Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nuchal Translucency Test Tomorrow

We have our NT test tomorrow (see below for description of test).  Just a bit nervous but excited to have another ultrasound and take a look around. Everything seems to, up to this point, be progressing well with our pregnancy, and this is just another hurdle to get over.  After this we will be 12 weeks (on Saturday!).  Which means we're headed in to the second trimester and I'm extremely glad to report that time is actually starting to move fast.  In fact, I was noticing the other day that I was more panicked about actually having a baby then any complications.  I don't want to jinx anything but it's funny how there's always something to be preoccupied and/or worried about in this process.  And I know, I know, the worry never ends.
Overall we are just super, super excited and on our trip to Los Angeles this past weekend, we got to check out some very modern looking strollers.  Those LA parents sure know how to cart their little bambinos around!  I'm kinda liking this Stokke Xplory stroller at the moment.  With my height, I think it'll do well for me to not be having to bend over all the time!  Cool huh?!  You can click the photo to see the full site.

During our trip, which was to visit our very good friends in California for the Halloween long weekend, we actually got to meet Jason and Adrian of the Stalking the Stork blog.  It was so cool to hang out and catch up, talk about our anxieties, hopes and fears, and GET EXCITED!  They are just a few weeks behind us...and as many of you know, they've got FOUR in there!  You guys are gonna be awesome dads, Jason and Adrian...but maybe it's time to build another room, or two, on the house?! It was also just a fabulous experience to meet a fellow blogger.  I'd post a photo but I lost my phone over the weekend in West Hollywood (don't ask) and so this will have to suffice for now...

UPDATE: Here's the photo...thanks Jason!  (I had to de-red eye my eyes and it didn't work too well! LOL)

Please say a little prayer and think good thoughts for our test tomorrow.  We are all staying positive on this end....!  Take care and good luck to everyone.

What is the nuchal translucency screening test?
This prenatal test (also called the NT or nuchal fold scan) can help your healthcare practitioner assess your baby's risk of having Down syndrome (DS) and some other chromosomal abnormalities as well as major congenital heart problems.

The NT test uses ultrasound to measure the clear (translucent) space in the tissue at the back of your developing baby's neck. Babies with abnormalities tend to accumulate more fluid at the back of their neck during the first trimester, causing this clear space to be larger than average.

The NT scan must be done when you're between 11 and 14 weeks pregnant. (The last day you can have it done is the day you turn 13 weeks and 6 days pregnant.) It's usually offered along with a blood test in what's known as first-trimester combined screening.

Like other screening tests, an NT scan won't give you a diagnosis. But it can assess your baby's risk for certain problems and help you decide whether you want to have chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis to find out whether your baby is actually affected.


  1. You now have the photo. You're welcome. :) And it was great to meet you two, as well!
    Good luck with the test!

  2. Great photo....good thoughts for continued smooth sailing....looking forward to your next 'exhale' post!

  3. NT scan is scary, then the triple marker, then... then... it just never ends! All the best for a small NT opening! Love the pic!!
    Glad you liked my halloween pics..we thought they were a riot too!

  4. I love how all of the bloggers are becoming friends. It's so great to be a part of this online community and support each other as we all go through this together!

  5. Jeez Doug. This a $1,000 stroller!
    Can we borrow it when you're done?

  6. Isn't it great Michael?
    Jeff and Kevin -- thats what baby showers are for! :-)