First Trimester of Pregnancy — Ultrasound | Parents

The thing that everybody is most anticipating
and most excited about is, you know, taking a really good look at that baby and also many,
many of them. Wanna know, you know, is my little baby a boy or a girl. And so, this
is a very exciting moment. 16 weeks is the point now where we do what’s called the initial
anatomy screen so that the sonographer will look at all of the structures in the baby
( the heart, the spine, the brain, the stomach, the kidneys, the heart, the gender ) and let
you know that everything looks good, and strong, and healthy. So that’s a really important
moment. It’s not completely done at 16 weeks. This test used to be done at 20 weeks and
so there are a few tiny parts of it that need to be completed at 20 weeks. We feel strongly
that limited ultrasound exposure in pregnancy is fine and has proven through the test of
time that there’s no harm to it. There are kind of 3 different results that can come
out, you know. It can be everything is there and it’s perfect and everything looks great
and that’s obviously the result that everyone wants to have. From time to time, there are
sonographic findings that don’t look exactly like every other baby and then obviously this
causes tremendous anxiety because you worry if our baby’s brain looks a little bit different
or your baby’s heart looks a little bit different and so then that leads to, as you can imagine,
many, many weeks of followup testing, evaluation, analysis to figure out, you know, what is
this difference and is it something that mattes or is it something that doesn’t matter and
is it something that can be — and then what can we do based on this difference that we
see to help this baby. It almost always turns out alright. But from time to time, you see
things that are, you know, big and bad. There is a second blood screen, which is really
just a followup to the first one. It just makes the first one a tiny bit more accurate,
a tiny bit more refined; and it’s called the modified sequential blood test and so that’s
a blood test that’s done at 16 weeks.

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