Hi ladies, first post on here, and first baby.
If anyone has any words of wisdom, then I could use some support.
Basically, had my scan today at 21 weeks 2 days, and mostly everything was fine, except my baby boy has RPD or 'baggy kidneys' is also what they were refered to as. Basically, I was told this by itself wasn't too serious and usually goes away by itself, but if it doesn't, then my son will be more prone to water infections and it is also linked to babies with chromosonal problems like downs symdrome. So they measured my babys nuchal fold twice, and although they said he wasn't in the best position, the fold was measured at 6mm, which is boarderline and anything over 6mm would be considered to give the baby a higher risk of having down's.
This is my first pregnancy and I have to say, as rational as I'm trying to be, I'm no less than worried out of my mind!
At my previous scan, the sonographer dated my baby at just 11 weeks so my baby was too small and in a bad position again, and therefore she didn't measure the nuchal translucency then. At 16 weeks I had the blood test which gave me a low risk of having a 1 in 25000 chance of having a baby with a choromosonal abnormality. I'm also only 22 so still fairly young so was expecting to be low risk, and I know that these tests are not diagnostic so I should try not to worry too much. I'm waiting to hear back from my Fetal Medicine Unit about booking in for another scan, and hopefully everything will look ok then. I'm not sure whether I would go ahead for amniocentesis as even if I was high risk, I don't think I could bring myself to have a termination, and the procedure itself has a risk of miscarrying.
I rang a helpline and they said I can opt for a blood test to be sent off to America where they can test for down's, but it will cost me £600 that I do not have. My mind is frazzeld and although I doubt anything will be really wrong with my baby, I'm also not dealing with the news very well!
Any advice or help or shared experiences would be appreciated, thanks x