Third Ultrasound and Genetic Testing

Posted by Greg on November 28th, 2008 with tags: , ,

On Wednesday, just before flying out to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, we stopped at the Stanford Children’s Hospital for genetic testing.  We went a week earlier to learn about the process and for them to take some blood from Yenari’s fingertip.  This time we went for an ultrasound.  They do ultrasounds to measure the neck fold to gauge the likelihood of the baby having Down Syndrome.  Because they’re trying to measure something so small (just a couple of millimeters) they need the baby to be in a very specific position – a perfect profile shot.

Our baby wasn’t quite cooperating with the profile shot.  The technician started by trying from different angles, but quickly progressed to shaking Yenari’s belly, asking her to cough, and finally asking her to roll side to side really quickly in order to shake the baby into a new position.  Yenari had to drink a ton of water before the ultrasound to make sure that it was clear, so the the shaking and rocking and rolling wasn’t very fun for her.  On the plus side, however, we got to watch the ultrasound for about ten or fifteen minutes which was really exciting.  Here’s a shot:

Third Ultrasound

Third Ultrasound

In both pictures, but especially visible in the rightmost image, you can see the baby’s five fingers (yes! five fingers!) are waving (high five!) next to the baby’s head.  When the ultrasound was starting the baby was either jumping around or having some serious hiccups, so there was quite a bit of movement.  After all the trying, the technician couldn’t get the right position, so the doctor came in, and with her, she brought a new technique: shaking Yenari’s belly with the probe and making sound effects – it worked immediately.  We were all pretty sure it was the sound effects that did it.

The final measurement was just 1.4mm – anything less that 3mm is good, so we were happy.  The doctor took the measurements and the results from Yenari’s earlier blood test and gave us the good news that we’re in the lowest range of risk, with less than a 1 in 10,000 chance of Down Syndrome.  We still need to go back once more so that they can do a more detailed blood test in the second trimester, but the early indications are looking good!

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  1. Anne Says:

    How cute!!!! 🙂
    I can imagine how happy you guyz were!

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