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20 week scan...spine not fully ossified?

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BaffledMummy Tue 14-Mar-17 18:31:45

Has anyone had this on their 20 week scan? Were told to come back in 2 weeks to rescan. If it hasn't ossified then, it is likely spina bifida? Am panicking a bit....

BaffledMummy Tue 14-Mar-17 22:09:50

Hopeful bump?

Imaystillbedrunk Tue 14-Mar-17 22:31:38

I honestly have no idea. I just couldn't read and run. I hope someone comes along soon and puts your mind at ease.

BaffledMummy Wed 15-Mar-17 06:05:28

Thanks imaystillbedrunk...I was hoping for lots of "oh yes that happened to me and everything was fine with the second scan" type responses but it seems to be quite rare. It's going to be a long two weeks sad

picklemepopcorn Wed 15-Mar-17 06:14:07

Comment to bump...

confusedat23 Wed 15-Mar-17 07:22:33

Hi Baffled I dont have any experiene but i am high risk of making a baby with a neural tube defect due to my own illness... i read up a lot about this and the most common type of Spina Bifida does not cause any serious issues and there is no damage to the spinal cord. I think the NHS has a good webpage about it.

Blondeshavemorefun Wed 15-Mar-17 07:26:22

This sadly happened to a lady I know. Yes her son had spina bifida

But had an op when few months old to fuse bones. He is almost 3 now and running and talking etc - the only thing he needs it to be catheritized every 3hrs as bladder isn't quite draining enough

May have to do this forever

In this lady's case she wasn't actively trying ttc so didn't taken folic acid till found out was preg 7/8w which is too late really as bones start to fuse early on

Hopefully your baby will be fine. Did you take folic acid 3mths + before ttc?

BaffledMummy Wed 15-Mar-17 08:02:06

Thanks all. Yes I did take folic acid for a few months before ttc and up to 12 weeks when I gave up as such horrific nausea and morning sickness and the midwife said it was regretting that now. Scan looked great for everything else but sonographer couldn't see the last few bones in the spine although could see the base. She got another sonographer for a second opinion and she couldn't see them either. They suggested coming back in 2 weeks as it may be that they just hadn't ossified yet....but I think by 20 weeks they should have? The NHS website was useful thanks confused. I think it's just the not knowing that is torturous.

HellsBellsK Wed 15-Mar-17 09:09:43

Hi Baffled,

I am going to the hospital today for a scan to look at the babys spine to rule out Spina Biffida.

I myself have Spina Biffida - but a mild case.So my consultant is keeping a close eye on myself.
My mom also took folic acid with me and didn't have any morning sickness so don't be blame yourself for it- sometimes these things happen.
Think positive now is all you can do.
I know how worrying it is.. my stomach is in knots at the moment. I have to go in by myself also as DH is away on business.


BaffledMummy Wed 15-Mar-17 09:39:57

HellsBells best wishes and good luck to you today. I will keep my fingers crossed for you x

BaffledMummy Sat 18-Mar-17 06:47:58

HellsBells how did you get on? Hope all is well?

BaffledMummy Fri 31-Mar-17 07:32:36

Just an update - when I was frantically googling this in the last couple of weeks I couldn't find many/any threads with an outcome so in the event that someone in a similar situation stumbles across this thread - we got great news today...two weeks after the initial scan, it appears the bones have now ossified and the sonographer was very happy with the spine development!

Am very relieved and grateful. Thanks to all on the thread who offered their support - much appreciated.

picklemepopcorn Fri 31-Mar-17 07:58:53

So pleased, baffled mummy! Thanks for the update!

JulyLady7 Fri 31-Mar-17 09:39:33

Yay. Great news. What a relief that must be!

MyMrKnightley Fri 31-Mar-17 09:42:00

Brilliant - enjoy the rest of your pregnancy

JOMH1982 Fri 31-Mar-17 18:51:55

Great news!!! Xx

BounceBounceSplishSplash Fri 31-Mar-17 18:54:10

So pleased that you received good news today OPflowers

MummyD1982 Thu 05-Oct-17 10:19:39

Thank you so much for posting this! I was born with spina bifida and my 20 weeks scan showed the bottom of the spine hadn't ossified too. My son's scans were all perfect so I've been panicking about this. I've resisted googling anything as my midwife has assured me there is no problem but my scan got postponed from Monday to today and the extra wait has sent my mind into overdrive. I'm reassured by your message though - thank you xx

MummyD1982 Mon 16-Oct-17 11:43:28

Update everything was fine on my scan. Please try not to worry smile

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