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Nuchal fold scan :-(

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VJONES1985 Tue 04-Feb-14 13:13:58

I had my 12 week scan today and I wanted it to be a wonderful experience but sadly it had a cloud hanging over it.

Everything is fine including three of the four Downs syndrome markers. The one that wasn't was the fluid on the back of the neck. Apparently the maximum normal amount is 2.2mm and my baby's is 2.3mm.

The midwife is calling me tomorrow with the personalised chances of me having a Downs baby and she said she's not concerned at all. I really hope she's right.

Twobusyboys Tue 04-Feb-14 13:16:27

2.3 isnt that bad. High end of normal. I would expect the risk will be fairly low.
Many people have 4 or 5cm. And some of those babies are fine. Try not to worry til you have actual results through.

Twobusyboys Tue 04-Feb-14 13:16:54

I have been through similar

VJONES1985 Tue 04-Feb-14 13:18:27

And I'm guessing everything was fine in your case? Thanks, that does reassure me.

Twobusyboys Tue 04-Feb-14 13:21:49

It was. I did find it very stressfull though at the time. It alnost makes you wish you hadnt bothered with the test.
I think my reading was 1.8 and it came back about 1 in 200.

VJONES1985 Tue 04-Feb-14 13:24:57

You had a 1 in 200 chance? I'm 28 and, as far as I know, have no higher chance of a Downs baby than any other 28 year old. But we shall see, I guess.

BabyNumber02 Tue 04-Feb-14 13:52:15

I got a 1 in 25 risk from the combined screening. The nuchal fold was 3.1 which is supposed to be right on the limit. I got no answer about why my risk was so high but we were devastated by it. We opted for an amnio as we couldn't face the rest of the pregnancy with all the worry hanging over us. Thankfully everything was fine and I am now 39 weeks. I really wouldn't worry too much about a nuchal fold of 2.3 as it is pretty low to me and it can drive you crazy.

From my experience they unnecessarily worry you!

VJONES1985 Tue 04-Feb-14 14:04:15

Thank you, that has made me feel better. And you know what, I got an amazing scan photo of the baby's face today and just looking at that makes me smile :-)

lucy101 Tue 04-Feb-14 14:09:43

Just to mention the Harmony test as a good and less invasive options to amnio and cvs (off course you might not want any more tests). I can't recommend the FMC in London for scans etc. too. I hope you get reassuring news.

lucy101 Tue 04-Feb-14 14:10:50

I meant to say I can't recommend the FMC highly enough! They are brilliant.

eurochick Tue 04-Feb-14 14:15:51

I've also had the Harmony at the FMC. I'm waiting for my results now (be warned, it does take 2 weeks as the blood is sent to the US, so it is not a quick way to get an answer, but it doesn't carry the risks of amnio or CVS).

atomicyoghurt Tue 04-Feb-14 14:15:51

Please don't worry wait till you know the details. My best friend has had two pregnancies both of which had high nuchal readings (7.2cm and 7.1cm) and both boys were non-Downs when born.

The first time she went through hell worrying and being pressured to terminate my the medics and it was all unnecessary.

My three girls all had measurements around 3cm and all fine.

MrsB2013 Tue 04-Feb-14 14:17:01

VJ try not to worry 2.3 isn't that big. most hospitals say under 3.5 is normal. Mine was 1.7 and my risk was 1:11000 and im 32. My friend had 2.2 and 1:100000 and she was 30 at the time.

Writerwannabe83 Tue 04-Feb-14 14:18:12

I was only thinking about you last night VJONES and wondering how your pregnancy was going smile

I don't think your reading is particularly high so try not to worry too much. I think mine was 1.9mm (so not too far away from yours) and my result still came back as 1: 90'000 shock

Stay positive, I'm sure everything will be fine x x

CrispyFB Tue 04-Feb-14 14:18:34

I second Harmony if you end up screening positive (usually more than 1 in 150). And the FMC a hundred times over!

I've had a 1 in 34 (DS has normal chromosomes) and a 1 in 5 (Harmony says negative, still pregnant!)

Both times the reason for the high risk was the bloodwork. If you have good bloodwork that will dramatically lower the risk.

With this pregnancy the NT was 2.7mm and she apparently has typical chromosomes. DC1 was 2.2mm I think (typical chromosomes) and DC2 was a bit less.

The nuchal fold increases in size as you get towards a 13+6 fetus size as well - how big did the baby measure?

Showy Tue 04-Feb-14 14:21:36

I had a 3mm fold with ds. Our hospital considered this just within the normal range for gestation. He is 2yo now, no probs. Sonographer wasn't worried at all.

VJONES1985 Tue 04-Feb-14 14:25:16

I can't remember how long the baby measured, I will check my notes later. But I'm 13 weeks exactly so probably not close to 13+6. Doesn't sound like 2.3mm is especially high considering some of your experiences on here. And glad to hear the majority of your stories ended well.

VJONES1985 Tue 04-Feb-14 14:35:14

Crispy - when you say they had typical chromosomes, do you mean your babies had/have Downs? Or it looked like they did but it turned out they didn't?

PenguinsDontEatKale Tue 04-Feb-14 14:40:29

2.3 is still within what I was told is normal. They told me 2. 4 for higher risk.

Did you have bloods done too? If you did and these are normal, you are likely to still fall within low risk.

I was high risk based solely on bloods, but had amnio and everything was fine. (Typical chromosomes means no Downs Syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities).

LastOneDancing Tue 04-Feb-14 15:12:55

Hi Jones.

Our measurement was 2.1 at 12 +3 weeks. Sonographer said anything under 3.5 was considered normal!

I'm 35 and with bloods our 'risk' was 3000 to 1.

Everything crossed for you, but I really don't think you should panic because of that measurement.

And congratulations in a 12 week little bean!

ChicaMomma Tue 04-Feb-14 15:24:28

I was told that the 'line' was 2.5!! and even at that, 2.5 - 3.5 is still only medium risk... and 3.5+ was high risk.. I reckon you're fine to be honest. But in your situation i'd probably go for further testing, like the CVS, just as i'm a worrier also.

VJONES1985 Tue 04-Feb-14 15:29:40

What's a CVS?

GingerRodgers Tue 04-Feb-14 15:31:19

Have you had the bloods back yet Vj or is it just the scan measurements? I really wouldn't panic (easier said than done, I know that) before knowing all the results. Hope you're ok.

GingerRodgers Tue 04-Feb-14 15:32:11

Cvs is where they test the placenta and normally done earlier than an amnio (which tests the fluid).

VJONES1985 Tue 04-Feb-14 15:34:51

That was just the scan measurement. Tomorrow the midwife is calling me with my chances of having a Downs baby based on my bloods.

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