Thursday, 28 February 2008

First Trimester Screening

Today I have received a call from Dr Norman my OB to tell me that our tests came back high risk for the baby to have Down Syndrome or some other chromosomal abnormality.

Basically the way they get these results is through a combination of blood tests,ultrasound and the mother's age. At the 12 week scan they measure something called Nuchal Translucency - which is a thickness at the base of the baby's neck - the thicker the measurement and the older you are the higher the risk.

The next step is to have an amniocentesis (amnio). This test involves injecting a needle through my abdomen into the amniotic sac and removing approx 15ml fluid. That fluid is then assessed in a lab and within 99.9% accuracy we will know if baby poppy is fit and healthy or not.

We are having that test on March 17th and of course will let you know the results.

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