Baby steps (pun intended)

by Kathy on March 18, 2009 · 9 comments

in Baby Benson, Bob, Molly

Just a quick post to let you know I just spoke with the Genetic Counselor that Bob and I met with last Wednesday as part of the “First Trimester Ultra-Screen” test. It is a combined ultrasound and blood screen that helps identify babies who may have Down syndrome, Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18. Our results are based on odds that our baby might have any of these three chromosomal disorders. Prior to the test, based on my age (34) our baby had a 1 in 339 chance of having Down syndrome and a 1 in 622 chance of having Trisomy 13 or 18. Based on the test results, our baby’s risk of having Down syndrome has been significantly reduced to 1 in 4,928 and it’s risk of having Trisomy 13 or 18 has also been greatly reduced to less than 1 in 10,000.

We continue to realize that there are no guarantees, but do find hope in these results that our baby may not have any chromosomal disorders.

In case I haven’t made it clear in the past, it was determined from Molly’s autopsy that despite the very rare, severe and fatal combination of congenital heart defects that she had, which are sometimes linked with chromosomal disorders, Molly was found not to have any chromosomal disorders.

Thank you for your continued support, encouragement, thoughts and prayers. We are grateful to have made it this far, 13 weeks by my last menstrual period, though our baby has consistently measured bigger which would put us closer to 14 weeks gestation (the beginning of our second trimester — a big milestone). I will keep you posted.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth March 18, 2009 at 10:03 am

I’ve just begun following your blog and took the time to get all caught up on your earthly family and sweet Molly. I just want you to know how happy I am that you are expecting a little brother or sister for Sean and Molly, and that things appear to be going well thus far. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.


2 Jess March 18, 2009 at 10:15 am

Glad things look good still!! Onward and upward! 🙂


3 Katie March 18, 2009 at 8:45 pm

SO glad to hear this good news. . . things just keep getting better and better! I am so excited for your family!


4 Sassy March 18, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I’m so happy to hear things are going well.


5 T-Mommy March 19, 2009 at 8:55 am

So happy to know everything keeps going well and that everyday you are one baby step closer to make your long awaited dream come true!


6 A Mom in Jacksonville, FL March 19, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Yea! Glad that you continue to have a healthy pregnancy! Grow little one, grow! 🙂


7 Jo March 23, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I just had to stop by and say *Thank you* for my AWESOME socks! I love, love, love them and can’t wait to wear them. I’ll have them on Friday when I go in for my beta. . . .

And congrats on your results. Hoping that this baby sticks around the full nine/ten months and is born healthy and happy!

Much love,


8 Martha March 24, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Yeah for second trimester and normal screens!! Great Baby steps!!


9 Mommy In Waiting March 25, 2009 at 7:59 pm

glad to hear the good news—will keep you guys in my prayers.


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