What You’ll Find Out from an NT Scan During Pregnancy

What You’ll Find Out From an NT Scan During Pregnancy:

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One of the most important scans during pregnancy is the nuchal translucency test. It is a regular part of prenatal care as it may give you vital information about the health of your baby.

A lot can be determined from this test and it helps to provide reassurance for many first time mothers or those who have risk factors for potential birth defects. Of course, no test is 100 percent accurate and there will always be a small element of doubt. However, if there are any concerns, you should ask for an ultrasound. The purpose of the scan is to check the growth plates in the baby’s neck as these are vital for bone and tissue growth. It can also determine if your child has too much or too little fluid around their brain.

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There are two scans which can be carried out during pregnancy, the first of which is usually at around 12 weeks and the second in at around 20 to 22 weeks. The first is called a Transabdominal (TA) and the second an Intra Uterine (IU).

The first is a regular ultrasound scan which looks at the development of the baby and it’s progression. The nuchal translucency test consists of the sonographer spreading a special gel on your stomach and then moving the ultrasound device across your stomach. You will be able to see the ultrasound screen as it moves around you and it will look something like this:

The dark areas are the parts where the sound waves are able to pass through, mostly through the baby’s body and the light areas are where they are reflected. The areas circled above are where the nuchal fold test is carried out.

The nuchal translucency (NT) is calculated by taking the measurements of these folds and comparing them to the expected measurements for that stage of pregnancy. In a normal, healthy baby the highest measurement should be between 1.5 and 2.4mm and anything outside this range will require further testing.

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There is no pain experienced during the test, in fact you will usually be able to interact and watch what is happening on the screen. You will be able to see your baby moving around and at this stage you may even be able to hear their heartbeat.

You should ask for the audio to be turned down as it can become quite overwhelming to listen to! The technician performing the test should be able to tell you everything they are seeing and advise you on what is happening.

The nuchal translucency test can show up problems even when everything seems fine. It is extremely rare, but babies can be born with defects even if the NT scan shows that they are normal.

However, it can give you a great deal of reassurance that all is well if there is nothing obviously wrong with the NT measurement.

If you are given the all clear after this test, you can continue with your pregnancy without needing to worry. Most women are able to have an early uneventful birth and enjoy the rest of their pregnancy free from further complications.

If there are any concerns, however, you may need to have further testing or even an amniocentesis.

Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy

The decision whether or not to have an NT scan is an extremely personal one. You need to weigh up both the pros and cons in your particular situation as well as your own feelings towards the test.

If you do decide to have the test, make sure you tell your doctor or midwife that you have opted for one so they can tailor the rest of your pregnancy and delivery accordingly.

Regardless of whether or not you have an NT scan, remember that you are in the driving seat of your own pregnancy. Whether it is a positive test or a negative one, you have the power to alter many of the circumstances through how you react and what decisions you make going forward.

Work within your means and keep yourself and your baby as healthy as possible.

Happy (healthy) pregnancies!

You have been putting off having the nuchal translucency scan but finally schedule it in for two weeks time. The next two weeks pass by and you try not to dwell on what can happen or the results.

You take each day as it comes and try to relax as much as possible. Finally the day comes and you are all set to have your scan.

You arrive at the hospital and go to the room set aside for the ultrasound scans. The technician starts up the machine and begins to apply the jelly to your stomach.

You watch as the screen comes to life and a black and white picture of your baby appears. There on the screen in full color are your baby’s hands, feet, legs, torso and even their head! You feel yourself melt as you watch them moving on the screen. They seem to be waving at you and you seem to wave back.

Your technician points out various parts of your baby for you to look at, the head, the heart, the stomach, the spine. Everything looks normal and you can see everything that you were shown in your class at the hospital.

You feel a mixture of excitement and pride as you watch your baby on the screen.

So, are you having a boy or a girl?”

The technician asks as she puts the jelly on your stomach for the final time.

“We don’t know yet,” You reply as you watch tiny hand open and close.

“Oh, well I’d put money on it being a boy.” She smiles as she lifts the jelly away and starts packing up her things.

“Well I guess we’ll soon find out.” You reply as you watch your baby give a little wave.

Sources & references used in this article:

‘It’s something for you both to think about’: choice and decision making in nuchal translucency screening for Down’s syndrome by A Pilnick – Sociology of health & illness, 2008 – Wiley Online Library

‘It’s just one of the best tests that we’ve got at the moment’: the presentation of nuchal translucency screening for fetal abnormality in pregnancy by A Pilnick – Discourse & Society, 2004 – journals.sagepub.com

Nuchal translucency (NT) scan by NT An – babycenter.com.my

Can I have a scan before 10 weeks? by J BabyCenter – babycenter.com.au

Routine ultrasound examination during pregnancy: a world of possibilities by E Molander, S Alehagen, CM Berterö – Midwifery, 2010 – Elsevier