Matt and I had our first trimester screening yesterday. The first trimester screening is an “optional, noninvasive evaluation that combines a maternal blood screening test with an ultrasound evaluation of the fetus to identify risk for specific chromosomal abnormalities, including Down’s Syndrome Trisomy-21 and Trisomy-18.” (http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prenataltesting/firstscreen.html)
A positive result on this test does not mean our baby has a chromosomal abnormality, it just means that our baby may be more likely to have a chromosomal abnormality.
It was important to Matt and I to do this test because if it comes back positive we want to give ourselves as much time as possible to prepare for the additional needs our baby may have.
The best part about this screening is the ultrasound! The ultrasound evaluation measures “nuchal translucency” or the fluid beneath the skin behind baby’s neck.
What this meant for us, is that we got to stare at pictures of our baby for like 30 minutes while the ultrasound technician made all her measurements.
It was so amazing to see this fully formed (yet tiny) human being just hanging out inside me. It’s a little strange because I could see it on the screen and it was moving around like crazy (mostly standing on its head and being uncooperative) but I didn’t have any physical sensation to confirm the movements I was seeing. I’m really excited for when the baby gets big enough for me to feel it moving around.
Since the baby was on its head it was in the most difficult position ever for the technician to make her measurements. The ultrasound technician had me cough a few times to try to get the kid in a new position and it was soooooo cool to see it react to things I did. It was such a neat experience!
Anywho, we got a whole bunch of new pictures of our baby that I’ll be posting to the website as soon as we get them scanned in!