Why am I having a 16 week scan....

(6 Posts)
StormBird Thu 23-May-13 14:01:21

I'm probably completely over-thinking this whole situation but could do with a bit of reassurance as I have suddenly started to panic somewhat.

I have a history of pregnancies that end in termination due to Annencephally - 2 in fact - I had a very healthy little boy in between.

So as you can well imagine this time round discovering the baby was 'healthy' and that our Downs risk was 1:16000 was completely overwhelming and we are so excited.

The Sonographer was very happy with what she saw at 12 weeks but insisted on a 16 week scan so the consultant could check the spine and rule out spina bifida.

Is this just a precaution or would you say we had something to worry about. If you're happy with what you see, why not just do this at 20 weeks?

Please tell me I'm being a nob.

woodsies1975 Thu 23-May-13 14:04:42

I won't tell you you're being a knob because I can understand your worries and think they are totally justified in the circumstances. Is it worth ringing your midwife and asking her/him? Maybe some scans are better done when the baby is still smaller? I don't know, but if I was you I would be finding out why so I could put my fears to rest. Here's hoping it's totally normal and you have a happy and healthy pregnancy.

diege Thu 23-May-13 15:19:24

I do seem to recall the screening mw telling me some time ago when I was pregnant with dd1 that they can see signs of spina bifida from 16 weeks. I would suspect in your case she is simply booking you in (as she would anyone) as early as possible, based on your past history and NOT due to anything suspicious she saw on your 12 week scan xx

Hobbes8 Thu 23-May-13 15:22:56

I've already been told I'll be under the care of a consultant and will have additional growth scans, based on what happened in my previous pregnancy, and I'm only 8 weeks. I had iugr last time and was induced at 36 weeks. There's no evidence yet that I'm at risk of it happening again, so they're just being cautious. Try not to worry, but call your midwife if you want more reassurance - they should be happy to address your concerns.

AuntieStella Thu 23-May-13 15:25:47

It's a precaution, and routine with some conditions. We had issues PG1, and susequent PGs were scanned at 12, 16, 20 and 24 weeks. And they were all fine.

StormBird Thu 23-May-13 20:31:12

Thanks everyone, why calling my MW for reassurance hadn't crossed my mind is beyond me. I will give her a call tomorrow. And i've spoken with my DP which I hadn't done before. Thanks again for your posts, i'm already feeling a bit calmer xxxx

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