My 100th post and I never thought I'd be writing about this.
I got home from my business trip at 12:30 last night and had a message waiting from the OB. I've been scheduled for a level 2 u/s on Tuesday afternoon because they saw an echogenic focus in the heart on the u/s last Friday. The OB said this is very common. My research said this shows up in 3-5% of pregnancies and with some ethnic groups as high as 30%. But he said it is a soft marker for Down's. Cue the panic and tears. He said he isn't really worried because my IPS screening results were so good. From my research it looks like 1% of these = Down's which is really, really low. The risk jumps with bad screening results but I didn't have that. The risk jumps if they find something else on the u/s. The OB didn't mention anything else in the message but I think they'll be looking really in depth at the u/s next week. I'm just praying they don't find any other indicators. The risk also jumps if you are AMA, and I'm 37. The risk doubles.
There are no worries about an actual heart defect as this is a calcification and for some reason that seems to happen. It generally resolves in the 3rd trimester and if not then certainly after birth. So I'm not worried about that. I'm really worried that this is an indicator for Down's. IPS screening catches 90% of Down's cases. And this indicator + my age = a 2% risk. Yes, I know that is still really low but someone has to fall into that 2%. No one wants to be that 2%.
I thought I was out of the clear but now I feel horrible.
I'm going to try to focus on the small risk factor so I can enjoy my weekend away but it is going to be really, really hard.