We’ve just been down to the hospital for a nuchal fold scan. We weren’t going to have this done as we won’t abort and I wouldn’t want to have the more intrusive and risky amnio or CVS. This meant there was little point to having this scan as it is only a screening test (for Down’s syndrome) and so would give us a risk factor which might just worry us. Anyway, talking to the midwife when I had my blood tests last week I decided to go ahead with it just to check everything was progressing OK – I was beginning to doubt there was anything in there! Result:
One extremely active baby in there! I am now officially at 12 wks, 2 days – three days further on from where the hospital’s previous calculations would have had me. The radiographer said everything appeared to be developing normally. We did get the estimated risk for Down’s syndrome based on the nuchal fold measurement combined with the blood test I had last week. I’m glad we did:
the normal risk for a baby whose mother is 35: 1 in 243
the risk they calculated today: 1 in 3145 !
(This is a risk factor assessment only – it doesn’t mean that we have the all clear, it just makes the likelihood of Down’s very small.)
Based on these results they wouldn’t give me amnio or CVS anyway, so whether I would or would not be willing to have them is immaterial!
It was so amazing watching the baby moving around – s/he was asleep when the scan started but then woke up and started moving around. A lot. Reminiscent of the dog who goes from 0-60 in about 2 seconds. Oh, dear!