You mentioned that you had a recent ultrasound and the doctor saw an abnormality on the back of the baby’s neck and they’re sending you to a specialist for additional testing – specifically some screening tests, and you’re wondering what this might all be about. Ultimately, I suggest talking with your doctor about it because they can interpret the ultrasound results for you and give you tailored information and advice about what they say and about what they’re screening for. Generally speaking, if abnormalities are seen on ultrasound they can be signs of underlying problems or chromosomal abnormalities. A doctor may decide to look into it and go one step further by doing screening tests, and this may involve a blood test – obtaining a sample of the mother’s blood and finding out if certain conditions exist. It may also warrant other testing. The results of these tests will give the parents information about what the baby may face after delivery and it’s also helpful for the caregivers of the mother and the baby so that the baby can receive the proper treatment and care after he or she is born. Again, I suggest talking with your doctor who can give you tailored information and advice for your circumstances and I hope the very best for you. If you have more questions in the future for me, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at facebook.com/IntermountainMoms and recommend us to your friends and family too.

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