The thing that everybody is most anticipatingand most excited about is, you know, taking a really good look at that baby and also many,many of them. Wanna know, you know, is my little baby a boy or a girl. And so, thisis a very exciting moment. 16 weeks is the point now where we do what’s called the initialanatomy screen so that the sonographer will look at all of the structures in the baby( the heart, the spine, the brain, the stomach, the kidneys, the heart, the gender ) and letyou know that everything looks good, and strong, and healthy. So that’s a really importantmoment. It’s not completely done at 16 weeks. This test used to be done at 20 weeks andso there are a few tiny parts of it that need
to be completed at 20 weeks. We feel stronglythat limited ultrasound exposure in pregnancy is fine and has proven through the test oftime that there’s no harm to it. There are kind of 3 different results that can comeout, you know. It can be everything is there and it’s perfect and everything looks greatand that’s obviously the result that everyone wants to have. From time to time, there aresonographic findings that don’t look exactly like every other baby and then obviously thiscauses tremendous anxiety because you worry if our baby’s brain looks a little bit differentor your baby’s heart looks a little bit different and so then that leads to, as you can imagine,many, many weeks of followup testing, evaluation,
analysis to figure out, you know, what isthis difference and is it something that mattes or is it something that doesn’t matter andis it something that can be and then what can we do based on this difference that wesee to help this baby. It almost always turns out alright. But from time to time, you seethings that are, you know, big and bad. There is a second blood screen, which is reallyjust a followup to the first one. It just makes the first one a tiny bit more accurate,a tiny bit more refined; and it’s called the modified sequential blood test and so that’sa blood test that’s done at 16 weeks.