Echogenic Foci Spots On The Fetus Heart

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momtobeofthree - January 19

Hi Dana37 - I will be keeping you in my thoughts and hoping for a healthy baby for you! You're almost there...not long to go now! Thank you for the kind words and for pa__sing on the test information - I'm going to look into it and hope that it might be an option! Hi de_hugh - Thank you for sharing the great news about your healthy baby girl! Stories like this are really helpful right now and I am hoping that I have the same story to report in June (which seems like so far away right now!). I was able to join the Facebook group yesterday and am thankful to have found it (with the help of this Forum). Were your results 1:7000 before or after finding the EIF's? They said mine are now at 1:5000 due to finding the EIF...I am having a hard time putting the numbers in perspective because of all the 'what if's' I am currently feeling. I am hoping that a little time will give me more perspective.

 

TwinMama2B - January 19

Hi momtobeofthree - I haven't been on this forum in awhile but I saw your comment above about how you went from a 1:7000 to a 1:5000 chance of having a baby with DS, based on the EIF finding. I understand that seems pretty scary. I had a 1:80 chance that my baby had DS, and I too was completely freaked out. However - when I did the actual math, that was less than a 1.3% chance that my baby would be born with DS, which meant on the flip side I had a greater than 98.5% chance that everything would be fine. Those, to me, were some really great odds! Your odds are even better...You have about a .02% chance that your baby could have DS - which means you have greater than a 99.9% chance that everything will be absolutely fine. If I were a gambling person, I'd want those odds! I know as soon as they say those words to you in an ultrasound, it freaks you out. I remember very well how I felt. But please don't let this news ruin your pregnancy. You and your baby are going to be just fine. And by the way - I had perfectly healthy twin girls a year ago.

 

de_hugh - January 19

Hi momtobeofthree my results were 1:7000 before and it didn't change after that. We also had an appointment with a Genetic Counsellor and she said it didnt' change what my quad results. They also mentioned that they go by the blood work/quad test which is accurate. My suggestion would be is to enjoy your pregnancy, continue visiting the Facebook Group all the wonderful stories and the support is wonderful. I have to be honest, I worried the first week of finding out about the EIF. After that I found the FB group and made the decision not to stress myself as I knew the stress is not healthy for the pregnancy. Don't worry you will have a beautiful healthy baby. :)

 

de_hugh - January 19

Hi TwinMama2B! I really like the number calculation you did. That is an awesome way of thinking about the ratio/odds. And by the way congratulations.

 

momtobeofthree - January 20

Hi TwinMama2B - congratulations on your baby girls! Thank you so much for helping to put the numbers into perspective. As you can imagine, I have been a nervous wreck the past week and a half. I am really hoping that my mind starts to be at ease and I can start thinking about the healthy baby we are expecting! My last pregnancy was ectopic, the tube ruptured, and they had to remove it. I was told I could still get pregnant - it just may take a little longer. I feel like this baby is such a blessing and need to just keep thinking about that! Thanks!

 

momtobeofthree - January 20

de_hugh - Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Right now, I will be fine one minute and the next I have a strike of 'what if' panic! I am just hoping that these moments get less frequent, so I can enjoy the rest of my pregnancy. I agree that the Facebook group is a huge help and it is comforting to know that I'm not the only one going through this and that the feelings I have are normal! Thanks!

 

Maria_Sofia - February 7

Hi all, I have been researching constantly on the web about the echogenic focus since my 20 weeks scan in September 2011. My Down syndrome ratio was 1:1400 and the 20 weeks scan showed a single echogenic focus. I have been stressing a lot since then but my obstetrician a__sured me that everything will be all right and there is no reason to worry about it. Of course I could not stop worrying and the last 20 weeks of the pregnancy were not as enjoyable as they should have been. I found this forum and read it every time I felt down and promised myself that will post my experience once it is all over. And here we are: my little daughter was born two weeks ago and she is absolutely healthy. I hope this helps other worrying mothers to be. I wish you all well.

 

Maria_Sofia - February 7

Hi all, I have been researching constantly on the web about the echogenic focus since my 20 weeks scan in September 2011. My Down syndrome ratio was 1:1400 and the 20 weeks scan showed a single echogenic focus. I have been stressing a lot since then but my obstetrician a__sured me that everything will be all right and there is no reason to worry about it. Of course I could not stop worrying and the last 20 weeks of the pregnancy were not as enjoyable as they should have been. I found this forum and read it every time I felt down and promised myself that will post my experience once it is all over. And here we are: my little daughter was born two weeks ago and she is absolutely healthy. I hope this helps other worrying mothers to be. I wish you all well.

 

Maria_Sofia - February 7

Hi all, I have been researching constantly on the web about the echogenic focus since my 20 weeks scan in September 2011. My Down syndrome ratio was 1:1400 and the 20 weeks scan showed a single echogenic focus. I have been stressing a lot since then but my obstetrician a__sured me that everything will be all right and there is no reason to worry about it. Of course I could not stop worrying and the last 20 weeks of the pregnancy were not as enjoyable as they should have been. I found this forum and read it every time I felt down and promised myself that will post my experience once it is all over. And here we are: my little daughter was born two weeks ago and she is absolutely healthy. I hope this helps other worrying mothers to be. I wish you all well.

 

Maria_Sofia - February 7

Hi all, I have been researching constantly on the web about the echogenic focus since my 20 weeks scan in September 2011. My Down syndrome ratio was 1:1400 and the 20 weeks scan showed a single echogenic focus. I have been stressing a lot since then but my obstetrician a__sured me that everything will be all right and there is no reason to worry about it. Of course I could not stop worrying and the last 20 weeks of the pregnancy were not as enjoyable as they should have been. I found this forum and read it every time I felt down and promised myself that will post my experience once it is all over. And here we are: my little daughter was born two weeks ago and she is absolutely healthy. I hope this helps other worrying mothers to be. I wish you all well.

 

momtobeofthree - February 7

Maria_Sofia - I am so happy to hear your good news and that your healthy baby girl has arrived...Congratulations! I ended up having an amnio two weeks ago as I couldn't take the not knowing and am so happy that I did! It was a very tough decision to make and I went back and forth, but am happy to report that our results came back normal. I just can't wait to hold my healthy baby in my arms!

 

Bettys - March 21

Hi all Im so happy to read all the good news here about healthy outcomes! I have just started the waiting time, and it feels like years ahead. Im am 22 weeks pregnant and the 19 weeks scan showed a single echogenic focus in the left side. My Downs ratio is 1:1600 (when the the bloodwork, NT and EIF is included), and Im 37 year old. The EIF was the only marker. This is my 3rd child, and I'm pretty scared, which I can see might be quite normal. How do I join the facebook group? Best wishes, Betty

 

tnv0001 - March 21

First, Congrats to you, Bettys!! I know the EIF can be very stressful. Not sure if you read my history, but here goes. I was pregnant w/twins at 37 yrs old and delivered at 38 y/o. My sister has Down's. Had 2 miscarriages before getting pregnant with twins. My bloodwork was fine, but odds changed dramatically due to EIF finding on twin baby girl. I opted NOT to have an amnio due to risk; I know it's very safe, but for me, I had prior miscarriges and amnio was not worth the risk. My peri didn't recommend it. At 29 to 30 wks, baby had slow growth. I was devastated...could it be IUGR? She was small....and Down's babies usually measure small. I was completely obsessed with this EIF! Had a followup ultrasound two weeks later and growth was normal! She had a growth spurt. I read case studies; googled everything in sight. Had many sleepless nights. Didn't enjoy my pregnancy with MUCH regret. In fact, I didn't want a baby shower. I want you to know everything turned out fine! I believe your odds are better than mine. I'm not going to tell you to relax or not to worry. It's human nature to worry about the unknown. What helped me was PRAYING, being part of FB support group, this forum, and reading Dr. Filly's letter that micha posted on pg 86 of this thread. Contact stephanie egger on FB,and she'll add you to the group. Good luck and congrats again!!!

 

EIFFears - May 29

Hi~ This is my first time ever posting on any website. I will turn 34 less than a week before my due date (currently 21 weeks along). I am in the 2 week torture wait for the results of MaterniT21, following 2 bright spots on the baby's heart during 19 week anatomy scan. Like all of you, I never expected to be here, especially after receiving 1/3800 odds on nuchal/blood tests. The bright spots brought my odds down to 1/1400. Everything else looks great - these markers (one very small, so small the MFM didn't mention it to us) are the only thing out of the ordinary. While 1/1400 may not sound terrible, hearing the possibility of down syndrome has terrified me and reduced me to an anxious wreck during this wait time. I know there are much worse things in this world than a down syndrome diagnosis, so I pray no one takes my concern as rude or uncaring, I am just in shock, so scared of the unknown, and not good at the waiting game. Does anyone have any insight/experience/advice they would be willing to share as I wait for Thursday's results? In addition, some posts on other sites have made me nervous about the validity of the MaterniT21 results. Also, I emailed Stephanie Egger for access to the Facebook group, which sounds absolutely amazing, but I haven't heard anything and would LOVE to check that out, if possible. Would anyone have any advice about getting access? Thank you, in advance, for your thoughts. I hope everyone gets the news they want at the end of the wait.

 

EIFFears - May 29

ps meant to say I will turn 35 less than a week before due date

 

EIFFears - May 29

Dear Micha, I have been trying to get into the FB group - I think it would help soothe my mind a little during the wait. I hope you don't mind, since the above post wasn;t to me, but I just sent you a friend request on Facebook, in the hopes of joining. Thank you!!

 

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