12 January 2010

Level II Results

First, I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Your continued support means so much to us and we can not thank you enough.

The appointment went well. It went really well. Yet, I still have this anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach. I guess it's just left over nerves that will fade away as I bask in the glory of this appointment.

As we went in, the first thing we did was meet with a genetic counselor. She was so sweet and carefully explained exactly what it means to have a intracardiac echogenic focus. Basically, she said that the only thing it does, is increase your chances of having a baby with Downs Syndrome. She said that the ultrasound tech would carefully measure every little detail about the baby and the doctor would look at everything and determine if there were any other markers for Downs. She then took our family history and was able to calculate the exact chances of Brynn having Downs Syndrome based on history coupled with just the one echogenic focus. If they find more markers during the ultrasound, then she would calculate our new risk based on those results.

For a healthy 30-year-old woman like myself, the chances of having a baby with Downs is 1 in 700. Due to the echogenic focus, it increases the chances by 1.8% to 1 in 400. If they find more markers during the ultrasound, it would increase even more, but if they don't find anything at all {meaning the echogenic focus is no longer present} then it would go back to 1 in 700.

The most important thing that the genetic counselor stressed to us was that the echogenic focus alone would not affect Brynn's heart what-so-ever. Her heart is perfectly healthy and functioning normally. Why didn't she just start with that?? That's ALL I care about!

We then went in for our ultrasound. She was beautiful. It was so great to just lay there and look at her for such a long period of time. She would kick me and I could feel it from the outside as well. She's getting so big and strong {and weighing in at almost a pound at 20w3d.} She looked adorable and the tech got some great shots of everything. After the tech was finished, she went to get the doctor so that he could review the results. He came in to the room about 5 minutes later...

After reviewing the results, the doctor told us that Brynn still has an echogenic focus on her heart, however everything else about her looked absolutely perfect. Perfect. He said there's a 99.75% chance that we will deliver a perfectly healthy baby in May and not to worry about a thing. I like those odds.

Thanks again everyone!
xoxo

Oh, and she is still a SHE. =)

17 comments:

Kristen L. said...

Oh Jen, I am soooooo glad to hear that everything went well!!! I have been thinking about you guys ALL day! I can't wait to meet beautiful baby Brynn!!!

Molly said...

Oh I am SO relieved for you! I know the odds can still be worrisome (our baby has a 1 in 299 chance he would have DS because I'm 31) but we had the same sigh of relief as you. I knew Brynn would be just perfect in there for you! She's gonna look just like you, I bet!

Art & Becky said...

You have been in my T&P's today. I am sooo happy everything is ok. I dont even know you but I have been waiting for the results all day.

Nick, Jen + Hannah said...

So glad the level II went well and the doctor told you good news! Brynn is going to a beautiful and healthy little girl!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad everything went well today for you. You were on my mind all day.

Yuliya A. said...

I'm so glad everything went well at the u/s. Brynn is going to be perfect!

Shauna said...

Great news!! Glad everything went well!

Mrs Gloves said...

Yay for a healthy Brynn!

Carolyn said...

I found your blog through a friends blog, but wanted to tell you, my daughter who is now 3.5 months old, had a echogenic folic on her heart as well, they saw during both our big U/S and at our level II. She is perfectly fine and it went away on its own (my doctor checked again around 35 weeks per my request). I know its easier said than done, but try not to worry, according to my doctor it is pretty common and he said he sees them quite often.

Candace said...

I'm glad to hear everything went well. I was thinking and praying for you today.

jenni said...

Thanks so much everyone! xo

Carolyn- That's what our doc told us at well. And the genetic counselor mentioned that it's the most common reason to have a level II b/c it's seen in almost 20% of babies. Congrats on your healthy baby girl =)

Toni said...

So happy to hear that!!

Gina said...

So happy to hear that! Wonderful news!

Jill said...

Happy to hear this update. I think that the leftover nerves are completely normal -- that's because you're a loving parent.

Molly Jean said...

Now is the time to have that big sigh of relief, momma! I'm so glad to hear everything went well. Big hugs to you :)

Jeannie said...

I'm SO SO glad that everything turned out! I can only imagine the relief!

The Bozo's: said...

I am so happy that everything turned out well for Brynn!! YAY! Now I can't wait to see her ;-) Hope you continue to have a happy and healthy pregnancy!

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