NT scan?

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NT scan?

Anyone plan on having an NT scan done? I didn't get one last time (wasn't offered to me) but this time they offered it to me. I am set up for June 10th at the hospital because the U/S machine there is better. I had to call my insurance to make sure it was covered and after sitting on the phone for about 20 min, they directed me to a part of the website where I can read about it. As far as I can tell it will be covered so I think I want to go for it.

I had the quad screen done with Nicholas and it was a relief when all the numbers came back where they were supposed to. I hope the same happens this time with the NT scan.

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I'll be getting one again this time to see if everything's ok, but mostly just to see the baby! Biggrin

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We did it with Charlotte just to see her and someone told me that if you do it as late as possible they sometimes can guess the gender. I scheduled for 13w5d and they said 85 percent chance of girl Smile I never even did the blood work to go with it, I hate needles and we weren't worried about downs

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I will!!! But mores just another peak at baby. Wink

I did it with DS#4 but at 13w5d he measured 14w3d so we couldn't get an assessment. As for early gender guesses, it completely depends on where you are because here they won't do it because there have been lawsuits! Can you believe that?! I asked and that's what they told me. Oh well.

Oh, no bloodwork to go with it...

Of course, this time I'm 36 so who knows what will be advised or if I'll change my mind.

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I didn't do it the first time and my dh doesn't want me to do it this time either. However, I took some meds when I was pg and didn't know it yet so I am considering doing it to make sure everything is ok. Regardless of the results we will have a baby in Jan - but I would still like to know if it affected him/her in anyway. There is a lawsuit right now for the meds I took for patients that had babies with cleft palates. Not that I want to be part of the lawsuit.

ETA: Can anyone tell me what its like? Is it just a really detailed ultrasound or what?

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

ETA: Can anyone tell me what its like? Is it just a really detailed ultrasound or what?

They basically just measure the space in the back of the baby's neck. If there is a lot of water back there, it can indicate an issue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuchal_scan

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

I didn't do it the first time and my dh doesn't want me to do it this time either. However, I took some meds when I was pg and didn't know it yet so I am considering doing it to make sure everything is ok. Regardless of the results we will have a baby in Jan - but I would still like to know if it affected him/her in anyway. There is a lawsuit right now for the meds I took for patients that had babies with cleft palates. Not that I want to be part of the lawsuit.

ETA: Can anyone tell me what its like? Is it just a really detailed ultrasound or what?

Jenn- are you talking about Topomax? I was on it right before I was pregnant with Nicholas but stopped 1 month before. Luckily he doesn't have any health issues but if he did man I would be part of that class action lawsuit in a heartbeat. I am so glad my OB told me to get off it, he said he wasn't sure but to be safe and get off it when I did.

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"JuneorJulyBaby?" wrote:

Jenn- are you talking about Topomax? I was on it right before I was pregnant with Nicholas but stopped 1 month before. Luckily he doesn't have any health issues but if he did man I would be part of that class action lawsuit in a heartbeat. I am so glad my OB told me to get off it, he said he wasn't sure but to be safe and get off it when I did.

Yes. I was taking it up until the day I tested - since we really weren't expecting to be able to get pg. I didn't get off of it when I heard about the lawsuit since I didn't have any plans to be pg.

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Jenn- since you got off it right away I hope everything will be ok! :bigarmhug:

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Jenn - :bigarmhug:

I probably will if they offer it to me. More to get another peak at the baby - the results probably wouldn't sway me either way.

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I don't know--I honestly can't remember if I did it with any of my other kids! Isn't that sad? I think I might have with ds1 though. But it would be nice to get to see baby Smile

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I didn't have NT scan with DS. It wasn't offered and I hadn't even heard of it until I was preggo with DD. I did have it done with DD, and I plan on it again. I'm definitely in the camp of wanting to know as much as possible. If there were to be a problem, I'd want to be prepared, be able to research, etc.

I do have to say I didn't like the finger prick part that went with it. I don't mind getting blood drawn, etc...but the test I had made you prick your own finger at home. That was hard to do! I'd be a terrible nurse!

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I had a horrible NT scan experience. We opted to do it last time, just because we wanted the extra peek at the baby. The tech kept going, "hmm" and "huh" and wouldn't tell us what the problem was. She brought the doc in and he told us, very unceremoniously that Cam's measurement was 6mm, and at 11 weeks, anything over 2 is not good. The higher the number, the worse it is. 6mm is like unheard of and they were CERTAIN that there was a serious problem.
Then he tells us that we can go ahead and schedule the termination procedure with them, that's what he'd recommend. We were shocked. Um, I was NEVER planning on terminating my baby no matter what the test said. So he took me into the other room and did a CVS procedure, then we had to wait 10 days for the results. Everything came back normal!

We had to follow up with a high risk OB after that and do tons of monitoring of his heart, and weekly u/s. The only problems he has are a cleft palate, craniosynostosis, and a blocked kidney. All of which were correctable with surgery. He has some other minor issues from being born at 27 weeks (which was due to the blocked kidney creating too much amniotic fluid causing an abruption). But he is the happiest, sweetest kid in the world and I can't imagine listening to that stupid doc and terminating.

Anyway, long story short (haha), if you do opt to get the scan, and it comes out abnormal, don't freak out! The problem that it is indicating may be something relatively minor, despite what they tell you.

So now I'm torn on whether I want to bother with it again. Part of me wants to be reassured that everything's fine, but part of me doesn't want to go through that roller coaster again.

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It sounds like you had a horrible doctor! But also, if you hadnt gone through everything, would it have made a difference to you? That's really the question, I guess. If what you learned from the experience/ us was worth the headache then I would do it again. However, if it gave you nothing to be prepared for his issues, and you just don't want that headache again, then don't do it. It's just not worth it.

I just have to make sure I get my OB office to file the paperwork on time so I can get a more accurate assessment. While I wasn't concerned last time, it does sit in the back of your head as you (I) get older.

Perhaps it was just my place but during my NT scan they looked at everything anatomically to use in cinjunction with the measurement. Perhaps I was lucky but they did leg/arm/torso/head measurements as well as hands and feet. I was there a good 45 minutes for the us.

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HORRIBLE doctor for sure!!!!

I don't think I would terminate no matter what the results but I would at least want to be prepared for what is going to happen instead of thinking everything is just fine and then once the baby is born and I am even more of a hormonal mess to realize that there is a huge problem.

Nicholas was healthy at birth but when he was 3 weeks old he got a fever and had to be admited to the hospital for 8 days. It turns out it was something easy to fix (UTI) but he had to have a spinal tap to check for meningitis, blood draws where they stuck him 11 times before they could find a good vein, etc. It was a very traumatic experience and I really hope to not have to do it again. That being said, if I would have even had ANY clue what they were going to do, I might have been better prepared. Instead I was driving to the doctor thinking they would give him some tylenol and go home but BAM everything happened so fast. Not to say this would relate ANYTHING towards having a baby with birth/genetic defects, but it still would have been nice.