I am 34 years old and currently 20 weeks pregnant. At 18 weeks I had an anatomical ultrasound (I assume this is also what is referred to as a level II ultrasound). The u/s doctor told me there were 2 EIF soft markers on the baby's heart and that my chances of having a baby with down syndrome were 1:220 or so. Immediately thereafter, I had an appointment with my OB who gave me a lot of good information. I then went for the AFP test. Those results came back as 1:5000 for down syndrome and 1:1000 for other trisomy birth defects.
My question is: should I still be concerned, or did the risk of downs syndrome drop? I have a follow up u/s in 3 weeks. Please let me know your thoughts on my situation.
When they say "soft markers," that's what they mean, they do not have hard data that say that there is a problem. It sounds like even in the very worst case scenario you've been presented, you have a 219 out of 220 chance of having a normal baby. I'd go with that!
-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.