My dd2 was born missing a hand. The doctors don't know why, but one of the theories is that an amniotic band wrapped round the developing hand. Her consultants don't go for this theory, however it's one of the more popular ones. Don't search Google on it. I did once and there's a load of rubbish (mostly American) out there attributing everything from clef palette through to even more ridiculous ideas. I'm skeptical on it causing limb loss as it's twice as common in arms than legs and twice as common to be left than right. If it was something like amniotic banding it would be even odds round, surely?
I would hope that if they spotted it, they will have checked the limbs thoroughly.
Did they just tell you that at the scan, or did they advise you what to do next, Sparkles? I think you definitely need to contact your midwife/maternity assessment unit - let them know about your private scan result.
Please try and not worry. I had several amniotic bands on my placenta. It was only noticed after I gave birth. My DS was perfectly fine. The doctors asked permission to keep my placenta to show others in lectures!
I was told they had detected one at my scan. I was referred to a different hospital fir a more in depth scan and they could not find a thing. Said it was diagnosed in error. In the meantime I had worried myself sick. My advice would be try not to Google and get a second opinion ASAP.
I had one detected at my 12 week scan. It was well away from the baby and all limbs looked fine so no further action was needed. From what I remember reading at the time, a thicker band (sometimes called a shelf) is less risky than finer bands. Baby is absolutely fine.
Shes probally never heard of it! None of the midwives i have had have ever seen it as its quite rare nowdays, i believe if there is a risk of damage to the baby they laser the bands somehow! 40 odd years ago there was no way of telling if the bands where there. It might be worth speaking to a consultant for your own piece of mind.
No, as i said sonagraphs were not routine then, i can only imagine how horrible it was for my mum at 21, luckily i was taken on by a leading hand surgeon and after a few operations it hasnt limited me at all. When i had my own children they checked at my scans but i still took mr evans current clinic number with me to the delivery room just incase. It was my consultant that put my mind at rest about correcting troublesome bands in utero nowdays.