Today’s appointment went as well as possible. We met with a genetic counselor to review family history and to understand the range of testing available to us at each stage of the pregnancy. We were pleasantly surprised to have the same counselor who talked with us during our pregnancy with Isaac. She remembered our story and was very thorough in updating our history, as well as explaining the options available.
Blood work was drawn on Patience for early screening of syndromes such as Downs and Edwards (Trisomy 18). Studies have shown correlation between the existence of syndrome/cardiac anomalies and the amount of fluid found at the back of the baby’s neck (nuchal translucency) between 11 and 13 weeks gestation. Normal range of fluid is 1 to 3 millimeters. Anything above 3 mm can be indication of a syndrome. Thankfully, our little one’s fluid measured right at 1 mm! Our baby’s skull and brain were also examined for early structural anomalies. We were grateful to hear none could be detected at this time. Everything measured today looked normal for this stage in the pregnancy. Praise God for a good report! We hope to hear back on the bloodwork results sometime next week.
The best part of our visit was certainly the ultrasound. Our baby was chomping away and waving, but had its face buried against the uterine wall. Of course, much like Isaac, our little one was refusing to give us a clear shot of its face and decided to fall asleep halfway. Those Leino kids are stubborn! Our ultrasound tech did happen to tell us the gender of Baby Leino. We’ll have it “officially” confirmed at our 18 week ultrasound, but usually this form of i.d. is 95% accurate.
Looks like we’re having a GIRL!