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Keeping Our Sanity During Baby's First Year

Week 12: Professor Plum

 Professor Plum, in the uterus, with the umbilical cord. I love Clue, don’t you? Both the game and the movie.

Anyhoo, hopefully my little Professor Plum isn’t contemplating any murders just yet. Right now, he/she is 2.1 inches and weighs a half ounce. The baby’s features are becoming more defined; the eyes have moved towards the front of the face (weird, how?) and the chin and nose have taken shape. His/her fingers will soon be able to open and close and his/her brain is rapidly growing synapses.

Tomorrow I go in for my NT scan. This is the test that measures the likelihood of Down syndrome and other chromosomal defects. There is a raging debate online as to whether people should have these tests done. The NT scans can often result in false positives which create needless worry and anxiety for parents. Also, some people feel that these scans encourage abortions. Still others believe that if they are going to have a special needs child, they might as well be unaware and enjoy their pregnancy.

Me? I am way too much of a planner. If we end up having a special needs baby, I want to be prepared. Also, I know myself and I know that I would have much more anxiety if I chose not to take the test. I am hoping this test will put my mind at ease and I can enjoy the rest of my pregnancy. I’m also hoping that we don’t encounter any false positives or, even worse, real positives. But if we do, we will deal with it. Fingers crossed…

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  1. I thought they didn’t do those tests until 35…

    • You can do the tests at any age but it is not seriously recommended until you are in your mid-thirties.