From: drpkgp on
Hi All,

My wife(27yrs) is pregnant and now her pregnancy is 24 weeks old. We
both are of sort height. Today when we went for routine Ultrasound ,the
report has come out as BPD is 61.1mm and FL is 33.7 mm, hc = 22.14 cm
and Bulky Placenta.
My question is will the pregnancy last? Or we will have to do an
abortion ? If the pregnancy will held then what are the chances that the
child will live after birth and will not be affected by Down syndrome
and other deficiencies? Now I am really worried and before I do any
decision I want to get some knowledge from you people...

Please do help me.

Thanks & Regards,
D Paul

From: Pologirl on
D Paul wrote:
> My wife(27yrs) is pregnant and now her pregnancy is 24 weeks old. We
> both are of sort height. Today when we went for routine Ultrasound ,the
> report has come out as BPD is 61.1mm and FL is 33.7 mm, hc = 22.14 cm
> and Bulky Placenta.

Congratulations on *your baby*, D Paul. Your baby is now at 24 weeks
gestation and that it was a routine ultrasound tells us there are no
clinical problems with the pregnancy. That is good news.

Are you both disproportionately short in the legs?

FL is what? 33.7 mm?! or cm?

What are the percentiles corresponding to each of those numbers? Was
a biophysical profile (BPP) done and score given on the report?


> My question is will the pregnancy last? Or we will have to do an
> abortion ?

When in doubt, you and your wife have two choices: terminate, or
watch and wait. At this point, I would say you don't have enough
information to even think about terminating. Why don't you at least
wait to discuss the US results with your wife's caregiver?

Were you there for the US? Did you get some good pictures of your
little one? Boy or girl? For some fathers, that first US is the
point where the existence of your baby suddenly becomes real. Before
that it was all hearsay, something heard from someone else, maybe
real, maybe not. Are you feeling a little bit overwhelmed now by the
prospect of a tiny baby in your life? A baby is one thing you don't
get to send back for a replacement or refund if it is not perfect.

Pologirl

From: Anne Rogers on

>> My wife(27yrs) is pregnant and now her pregnancy is 24 weeks old. We
>> both are of sort height. Today when we went for routine Ultrasound ,the
>> report has come out as BPD is 61.1mm and FL is 33.7 mm, hc = 22.14 cm
>> and Bulky Placenta.


> FL is what? 33.7 mm?! or cm?

FL is exactly what he said it is, 33.7mm is 3.37cm, it's only the length
of the thighbone being measured, this measurement does look short for
gestation. I generally don't find the phrases "head is measuring x
weeks" etc. helpful but I don't have access to a decent centile for
gestation chart, so the best idea I can get about how far out this
measurement is by figuring out for what gestation this would be the
average length, turns out that's about 20 weeks, so the measurement is 4
weeks behind. It's usually said that 2 weeks either way is normal, so
this is an abnormal result. What were you told at the scan? do you have
a follow up appointment? Are there any earlier tests, such as triple
screen that can be factored in? There are to many factors for anyone to
make an meaningful guess as to what the risks might be. You never have
to terminate a pregnancy, if you do get a positive diagnosis of downs or
other problem, it's your choice how you respond to that.

Cheers
Anne