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33 Week Ultrasound - Good & Bad News

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July 4th, 2009, 12:18 PM
kticesk8s's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I've been crazy busy, so I haven't had a chance to post about my last growth ultrasound (done Tuesday - I'm now 33 wks 4 days!).

The babies are continuing to grow well -- baby boy was 4lbs 10oz and baby girl was 4lbs 4 oz. Everything is good with me (bp very low, etc, etc), but I'm very ready to be done. My peri took one look at me from across the room and said he thought I was almost done...haha.

We did receive what is probably some very bad news about our little boy. The ultrasound tech spotted what she thought was an intestinal blockage - we'll be having another ultrasound on Tuesday to hopefully learn more. It wasn't a classic "double bubble," but it looked like it could be one -- this would indicate that our baby has some sort of duodenal atresia (blockage of the first part of the small intestine). If this is the case, he'll need to have gastrointestinal surgery immediately after birth.

Even worse news is that this defect is a strong marker for Down's - 30% of cases are seen in babies with Down Syndrome. No other DS markers have ever been seen on ultrasound, so we're staying hopeful (ex: his limbs are 80th percentile - DS is typically less that 5th, his nuchal thickness was 2.5 - DS is typically more than 6, nasal bone was present and normal, no cardiac or kidney defects, etc). I'm kicking myself for not getting the risk analysis screening done early on, but it's too late for that now, we just have to wait until the babies are born.

I keep obsessively running all the numbers through my head.... on my side are my age (30 at conception) and the fact that I'm having twins (only 15 in 1 million dizygotic twin pregnancies - .0015% - have a twin with DS). Hopefully this will all help us stay in that 70%. Also, it is a little strange that this was never picked up until 33 weeks.... we have had a LOT of ultrasounds during this pregnancy.

So assuming that there really is an intestinal blockage (more info coming in a couple of days), the best case scenario would be him having to have abdominal surgery and the worst case scenario would be surgery plus DS.

Please keep him in your t & p - we're still pretty stressed but educating ourselves and gradually coming to terms with all of the possibilities.
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July 4th, 2009, 12:54 PM
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T/P's for you. I can't imagine how stressful that would be, but try and relax and enjoy the last part of your pregnancy - after all thats all we really have control of .
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July 4th, 2009, 05:45 PM
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Wow, 33w 4d is exactly when I delivered. I am so bummed to hear about this potentially bad news for you this far into the game. I really am hoping and praying for the best, please KUP. I know its probably hard, but because you can't change anything, just try to look forward and relax and enjoy these last weeks of your pregnancy!
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July 4th, 2009, 07:56 PM
Celry's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I'll be thinking about you. I hope the tech is wrong and your little boy does not have a blockage. KUP on how everyone is doing.

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July 4th, 2009, 08:34 PM
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Sometimes those ultrasounds arent 100% accurate. I would not stess to much because I think if it was something serious that in one of the previous ultrasounds something to alert them would have been seen. It sounds like you have done your research and the odds are in your favor.
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July 5th, 2009, 11:56 AM
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I hope that everything goes well and they find out what it wrong it there is something.

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July 5th, 2009, 04:17 PM
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Many T&Ps!I hope that the ultrasound was not accurate.It's weird how they found something so late in the game considering how many ultrasounds we have during our pregnancy.The odds are defiantly in your favor though and it sounds like you've done alot of research.KUP on how things go!
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July 8th, 2009, 07:39 PM
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Hugs! Many Ts & Ps for you and baby boy!

Me: Lisa, Mommy to twins +1
8/5/08 Beautiful twin girls Leigh and Lucy born after 4-year struggle with RPL & 6 losses
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