I was wondering whether anyone else has had the same feedback from a 20-week scan? We went for the anomaly scan today (at 19 weeks) and were told that our little one has an 'echogenic bowl'. The doctor told us that this could have various reasons: it could just be 'one of those things', it could mean it had swallowed some blood, it could be due to and infection... no big worries so far. However, it could also be due to the baby having cystic fibrosis, down syndrome or one of the life-threatening trisomy chromosome conditions. When she told us this I started to get worried, and once I'd read up on all those serious conditions I was a right mess. What if our little one has Trisomy 13/18/21? It says many of these babies are stillborn or don't live for long?
Because this scan was a private one (delay in the NHS one), the doctor advised us to wait until I have my NHS one at 22 weeks, which is 3 more weeks to go! We were told that if the scan would then still show up as 'echogenic bowl', we'd be tested for CF and could have the test for downs etc by having a needle inserted through the stomach, which carries a small risk of miscarriage. All of this just doesn't sound great to me, and I am going to be a mess for the next three weeks! There is one alternative, which is a £600 private blood test, which takes 14 days to return with the results.
Am I stressing out for no reason? I can just see my great dream of having my little family by Christmas slipping away - I know this might sound melodramatic, but it really scares me that something major might be wrong now.
Has anyone else been through this? It'd be great to have some feedback or advice.