April 24, 2015
Today was supposed to be normal. I dropped the kids off at school, went and got a bagel, and headed to my doctors appointment. I’m 19 weeks, 2 days pregnant, and had my anatomy scan this morning.
I’ve always had normal anatomy scans, and expected this one to be the same. Of course, I know that a normal ultrasound in no way guarantees a healthy, normal baby, but I’d already had four ultrasounds this pregnancy and everything has looked great. I’m feeling the baby move regularly and my belly has been getting bigger by the day.
Before I freak anyone out, everything is probably fine.
Our sweet baby has a choroid plexus cyst on his/her brain. These cysts are relatively common (1-2% of pregnancies) and usually disappear on their own by 28 weeks. However, in rare cases, they are a marker for Trisomy 18, which is fatal. My doctor said she has never seen a Trisomy 18 baby who didn’t have multiple abnormalities on ultrasound, and our baby looks perfect otherwise. This is definitely reassuring, but of course doesn’t eliminate all fear and worry.
I have never done any prenatal testing or screening, but today, I chose to do the second trimester screen for chromosomal abnormalities. It’s a blood test, and is only 75% accurate, but I’m hoping will give us some peace of mind. We’ll get results in about a week.
I need this to be ok. I already have one child with severe brain abnormalities who is facing major surgery in less than two weeks. I need to focus on him right now, and not on worrying about something that’s probably nothing. It better be nothing.