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Soft Marker on Heart? MamaCarter California 33 posts
19th Dec '08

Hi ladies! I was told on Tuesday by our nurse that they found a soft marker on the heart. Although she told me its usually nothing, they have to tell me because it can be an indication of trisomy 18 or trisomy 21 (down syndrome). Im freaking out!! I did the AFP test which she said my results for in the normal risk range. What does that even mean?!?! I asked about any other markers and she said that was the only one. We went ahead and made an appointment for the genetic counseling on Dec 29th, and the wait is going to kill me. I've been doing research and it seems like this is normal, but there's still that worry in the back of mind of what if? Has anyone else had to deal with this? Anything to make me stop worrying is appreciated!! THANKS!!

Valerie *JMM* 2 kids; Texas 537 posts
19th Dec '08

Don't worry too much... it might be nothing those screenings are wrong all fo the time... I had a positive AFP screening back in august and they told me that my baby had down syndrome.... my chance were 1 in 200 that scared the crap out of me so I went ahead and had the amnio done and the results came back negative... The baby was fine....
Good luck and keep us posted..

* * Becca * * 1 child; New Brunswick 685 posts
19th Dec '08

I had the same thing. A bright spot on the heart which is a soft marker. Our little boy also has a 2 vessel umbilical cord which is also a soft marker. I was freaking out! We went to see the specialist a while back and the bright spot on the heart was completely gone. I was told that usually the bright spots disappear over time. He still has the 2 vessel umbilical cord but seems to be doing fine now. Good luck, I'm sure your little one will be fine.

Used2BeHere 1 child; Ohio 1152 posts
19th Dec '08

Well mine didnt have a soft marker on the heart but i got a call from my doctor's office saying that a test they did showed that i was a high risk to have a baby with Down's. They scheduled an emergency ultrasound for the next day with genetic counseling before hand. You go and tell them family medical history basically and they discuss possible options for you. If the ultrasound still shows a risk, you can choose to get an amniocentesis done to completely verify whether the baby has it or not. I got lucky, after doing the ultrasound everything ended up being ok. The problem was that I wasn't as far along as they had thought I was (they were a month ahead), which had messed my test results up. I wouldn't stress over it. Although its MUCH easier said than done, I know I was worried to death about it and I only had to wait one day! All I can say is good luck to you and I hope all goes well :D

Used2BeHere 1 child; Ohio 1152 posts
19th Dec '08
Quoting Becca80:
Valerie *JMM* 2 kids; Texas 537 posts
19th Dec '08
Quoting Miss Megan Amber:
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* * Becca * * 1 child; New Brunswick 685 posts
19th Dec '08
Quoting Miss Megan Amber:
Valerie *JMM* 2 kids; Texas 537 posts
19th Dec '08
Quoting Becca80:
MamaCarter California 33 posts
19th Dec '08

Thanks for the replies! Its definitely helped already! I've been reading other forums that have said the same thing. And Im doing MUCH better than I was on Tuesday, but still a bit worry (its our jobs as moms to worry right :wink:) Yeah, I also got the news at work and ended up in a coworkers office in TEARS! If they offer the amnio, I have decided not to do it. I know its offers a piece of mind, but weighing the risks vs. the benefits made me decided against it (just my opinion!) Im not sure if anyone else is religious, but Ive just been praying to God and leaving it in his hands. We will love her no matter what, but its still something I wasnt prepared for.

* * Becca * * 1 child; New Brunswick 685 posts
19th Dec '08
Quoting Valerie *Team Blue*:
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MamaCarter California 33 posts
31st Dec '08

Not sure if anyone is still reading this post but I do have an update!!!

We had our u/s on Monday and found out that everything is perfectly fine with our baby girl!!! Even before she started the u/s the tech told us that the "soft marker" on the heart is all too common and most are beneign. Whew!! She still did all the other measurements for ds such as the neck fold (good!) and nasal bone (which she has!) Our baby girl was super active during the whole u/s! She still had the white spot on her heart, but the tech said she is growing right on target and even commented that she had a "beautiful spine"! lol whatever that means. We then met with the genetic counselor who didnt even go through the whole appointment because he said we had absolutely NOTHING to worry about and that our baby was perfectly healthy. He said that spot is super common in all babies and wishes that they would stop referring patients to them for just that one marker. What a relief!!!!!!!! I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my back and could finally start enjoying my pregnancy again. I hope this helps other women that may be going through the same thing!

* * Becca * * 1 child; New Brunswick 685 posts
31st Dec '08

That's so great! I'm so happy for you that your little girl is doing well and that you can enjoy the rest of the pregnancy stress free! :D