I am 24 years old and 20weeks 1day pregnant, I had my 20 week scan on friday- all looked to be fine apart from the fluid on the back of the babies neck, the sonographer said just to make sure its ok i will have to see the consultant and im booked in for wednesday morning. Im really trying not to worry as all my blood tests have been perfect and everything else looks good with the baby-but i just cant help feeling a bit low about it. I love this baby so much even tho ive never met "him" and cant even think about if there is something wrong with him. Does anybody know of anyone or have been through this kind of thing?? hope all is well with everybody else (and babys) x x x
This is an antenatal test to calculate a risk statistic for chromosone abnormalities (read more). It works by measuring the thickness of the skin at the back of the neck of a 12-13 week old fetus, using ultrasound.
Basically, people with Down's syndrome and some other disorders have thick necks; they tend to have extra tissue at the back of the neck. This is most pronounced in babyhood; in a 12-13 week old fetus the extra thickness could be either extra tissue or fluid; either would suggest an increased risk of a chromosome disorder.
Many fetuses have extra fluid back there and don't have Downs syndrome or another chromosone disorder. A thick nuchal fold is not a sure indicator; fluid could be there for other reasons. It's important to remember that even a terrible sounding statistic like "one in three chance" of Downs syndrome, still means that the fetus probably doesn't have Downs (67% chance of not having it). Great Answer Report
Sorry, don't know much about this but didn't want to read and run.
What I do know is when I had my nuchal translucency (downs syndrome) scan the midwife did say the result of the fluid on the back of the neck measurement did only contribute a small percentage towards the overall risk factor, the majority of the information they use to calculate the risk factor comes from the blood test results so if those have been good I wouldn't worry
I agree with mislaww. A cousin of mine has a mild form of downs and I can't imagine life without him. He's so funny and is the life of the party! Having said that my SIL was told that my nephew definitely would have downs or some other sort of abnormality. However hes now 2yrs old and completely healthy. A right chatter box too!
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