Hi mamma’s. 33 weeks and 5 says pregnant I don’t want to go into all the details of it because it’s been nothing short of traumatic, there was a close and sudden bereavement in the family 3 weeks ago and the last 3 weeks has been stress ontop of stress so much so I’ve been signed off work due to greif stress and anxiety. I’m aware stress isn’t good for a baby but I can’t help how my body has reacted… anyway yesterday i had a growth scan and on the scan they detected that the babies femur is measuring <5 centile, initally i didnt think anything of it only small baby as everything else on the scan was coming up normal except weight is a little less than it should be. Bloods are notmal, urine is normal, doppler test is normal and head and stomach are also measuring normal, until the doctor said this can be a soft mark for downsyndrome and other chromosome issues, they gave me a leaflet on a blood test called the harmony test that can give me either a “likely” or “unlikely” chance that baby has cromosone issues but cant say yes or no, this test is 500euro and with me being out of work due to grieving stress and anxitity im really not in a position to have it, also its a 12 day wait for results and im not even sure i want the test as its not like i can change the outcome at this stage anyway, im just wondering if anyone else has been in this position and the baby has come out ok? Or just small? Im climbing the walls with worry and the last few weeks has really knocked me for 6. The hospital now want me in on a weekly basis for monitoring doppler scans and growth scans. Thanks mammas
Help a mama out and respond anonymously on our forum. Should I be concerned about my ultrasound?
I was offered the test and I declined. I was having twins and I knew they would be smaller. My boys didn’t develop any chromosomal abnormalities. I knew I would love my babies no matter what
That’s something u need 2 talk 2 ur Dr about…we’re not medically trained 2 answer ur questions
The growth scans have an error of accuracy. I do not think it’s worth the added stress at this juncture. Continue taking one day at a time. Best of luck with whatever you decide.
My youngest femurs were short and she’s nothing sort of amazing and perfect. She’s now 3 weighs 26lbs and is 2ft 10in. Doctor says she’s perfect and petite.
I say just do it. You’re already stressed about it . At least if you do it and it’s a ‘yes’ then you have time to prepare, because things will be different
My son has Down syndrome. At this point, I wouldn’t do the test because there aren’t any other markers so it wouldn’t change his delivery. They’ll test the baby after birth, if they think it’s necessary. I did an amniocentesis because I wanted to know for sure since it could change my son’s care. We already knew he had intestinal issues and a heart condition. If your child does have DS, everything will be okay. Hugs.
Every single time I’ve heard women panic about this, they have the baby 3-6 weeks later, and there’s nothing wrong with the baby. Size or anything. Don’t panic, keep going in for the scans, etc— but remember, there’s not a whole lot that can be done about the size of the baby at this point, and the baby is likely fine either way. Worry not.
Oh lord u poor thing…pray hun n talk to ur doctor
I am measuring small as well. And I go for my growth scan soon. I’m just gonna stick with scans if need be.
But you would love it anyway…
Go with your gut! They said my son had trisomy 18th and wouldn’t live with my first prey. Followed up with the specialist for a second opinion and everything was normal. But it always crossed my mind if he was going to be okay or not. On his birthday he came out healthy and nothing wrong. Fast forward to my 2nd pregnancy they asked if I wanted the scan/test done and I refused I wasn’t going to go through that again!
It’s a marker basically means it can indicate down syndrome, but it doesn’t mean your baby has it, so there are other babies with the same marker that were not born with down syndrome.
All I can say is be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. We never had any tests like that done because it made no difference to us, we would love our babies the same no matter what.
With my now 3 year old my doc was concerned of having this exact issue, she was born perfectly fine, very short and alittle under weight, she’s now 3 and still small and petite but she is perfectly healthy
Just pray about it.ask God to give you peace. It is going to be what it is and nothing you did or can do can change it. You will love your perfect baby no matter what. I know its hard not to worry,but try not to worry. God bless you and your sweet baby.
I went through all of this testing and unnecessary stress for nothing with my son… he had multiple markers for downs and nothing was wrong he’s now 4… but also the test could be a blessing just in case so they are prepared at birth
I’d wait until you get another scan or 2 in as reads can change
I know a few including when my daughter was pregnant and all was good. Dont stress, besides u can’t change it & you’ll love the child no matter what
I would get the blood work. I have a son with lots of challenges and I wasn’t prepared. I had no idea till after birth. Even the blood tests I did nothing showed up. I love him dearly and see him as my life’s teacher. Sometimes everything is in Gods hands. Hopefully you can just try and enjoy the last bit of your pregnancy and things go well for you.
Have faith my friend
They thought my daughter had a chromosome issue and she is perfect! I was going to the doctor 3x a week two scans a week and lots of blood work. She was measuring under 3% and didn’t grow in a two week span. My health started to fail and they pulled her at 34 Weeks she was born 3lbs. Tomorrow she is 6 months old and perfect. Every baby is different every pregnancy is different so there is no true way to tell until the baby get here. Blood pressure can affect growth so if it has been high due to stress that can be the cause. In my situation it worked out!
I have 7 children my 1st born, 3rd born 4th born and 7th born i was told the same and they are all very healthy and happy my 1st born is 15 and 7th born is 1. Even if they did have something wrong i wudnt have had it any other way l wud love them all no matter what. Try not 2 worry and just take it as it comes once u hold that baby in ur arms it don’t matter even if it ad 24 heads u wud still love it. The way i see it it is what it is and if there is an issue then god sent that baby for a reason and nos ur strong enough to do what you gotta do x
Give it to God! He will walk beside you no matter what you have to face. But, it is hard and I get it. But most times they are wrong about these things. As far as stress and the baby, I won’t go into details but I was under tremendous stress when I carried my 3rd baby. My Dr. said that they, the babies are stronger than we think. My son is in his late 40’s and he is just fine. All that worrying for nothing. I’ll add you and your baby to my prayers. <3
So my 8 year old was said to have trisomy 18/Edward’s syndrome and had to see a genetic ob who did a very in depth ultrasound and still couldn’t say yes or no and wanted an animo done I rejected it and they basically kept trying to get me to abort him and telling me I would be lucky if he wasn’t still born and then told me if he did survive said I probably wouldn’t be leaving hospital with him and then said he wouldn’t survive past his 1st birthday he is really small for his age he’s below the 1st percent for height and weight we are just now getting his chromosome checked and we will possibly have to get ours done as well
My sister went through the same thing, and her little boy was indeed born with Downs syndrome. I’ll tell you what though… God doesn’t give you more than you can handle, and you will love that baby just the same whether they have downs or not… We wouldn’t trade my adorable nephew for anything!
My baby measured like that and all was fine, just a smell 4 pound babe
If you have a child born with DS,it will be the Greatest blessing of your lifetime!!! My best friend has a son with DS, she was scared and afraid when he was born.I told her the same thing,what a blessing! I’ll take that baby with DS over one without anyday…lol
Honestly if it doesn’t run in your family I wouldn’t worry to much about it. They can test after the baby is born. But even then “soft markers” can be like not having a wrinkle line in their hand (my son was tested after he was born because of not having a wrinkle)
Had a very similar situation with my baby at 30 weeks 4 days, which was a Thursday. Everything was good, but femur was measuring small. We were supposed to do an ultrasound the following Monday, but didn’t get to it because my son was born the day before. Besides having issues from being born 9 weeks early, he was perfectly fine. Now he is a healthy 5’0" 9 year old.
At this stage in pregnancy the best thing you can do is try to relax. You could spend a fortune on every test and still get no definite answers. Id spend my money on baby things while keeping in mind that baby COULD be disabled in some way then its not a shock if that happens.
I got the test because I wanted to be prepared in case there was something. I didn’t want to go blindly into it when I could be ready
I had to go thru all those texts only they started as soon as my pregnancy was found. (19 years ago now). Blood tests, ultrasounds, all that stuff. Seemed like they were testing all the time! They were texting for DS and spina bifida because of medication I was on at the time As much as I didn’t want that for my baby, I decided I was going to happily accept that if it was the case. So yes, I know how bad and worry some the tests can be… They will just help u be better prepared for your bundle of joy Good luck to you and ur baby
They told my friend the same and her daughter is perfectly fine
My mom had that test done when she was pregnant with me. They told her it was positive for Downs and suggested abortion. She asked if there was any other way to know and they gave her an amniocentesis. I came back 100% genetically normal and she found out I was a girl early (back in 95)
My first son was in the 1st percentile at growth scan at 25 weeks. I had to have scans done every 2 weeks 2hours away. We always took everything just in case of emergency induction or C-section. He was born at 40 weeks and 2 days. Weighing 7lbs 2.5oz. healthy as all get out. Try not to stress more momma. I personally wouldn’t do the test even if I had the money because it would make me stress more.
The same thing happened to me. They tried to mentally prepare me for my son to be born with Down syndrome. BUT he was born healthy as can be.
From a person who lost 6 babies (all with heartbeats before going on to have our 1st son) I’ll tell you this… they were “sure” my sons harmony test was way off. Told me his DNA was “scrambled”, he’d probably never walk, most likely never talk and probably had dwn syndrome. I immediately refused any other testing, I completely gave it all to God. He was born 19" long 7lbs 11oz. Today he’s 6yrs old and “advanced for his age”. My point, don’t let their negative words get in ur head, go to the one who created ur baby and trust in HIM. Try to relax momma, ur healthy baby needs you
I haven’t been in the same situation, but I just wanted to let you know from one momma to another that you and your family are in my prayers.
My oldest had a 80% percent chance of downs according to the dr, even went as far as telling me I could still abort. I didn’t, and he is gifted. External factors has me so stressed I lost weight at 8+ months pregnant, dr gave me Xanax to use as needed. I was concerned about the effects on the fetus, he told me the possibility of negative effects from the meds was far less than the negative effects of the stress and losing weight.
Talk to the dr about managing the stress, and try to worry only when you need to. Good luck!
If the results wouldn’t affect how you handle this pregnancy then I would wait. Honestly it will be what it will be. And you will love your child no matter what.
I had a similar experience I’m in the United States and insurance paid for mine, everything was normal. The measurement scans are known to have errors. Later on in my pregnancy they had estimated my son would be around 9-10 pounds at birth, he was born at 7 pounds 7 ounces. Had insurance not covered the costs at the time I just wouldn’t have been able to afford it.
Praying for a healthy pregnancy and delivery for you mama💞.
If the baby would have downs either way it doesn’t matter it cant be changed and it will not change the way you love or care for the baby! That baby will be perfect and just how their meant to be dont stress momma everything will be ok
I have heard many stories like this that were not true babies were born just fine and besides you can’t change it if it is just love your baby no matter what
At this point it’s your decision. I was told my daughter tested positive for DS and it was suggested I get an amniocentesis or if I wanted, I could think about abortion . I instantly said no to the abortion and then when they said I could potentially leak amnio fluid after the amniocentesis and it could harm the baby, I declined that as well. I just figured if my baby had DS then my baby would have it. I didn’t care either way. I didn’t think of it again until my u/s where they said she had a skin on the back of her neck indicating DS. Again, I didn’t care. She came out 7 lbs 3 oz 19 inches long and no DS. A baby with DS isn’t a death sentence
The results will give you peace of mind or a chance to get your head around anything that might come back