I received an early Christmas gift today, no not a Red Ryder BB Gun.
Last week I posted “Houston, we have nasal bones” with details on my NT ultrasound and first trimester screening test. The genetic counselor from my maternal-fetal medical specialist gave me a call. The results are in! We received good news that the results are normal and show a decreased chance of trisomy 13/18/21.
I understand that these are screening tests and not diagnostic tests, but they do allow me to breathe easier for the next month or so before we will get amnio test and results.
Here’s what we’ve got. The genetic counselor started with Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). Given my age, the normal statistics for a child with Down syndrome is 1 in 62, or a 1.61% chance. After the screening results, that number is now 1 in 627 for Baby A (.15%) and 1 in 660 for Baby B (.15%). Going from roughly a one-and-a-half-percent chance to one-tenth-of-a-percent chance is very heartening indeed. I was pretty happy about that.
I feel right now like one of my very favorite Christmas songs…
I am merry, my heart is light. Big hugs and much love –- Traci.