Just got home from our midwife appointment. I actually took the day off because I'm a wreck, which is probably over dramatic but I'm a pretty emotional person at the best of times, much less in pregnancy!
Anyway, we got our ultrasound results. Everything looks right on track and baby looks healthy, amniotic fluid is good, placenta is nicely positioned (posterior, which explains all the movement I've been feeling). Those are the parts I keep reminding myself. Because she added "everything looks good except for one little thing", which is that they think "baby's nasal bone looks short for gestational age, however we can't get an accurate measurement from the static images". So....they're saying they THINK it's short but since they can't actually measure it to be sure off the images they got, we are going back for a better look.
I'm freaked out because it is, as our midwife put it, a "soft soft" marker....but she also said that at this point the nasal bone doesn't mean much anymore when it comes to screening because by now, genetics are playing a big role in how it looks (and yes, I have a small nose!!).
So now I'm super worried that either it's signaling a big problem, or that baby just has a problem with it's nose, or maybe it's all for nothing because right now it's only a guess until they can actually measure...our midwife was unconcerned because she said they are dealing with millimeters, it's so tiny still. But...I am still worried. And now I have to wait two weeks or more to get in, then wait another week for results. I'm not sure I can even enjoy my 3D u/s now. What if we see something terrible with it's nose?
I have been crying on and off since we got home. Anyone been through something like this before and had everything come out okay?
i don't think the issue is the shape of the babies nose.... did they talk to you about what a short nasal bone can be associated with?
short nasal bones can be seen in babies with trisomy 21 and other genetic problems. i don't think they are worried about a cosmetic defect here, but whether there is something else.
that might sound scary... but read the rest of your post!!! everything else looks wonderful, and they are talking about millimeters! and they only *think* that it *might* be short. you have a small nose! I would bet that your baby just has a small nose too, combined with trying to measure the nose of a bouncing healthy baby on grainy black and white pictures. I'm sure everything will be okay! (((HUGS)))
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Aww, I know it is not easy to not worry! Try to take your midwives advice. Sometimes these U/S are a curse bc they see stuff that isn't really there or will be a non--issue once the baby is complete. I had a "soft soft" marker with DS too. He had some spinal fluid built up on his skull and they say sometimes that is what baby's with Down or Trisomy have, but 99% of the time they resolve themselves in the 3rd tri. So there I was stressing out for 3 months until my next U/S, just to find out everything is fine.
Just remember, that baby in there is in no way near complete, so these things could be nothing! The baby's body parts are still forming and that could be all that this is too...
I know it is hard, but take a deep breath and think positive! The baby needs you to be calm and not stressed too... it isn't healthy for either of you. I am sending you big HUGS and lots of positive vibes!!!!!!
Did she say what she meant- a "soft, soft" marker for what?? I would think if there were serious problems like Downs or one of the other trisomies, that there would be other more noticeable abnormalities at this point than a possible short nose. HUGS to you!! I know it's hard to do, but I try to tell myself this: try not to worry until you know for sure there is something to worry about. Hopefully it is nothing, and they will be able to get the measurements they need at the next u/s and everything will be fine. Is your 3D u/s before or after your follow-up u/s?
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Thanks ladies. It is so hard, but I am trying to distract myself with bad daytime TV, lol.
She really wasn't sure why they were pointing out this supposedly short nasal bone. She's never seen a comment like this one after a 20 week u/s! However when I asked her if it was a soft marker, she said it wasn't...but could possibly be a soft-soft marker for something like Down Syndrome. But even that she tempered because she said the nasal bone measurement is only accurate for screening at the 12-13 week mark, and by now genetics have likely thrown it off too much. So who knows?!? She says they never used to care about the nasal bone at all, but since now it's used as a screening factor in earlier u/s, they might pay more attention to it now during the 20wk scan. Pretty much no definitive answer eh?? Ugh!
The followup ultrasound could be before my Aug 6 3D one, but no guarantee if they're busy!
I was given less info, but told she was not getting good measurements so I am going back Wed.....It was a two week wait for me....I am really hoping it it because he was a wiggle worm that day. Also she was not able to get the blood flow in the umbilical cord, because the baby kept kicking and interrupting the recording. There was also something funny with the nose on mine....So I go back Wed and she is redoing the ultrasound. I have been nervous. But not scared. Have faith momma. Don't panic until you need to. There will be tons of worries until the day you die with this child. It is part of being a mommy. HUGS!!!!!
I dont post much bc im so busy with dd and its difficult to type on my phone....but i lurk alot! Im due dec. 4th with my second and had a "similar" experience with my first dd.
It is not exactly the same as it has nothing to do with the nasal bones but instead scary news at my anatomy scan with her. I was told she had cysts on her brain. They said they could be normal growth...or a sign of a major genetic problem. Of course i freaked out!! I was a TOTAL mess!! It doesnt matter if the chance is one in a million if its your baby any chance is TOO much! So like you I worried and cried a ton!! I tried to focus on the fact that the chances it was something major were slim....but it was still hard! My doctor was much like your midwife....he wasnt too concerned. I had to wait 6 horrible weeks for a repeat scan....which pretty much ruined Christmas that year and the rest of the pregnancy....bc i was still concerned until i held her in my arms and could see for myself she was ok. Needless to say she is perfect not one thing wrong with her at all!! Everyone can tell you not to worry but until they have been in the same shoes they wont understand. Try to focus on getting ready for the babies arrival...stay positive...as best you can....and remeber ultrasounds are so advanced now they see things they didnt years ago, if your midwife wasnt concerned then try to trust her experience. Ill be praying for you. I know the anguish in waiting is brutal!! Hang in there!
I'm so sorry to hear about the extra stress this brings.
Two things that came to mind that *I* might try, and you might not feel comfortable with either, but I'll throw them out there ...
1. I would let my OB know that I'm worried about the results of the ultrasound and before I turn to worst-case scenarios on the Internet, I'd like more information from them on what the Downs marker could suggest and how that relates to any other genetic testing I have done. I would also ask for their suggestions on scientific articles on the subject.
2. I would also let them know that I'm anxious to the point of missing work and I don't want the stress to affect the pregnancy. I would let them know I was willing to take any appointment that opens up before the scheduled appointment and I would just need 20 minutes notice to get there.
Aww Hilary, don't stress yourself out. I know it can seem like the end of the world thinking that something might be wrong with your baby, but from your post it doesn't sound like they were too worried about it, so you shouldn't be either. I know it seems like forever, but just wait the time out until your next U/S and if something does come up then, then you can deal with it then. Being stressed out for the next couple of weeks will just make you (and baby) feel worse! Sending hugs your way!
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