital I need to go to is in a city 2hrs away)</p>
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<p>Anywho - I'm sure it'll all be fine!</p>
 

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<p>fjc  - I really admire your approach to this. I just wanted to compliment your level-headedness; I know it's not easy, but your rationality is really wonderful and it's really inspiring to see someone handle a scare by talking it out. :)</p>
 

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Amen sjc......couldn't have said it any better<br><br>
 

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<p>I agree...great optimistic outlook</p>
<p>I'm sure all will be well <span><img alt="stillheart.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/stillheart.gif" style="width:17px;height:15px;"></span></p>
 

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<p>And it is!  Had our 18w scan at a big hospital and nothing is wrong! :)  And its a girl!  Just what dd (5) ordered!</p>
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<p>Of course, genetics still thought we should do a fetal echocardiagram even though, on 2 ultrasounds, there has never been the slightest marker for heart issues.  Instead, we left! </p>
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<p>So glad this is all done!</p>
 

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<p>That is great news! And congrats on the baby girl! I'm glad to hear that all is well with your newest daughter.  :)</p>
 
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