Tuesday, 7 October 2008

12w2d

Yesterday's scan revealed that the baby had grown to 64mm and that its heart rate was 162bpm. The nasal bone, stomach, bladder and brain were all clearly visible and, in the words of the consultant obstetrician who performed the scan, I therefore appear to be carrying a 'perfectly normal and healthy baby'.

The nuchal translucency was measured at 1.5mm. When combined with the results of my blood work, this gives us a 1 in 3,428 risk of having a child with Down's, and a 1 in 6,147 risk of Edward's or Patau's. I cannot even begin to convey how much of a relief these results are. Given my ovarian reserve issues, I have been worried that I may well be at increased risk either of another miscarriage, or of significant chromosomal abnormality.

But yesterday, as I listened to the heart beat, and watched my baby kick its legs and wave its arms, I allowed myself for the first time to fall in love with it just a little bit.

14 comments:

womb for improvement said...

Fantastic result.

Nice one.

BB and MTB said...

Congratulations!!

annacyclopedia said...

Beautiful, Ms. H. So glad the test results provided you with some relief and has opened the door to your feeling ok about falling in love with your wee little one.

Meghan said...

Wonderful news!!

mybabyquest.wordpress.com said...

I am glad to hear that eveything is progressing well. I hope it will give you some peace.

I too felt the fear and insecurities that something might go wrong. The sense of relief is huge.

Feel the love, enjoy it...

Sharon

Lanie said...

I'm so happy to hear that your u/s was so good. Congrats!

Mrs.X said...

That is so wonderful, my dear. Just keep breathing - you are doing so well.

s.e. said...

Superb news. It is o.k. to be elated now. I am so glad to hear the relief and joy in your voice. Fall deeply, madly in love.

The secret diary of an infertile said...

Great news.

Shinejil said...

Beautiful! Congrats!

Kath said...

Dear Ms. Heathen, oh, this is fantastic news! I am so very happy to read it.

luna said...

great news. you must be so happy and relieved!

luna said...

great news. you must be so relieved!

Malloryn said...

That is wonderful news :)