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Nashville, TN, United States
I am a mom to amazing twin girls, a wife, and I work full time. I battled infertility for 2 years and over the course of treatments, a twin pregnancy, and raising twins I managed to gain about 80 lbs. I’ve lost about 50 lbs so far and would like to lose another 50 in my quest to become a hot mama.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

NT Scan Results

For those who don't know, a NT scan is a "Nuchal Translucency" scan.  It is a prenatal test done between 11 and 13 weeks and uses ultrasound to measure the clear space in the back of the babies neck.  It is often coupled with a blood test to assess the babies risk of Down's syndrome and other chromosomal anomolies.

We opted to only have the u/s portion done...because selfishly I wanted to see the babies again but also because the blood portion of this screening is really only applicable to singleton pregnancies.  Otherwise it just takes the risk...divides it in 2...and applies the same risk level to both babies.  So if one baby has a high chance of having downs and one has a low chance...when they average them together it could look like both babies are just fine...or have a higher than average risk for Downs.  What's the point??  It won't chance how we proceed with this pregnancy.  I know plenty of babies with downs or even spina bifida who have perfectly fufilling lives.

Anyways...on to the results....Everything looked fine.  Both babies measured "within normal range."  I wasn't terribly worried that they were going to find somethign wrong...but you never know.  So now they send these results off to a lab and they come up with the specific risk ratio.  This will be coupled with my age (25).  So our ratio should be pretty low!

Both babies meausred almost a WHOLE week ahead!!  Baby A measured 11 weeks, 5 days with a heartbeat of 156 (which surprised me) and Baby B measured 12 weeks even with a heartbeat of 172.  I didn't realize that the heartbeats could change that drastically or be so different between two babies, but the u/s tech assured me that this is completely normal.  My hope is that maybe now I can differentiate between the two of them with my home doppler.

I was a little disappointed during the scan because both babies were LAZY!!!  Must take after my husband.  Off to great start I guess!  All kidding aside, I guess they were sleeping.  The u/s tech shook my tummy, pressed on it repeatedly with the u/s wand...but these stinkers would move a little...then go right back to sleep.  So the scan too MUCH longer than it should have trying to get them in a position where she could take the spinal measurements.  We even got to see the nasal bones of both babies.

So here are the latest pics:

Here are both babies in one shot.  Baby B is laying facing us, and baby A is a laying long ways so you can only see the top of it's body.

17 comments:

  1. Yay for good results!

    My insurance actually didn't cover the bloodwork portion of the scan, I guess because it's done by that lab in NY. I wish we hadn't even bothered with that part since it's so inconclusive.

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  2. Great news on the good results. I love sleeping babies. Glad things are progressing well for you.

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  3. Ooh, they're so cute! I'm glad everything went well!

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  4. They look adorable!!! I'm so glad that they're happy and healthy in there.

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  5. Aww I just love Baby A's profile pic and Baby B's face-on shot! I am so glad all was well at the ultrasound. Our babies always range widely in sizes, too!

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  6. Very cool, babies look like they're doing fantastic! They just must be too comfortable in there thats why they didn't want to move around too much:)

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  7. Congrats on the great scan. We had ours on Thursday and my little bean was being lazy and sleepy too. Reading your story made me feel much better.

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  8. great to hear the good news!!!

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  9. I saw your big reveal on FB and could not be happier for you sweetie!!! I am glad the NT scan went well and that you got to see your babies again!!

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  10. Congratulations on the great results! The pix are great - it's something wonderful for you to look at while you wait to see your little ones!!!

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  11. I remember the days when the sono got both my twins on the same screen because they were so little! Congrats on your pregnancy! I would love to feature your success story on my blog! Follow my link for the questions! Thanks so much in advance! Take it easy and good luck! ;-)

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  12. I'm happy for the good news!

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  13. Hurray for great results!! And they really look like babies now!!! In your sidebar ticker too!!! :) YAY!

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