Thursday, September 10, 2009

Making Baby A, Week 13: First Trimester Screen

After some research, my husband and I decided to undergo first trimester screen (FTS). This non-invasive test provides a risk assessment for Down syndrome and Trisomy 18 or 13. Although based on our age group and families histories, we didn't have any reasons to believe that Baby A would have any birth defects, we figured that as long as the insurance covered it, why not? Besides, if there were any problems, we wanted to know as early as possible.

We showed up for the appointment last Friday. I was excited to see Baby A again!

As the sonographer rolled the ultrasound wand over my belly, I could see all the bones in the baby’s legs, the form of the arms, and roundness of the body. She measured the back of the neck and found the nasal bone quickly.

I was amazed by the clear image that even though I knew it was too early, I couldn't help but ask if she could tell the sex of the baby. No.

We then had a brief consultation with a geneticist and had my blood drawn.

We received the test result just yesterday and everything is good - the chances of Baby A having Down syndrome and Trisomy 18 or 13 are super, super low!

I am so relieved to know that the baby is healthy, strong, and growing well.

Now I finally feel ready to tell my friends!

{written on 9/10/09, published on 9/23/09}

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