I have just been told this morning after my first ultra sound (at 18 weeks) that I should consider amniocentesis as there was a echogenic focus on my baby's left ventrice of the heart. I am only 26 YOA, which means my risk should immediately be between 1 in 1000, however my blood test showed up at 16 weeks that my risk was actually 1 in 313 of having a baby with chromosone problems (Down Syndrome in particular). Because of this reason, I am considering having amnio test done, but since there is a miscarriage risk invovled in the procedure, I am totally confused and upset. It has been a devastating time for us this morning (especially after being so excited about seeing our baby on the ultra sound for the first time), however we havent really had time to talk about it as we both had to be back at work. My partner has said it doesnt matter what the baby is going to be like we will still keep and love him/her all the same, so there is no point in an amnio test, as for me,I wold like to know for sure, if nothing else then at least for the preparation process, mentally. I am very angry that my incompetent GP who I had the unfortunate opportunity to have been seen up until I was 15 weeks pregnant, did not refer me to any ultra sound, the problem would have been detected earlier and we would have been able to have more time to decide on what to do and prepare ourselves. Now, since its too late into the pregnancy already, we have been told this morning that we only have overnight to make up our mind up of what to do. Feeling like the whole world is crashing down on us at the moment, upset about the GP, but most importantly, hopefully we wont be making a rushed decision.
For young expectant Moms, hoping that you wont have to go through the predicament that we are going through. Please make sure that your GP refers you to the following Ultra Sound tests:
11-13 weeks of pregnancy (or 1st tremester) a Nuchal Translucency test. This scan indicates the risk of having a child with Down Syndrome or other chromosomal problems by measuring the thickness of the fold at the back of the baby's neck. WITH THIS SCAN JUST BECAUSE YOU YOUNGER THAN THE "HIGH RISK" AGE GROUP (under 40 yoa)
18-20 weeks of pregnancy (or 2nd trimester) a Fetal Anomaly test. This scan detects physical and structural abnormalities including spina bifida, heart defects and limb defects
Wishing you all a happy and problem free pregnancy, and birth to follow.
Wish Warmest Wishes,