Thank you so much for all the well-wishes today!
I am so relieved! Our ultrasound was great! The tech said baby looks perfect so far!
Eric arrived just in time to check-in with me and then, get this, we were sent to waiting room 1. I’ve finally graduated to the normal pregnant people waiting room!!!
First we met with a genetic counselor who explained in-depth what the MaterniT21 blood draw tests, giving details about chromosomes and such. I could tell Eric was very bored, but he played along. The counselor reviewed our own genetic test results, from way back when we started this IVF journey, and then also questioned us regarding our family and if any close or even extended relatives were born with chromosome abnormalities. Thankfully there is no such history on either side.
Next, the ultrasound. And another milestone, a normal, on my belly ultrasound. No undressing! I was thrilled! And even more thrilled when I saw the first picture of baby! I was in aw, it looks so much like a baby already, at only 80 days old. Arms, legs, moving all over the place. Crazy, right. I mean, truly a miracle! The tech had a bit of a difficult time measuring the nuchal translucency, the collection of fluid behind the neck, since baby was moving around like crazy. (I have a small confession to make. I was craving a Coke or Pepsi today, so I might have had a little, regular, with caffeine, a few hours earlier.) I’m not sure the average measurement, but I could see the max on the screen was 1.63mm. They like the measurement to be less than 2.5mm, so the ultrasound confirms there is not an increased risk for down syndrome. Baby measured one day ahead at 11w4d, so growing well, and heart rate was 155 bpm, great as well!
After the ultrasound was complete a nurse had me sign a consent form for the MaterniT21 test, she confirmed my identity, and then drew two vials of blood. The results should be available in about a week.
I’m extremely relieved that everything looked great on the ultrasound, but still nervous for the genetic results of the blood test. For the time being though, I’m going to focus on the positive and look forward to the gender reveal. Oh, and continue praying this morning sickness period is almost complete!