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    Default Question re Spina Bifida testing and due dates

    Hi Ladies,

    First time poster here Hubby and I have discovered we're pregnant after trying for exactly 2.5 weeks (according to my doc I am now 5 weeks 6 days). We realise how blessed we are to have this happen so quickly and are so excited (although cautiously as it seems so early!).

    I'm trying to shake a bit of anxiety as I have a older brother with Spina Bifida. At my first appointment with my GP he told me they would check for this at the 12 weeks ultrasound (I'm also having a blood test a week before to go along with this). Since looking online though it seems this information is incorrect and that they wont' be able to detect SB until 20 weeks? I'm concerned as this is currently my biggest concern and I was hoping to keep the pregnancy a secret until we had the all clear. 20 weeks seems like it might be a bit difficult especially considering I will be a bridesmaid at 16 weeks!

    Another quick question, my LMP was 27th December and my cycle is normally somewhere around 35 days. Doc said I was due 2nd October but that seems to be based on a normal 28 day cycle. Is that strange or should I stick with his due date for now?

    I've left details with my local birth centre where I hope to be able to birth but only time will tell, maybe they can provide more thorough info on my first appointment?


    Thanks in advance for your help. Being a born worrier, it's so hard not to stress about every little thing!
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    It pays to mention I've been taking a higher dose of folate for almost 6 months now
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    First trimester screening does not give a risk figure for spina bifida, however 2nd trimester screening (maternal serum screening test) does give you a risk figure for neural tube issues such as spina bifida.

    By 12 weeks, the neural tube and spine are fully formed and issues may be detected via ultrasound, especially if they are specifically looking for it. Milder problems may not be detected until later in the pregnancy when baby is bigger.

    best wishes,

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    Hi Supa,

    Congrats on your pregnancy!

    I also have a sibling that has Spina Bifida and felt quite similar to you when I fell pregnant both times. The NT really does not test for Spina Bifida (the Dr doing the scan and nurse taking the blood told me this) it was not till the morph scan that they can really check for sure but the NT scan can point out possible indicators. The other interesting thing the nurse told me at the NT scan is that my risk factors of having a child with Spina Bifida was no greater than a person with no family history but she said my sister with it had a far greater risk.

    If you have been taking the higher dose folate that will also greatly reduce the risk. Thankfully both times for me both bubs have been perfectly fine.

    I know it must be hard not to worry but you have done all that you can do to reduce your risk.

    All the best for your pregnany

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    Congrats on your pregnancy.

    My first bub had a very serious but also very rare neural tube defect that wasn't picked up until my morph scan. All first trimester screens and US were normal.

    If you have been on high dose folate for that long hopefully everything will be fine though. all the best for a healthy pregnancy.

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    Thank you all for your answers! I'm trying to be optimistic, I'm sure it will all be fine. Not sure if I'll burst waiting longer than 14 or so weeks to tell everyone!


 

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