We had our NT scan yesterday for the new baby. For those not up with the ultrasound lingo (I know I wasn’t) NT stands for nuchal translucency. The NT screening takes a look at the fluid in the back of the baby’s neck and can help assess the baby’s risk for Down’s syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities, including congenital heart defects. The NT scan must be done when you’re between 11 & 14 weeks pregnant and yesterday I was 11 weeks and 6 days. The test also includes two sets of blood work, the first I did last week- SIX vials of blood! I don’t think I will hear the “results” back for another month, when I finish the second set of blood work. The results are determined by combining the nuchal fold measurement, my age, the baby’s age and the blood tests to compute a likelihood of the baby having a chromosomal abnormality. For example, at my age (30) the chance of me having a baby with Downs syndrome is 1 in 1,000. That is just based on my age, but the screening looks at many more factors than just age.
We decided to do the NT test for this baby for a few reasons, one of which was insurance covered it this time and my Dr encouraged it. The second was that the scan can spot some issues early on and the baby could be helped in utero or immedaitely after birth down the line. I felt more confident this pregnancy that I could handle things better than I would have been able to in my first pregnancy. While pregnant with Jackson, if I had received less than flattering “odds,” I would have obsessed my entire pregnancy and not enjoyed it.
Greg and I knew that if our baby was determined to have a chromosomal abnormality, nothing would change in our eyes and we would welcome this baby into our family with open arms. I don’t believe you ever truly know what your baby will be like until he or she is placed in your arms, but having screenings while pregnant can definitely ease the nerves of some people. I am one of those because I’d like to be as prepared as possible.
Our NT scan went well and the baby was sleeping when we first got there. Our ultrasound tech, an awesome lady named Holly, gave me a juice box of Hi-C to wake the babe up. It worked QUICKLY! In about two minutes he or she was bouncing around and waving its little hands around. Everything looked good and we were thrilled to get to see our baby! I’ll update when we get the “official” results back.
NT Scan Info:
- 11w6d, baby measured 12w3d
- Baby’s heartrate: 166 bpm
- CRL (crown to rump length) 2.2 inches, add another inch for legs
- Nuchal fold measurement: 1.3 mm (anything below 3.0 mm is considered normal)