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November 17th, 2006, 09:34 AM
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I am new to this site so I thought I would introduce myself first. I am Melissa, 26 years old, a mommy of 2 little girls ages 1&2. I am almost 12 weeks pregnant with my third little one!! My first child was born prematurely but other than that we had no health problems with her. With my second I opt to take the test that tells you what your risks are!! Big Mistake! It came back that I was at high risk for a baby with trisome 13, so with much worry I preceeded to see a specialist. After having a level II u/s everything was fine and we had a healthy baby.
This time around has been no walk in the park already. I am finding myself very depressed. The doctor had told me at my 6 week ultra sound that there was a small tear in the placenta and that he felt it was something that would heal on its own but he would monitor it!! I had an ultrasound on Monday at 11 weeks and the doctor called yesterday with the results. He said that the radiologist at the hospital read the ultrasound and he felt that there was some abnormal swelling/thinckening in the chest/abdominal cavity. I am so worried. I have tried and tried to find information on the internet but there is so many sites it is overwhelming. I decided to find a message board were maybe other women has had this problem. I am going to a specialist on Wednesday for a level II but that does not ease my mind for the time being. So to my question, has anyone had this happen before & does anyone know what could cause this? The doctor said it could be an error and that he wanted to be sure but I want to be prepared for anything!!

Thanks a million

Melissa

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November 17th, 2006, 05:42 PM
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I am sorry to hear about your abnormal ultrasound. We went through a similar scare. on our regular ultrasound they found two markers abnormal fluid in the kidneys and a cyst in the brain. Both of these are soft markers. Of course I was a complete wreck. We went for the level two and they said the kidneys where fine and there was nothing else wrong besides the cyst. The doctor we saw felt that since the baby had no other markers he would be fine. We had a good Quad results so we decied against amino.
What you have to remeber is that alot of what they see on ultrasounds are just soft markers. They show up in normal babies too. It does not mean something is wrong. Since we went through our thing I have talked to lots of people who have had 1, 2 and even 3 soft markers and gone on to have normal babies. From what I read they soft markers frequently scare parents to be for no reason.
I know its hard but try not to worry till you go to the level two and really talk to the doctor. I though for sure our baby had serious problems but going to the level 2 and talking the doctor really put our risk in perspective. Also remeber at your age your risk is minimal
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November 18th, 2006, 06:01 AM
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I am sorry to hear about your abnormal ultrasound. We went through a similar scare. on our regular ultrasound they found two markers abnormal fluid in the kidneys and a cyst in the brain. Both of these are soft markers. Of course I was a complete wreck. We went for the level two and they said the kidneys where fine and there was nothing else wrong besides the cyst. The doctor we saw felt that since the baby had no other markers he would be fine. We had a good Quad results so we decied against amino.
What you have to remeber is that alot of what they see on ultrasounds are just soft markers. They show up in normal babies too. It does not mean something is wrong. Since we went through our thing I have talked to lots of people who have had 1, 2 and even 3 soft markers and gone on to have normal babies. From what I read they soft markers frequently scare parents to be for no reason.
I know its hard but try not to worry till you go to the level two and really talk to the doctor. I though for sure our baby had serious problems but going to the level 2 and talking the doctor really put our risk in perspective. Also remeber at your age your risk is minimal[/b]



Thank you so much for your help. I have not been told about what "soft markers" are though so I was a little confused. Is the soft markers just to tell where there might be a problem? You have helped to put my mind at ease although it is natural to worry as I am sure you did also. I am glad that your little one is going to be ok. Thanks for your help!! Please respond though and let me know what soft markers are. Good Luck and take care!

Melissa
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November 18th, 2006, 07:52 AM
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There is actually alot of debate about soft markers becuase they frequently provide false positives. Doctors are still wondering if they are even worth using becuase they frequently just scare parents for no reason. Soft markers occur in normal infants as well as infants with problems. The reason doctors worry is that they occur more frequently with infants with problems. THe problem is that it has just been recently that doctors have been doing more ultrasounds so they are finding more incidents of soft markers becuase they are finding them in alot of normal babies. For example one such soft marker is the cyst they found in my babies brain. What helped me was this website http://choroidplexuscyst.org/ on it there are tons of people who have had the same thing and normal babies. I am glad you are feeling a little better. Of course you are going to worry. Its natural we want the best for our babies. When I first found out I cried for 3 days. I was devestated.
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November 18th, 2006, 08:51 PM
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First off I'd get a second opinion. I'm an ultrasound tech and there is not way to see the placenta at 6wks along. NO WAY. Also I'd request that the u/s done at 11 wks be repeated when the baby is further along, like 18-20 wks. It is a lot easier to see the chest cavity then.

Try not to stress too much. I know it's easier said than done.
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November 19th, 2006, 07:22 AM
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First off I'd get a second opinion. I'm an ultrasound tech and there is not way to see the placenta at 6wks along. NO WAY. Also I'd request that the u/s done at 11 wks be repeated when the baby is further along, like 18-20 wks. It is a lot easier to see the chest cavity then.

Try not to stress too much. I know it's easier said than done.[/b]

Thanks alot for your help. They did the ultrasound transvaginaly, does that make a difference? I have been so scared thinking that something was wrong. I am 12 weeks today and I thought it was way to early to make an asumption about the chest cavity when the baby is still so small. I guess that is why my OB is sending me to a specialist. I have my ultrasounds done at our local hospital, hopefully he just read it wrong! I see the specialist on Wednesday of this week so hopefully he can put my nerves at ease and tell me about it. Thanks so much!!!

Melissa
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November 19th, 2006, 01:28 PM
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I'm glad your going to a specialist. I pray tht all is okay.
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