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12 Week Scan Showed 7mm NT Measurement - Terrified

May 25th, 2018, 14:05 PM   #1
 
Hi

I am 12+1, I just turned 28 years old and this is my first pregnancy. My partner and I had difficulty conceiving for a couple of years but I fell pregnant naturally in the end. Both of us were a little scared at first, but over the moon!

I went for my 12 week scan yesterday and the baby was very active, kicking their legs and bringing their little hands up to their head...I was so happy to see a nice strong heartbeat. However, the sonographer told me that the baby had a nuchal translucency of 7mm. It all changed so fast from there. I went from being so happy and amazed, to crying, then being comforted by a consultant and midwives within 30 minutes.

They told me that there was no point in combining this result with my blood test from the previous week, as they knew it would be high risk/abnormal. It was suggested that I have the CVS, which is a diagnostic test. I agreed to this, and am booked in for this Tuesday coming. I feel so sick and havenít stopped crying. They told me there are 3 possible outcomes from this which are:

1. The baby is absolutely fine
2. The baby has a condition such as Downs Syndrome or another chromosomal abnormality
3. The baby has a heart defect

Iíd like to hear from those of you who had a very high NT measurement at your 12 week scan, only if you feel comfortable telling me, that is. Whether it was a good or bad outcome, Iíd still like to know. Also, how did you find the CVS? Any information is much appreciated.

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May 26th, 2018, 15:52 PM   #2
 
Hi!

First of all congratulations on your much wanted pregnancy. I had similar scares with both my pregnancies, although the measurement was around 3mm, both times my doctor found the measurement to indicate high risk. I had the CVS both times and both times everything came back fine. I have an 8 year old daughter and I'm currently at 24 weeks with my second daughter.

High risk means anything over a 1/300 chance. I had a 1/50 which sounds huge but in the end it's just 2%. I know it's a difficult and stressful situation but stay strong and hopeful, you'll have your results soon and it's more than likely everything is fine. Hoping for the best for you!! Xxx
 
 

 
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May 26th, 2018, 15:53 PM   #3
 
I forgot to say!! The CVS is stressful but in the end it's a quick procedure and although it is definitely uncomfortable it's not particularly painful.
 
 

 
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May 26th, 2018, 19:22 PM   #4
 
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I forgot to say!! The CVS is stressful but in the end it's a quick procedure and although it is definitely uncomfortable it's not particularly painful.
Hi there

Thank you for replying. Iím glad you received a positive outcome! I feel sick to my stomach and canít think about anything else. Iíve read a lot of stories where women have been given a high NT measurement (some of them 8mm-10mm) and everything turned out ok. Do you remember how long it took to get the results from your CVS? Thanks again for your reply and congratulations on your pregnancy. Wishing you all the best x
 
 
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May 27th, 2018, 08:45 AM   #5
 
Hi! I received a phone call within 2-3 days both times.

It's perfectly normal that you can't think of anything else. I was the same both times, despite hearing and reading about many happy outcomes with worse probabilities. The good news is that after the CVS you will know very soon. The test itself is 10-20 minutes depending on how easy it is to get a sample.

Stay strong! Lots of hugs xx
 
 

 
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May 27th, 2018, 12:49 PM   #6
 
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Hi! I received a phone call within 2-3 days both times.

It's perfectly normal that you can't think of anything else. I was the same both times, despite hearing and reading about many happy outcomes with worse probabilities. The good news is that after the CVS you will know very soon. The test itself is 10-20 minutes depending on how easy it is to get a sample.

Stay strong! Lots of hugs xx
Hiya and thanks again for getting back to me. Hopefully I should get some results by Friday then. Itís the waiting thatís stressing me out. I just want it over and done with so I can move forward, whether good or bad news. Thanks again for the info and support, I appreciate it x
 
 
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Jun 3rd, 2018, 16:09 PM   #7
 
Just a quick update for anyone in a similar position with a very high NT measurement. The CVS results came back clear - no chromosomal problems!
 
 
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Jun 3rd, 2018, 18:13 PM   #8
 
So pleased for you
 
 

 
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Jun 3rd, 2018, 19:36 PM   #9
 
Oh how wonderful! What a fantastic update
 
 

 
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Jun 3rd, 2018, 21:45 PM   #10
 
So pleased the results came back clear for you. x
 
 

 
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Jun 3rd, 2018, 22:27 PM   #11
 
That's wonderful. Keep us updated about your 20 week scan.
 
 

 
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Jun 4th, 2018, 07:14 AM   #12
 
Yay!!! Such great news, I'm so happy for you .
 
 

 
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Jun 5th, 2018, 01:57 AM   #13
 
Thanks everyone. I’ve to have a “reassurance” scan at 16 Weeks (21st June) and then another which will likely be at 20 Weeks to check for heart defects. I’ll update this post after each scan. Hopefully the high NT is just one of those things that can’t be explained. Thanks again ladies x
 
 
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Jun 24th, 2018, 17:39 PM   #14
 
Hope all was well with the next scan
 
 
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Jun 24th, 2018, 18:33 PM   #15
 
I just popped in to say that I have a child with DS, and I had a CVS with my second pregnancy because of this. I found it a very unpleasant experience and really quite painful. It's not something g I would ever do again.

If you have any questions about DS or the testing. I'm happy to help. (nothing you can say or ask can offend me because I asked them all myself)

Also. I'm not for one second saying that baby has DS... I just know that I'm a researcher and that's what I'd want to do. Aaron had a post natal diagnosis so we never had any testing with him
 
 
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