Because my family doesn’t know

I have this blog, I am allowed to write things here that cannot necessarily be shared in company.

My sister is pregnant with her third. She is only 12 weeks along, but it seems the baby is a girl. Baby girl is living in utero with a tumor which made her seem six weeks bigger, which would tell you how big the tumor was if you knew the difference in size of a baby from 10.5 weeks to 16 weeks.

The average size(for week 10) is “approximately 27-35 mm crown to rump length (CRL), or 1.06-1.38 inches. S/he weighs in at 4 grams, or 4 paper clips.”

At sixteen weeks, “Your baby is about 3 ounces (85 grams) and 6.3 inches (16 cms).”

So the tumor is five inches. They’ll test it again next week to see if it has grown.

Okay, that sounds bad enough to me.

But the doctor called my sister today and said the baby tested positive for Down Syndrome. They will test again in two weeks.

Whoever from the doctors’ office that called my sister said that there are many false positives. But when I looked it up on the net I found the serum screening test has a 5 to 8% false-positive rate.

It is possible that instead of re-doing the serum test, they are planning on doing an amnio then, when the baby will be 14 weeks old. The same source says:

Amniocentesis is usually carried out between the 14th and 18th week of pregnancy; some doctors may do them as early as the 13th week. Side effects to the mother include cramping, bleeding, infection and leaking of amniotic fluid afterwards. There is a slight increase in the risk of miscarriage: the normal rate of miscarriage at this time of pregnancy is 2 to 3%, and amniocentesis increases that risk by an additional 1/2 to 1%. Amniocentesis is not recommended before the 14th week of pregnancy due to a higher risk of complications and loss of pregnancy.

My sister has already had a miscarriage. My mother had four. So the increased risk is scary.

If you pray, please pray for my sister and this unborn baby.