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    Hello there everyone!



    I have got myself into a bit of a tissy! I had my doctors appointment yesterday morning and he was a little disappointed that my first doctor (whom I no longer see) gave me a referral for a NT scan in my 2nd trimester. My doctor I am now seeing does not like to refer women for this scan.
    So I decided to do a little research on spina bifida, which is what the doctor told me this scan is for. So it turns out that women who have taken anti-epileptic medication are at risk. I took this medication when I was younger and stopped when I was approx 8 years old.
    Do you think this could still have an affect on our baby now?? I am 23 years old this year. I donít know who to ask? Should I make an appointment with my doctor to discuss this?? Im worried now.
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    Hi Renee,

    As far as I'm aware that risk would be for women that have taken the drug close to conception or while pregnant. I could be wrong, though. Have you been taking a pg vitamin because from what I have read, folate deficiency is the highest risk factor.

    Good luck
    Nat

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    i would think they mean any medication taken close to conception, but i would speak to the dr to find out for sure. i am trying to conceive through IVF and have been taking elevit to help prevent spina bifida, have you been told to take any pregnancy vitamins?

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    I took folic acid 5 months before falling pregnant, now im taking elevit. Its much easier to remember to take it every night now ive got a baby in my belly, I had a little trouble before!

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    Reneenay,
    A 12 week ultrasound will check that the spinal area of your baby is as it should be. However a nuchal translucency test (which usually combines u/sound and a blood test) is not for spina bifida it is to check the nuchal fold at the back of your baby's neck. In babies with a chromosomal abnormality this area is enlarged and the bloods can also reflect this. In doing the NT u/s the doctor or ultrasonographer will check for spina bifida also but it is not primarily what a NT u/s is.

    With regard to your medication it is highly unlikely that the meds you took as a child will affect your baby. This is only relevant if you were taking the medication whilst pregnant.
    I hope that has helped.

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    Oops sorry It wasnít a scan it was a blood test I got the referral for at 19 weeks (2nd Trimester). I have had the 12-week blood test & scan already and everything was perfect.
    Thank you so much for your replies, I really appreciate it! It has really helped me calm down. I will talk to my doctor at my next appointment. Gosh, I love you BB ladies!

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    No problem Reenay! I imagine your doctor is doing the bloods (I am having a BAD day today and the name of the test escapes me!) for AFP. This is an indicator of spina bifida and some obs will still do it. I haven't had it personally. You can feel relatively safe if your 12 week u/s looked good and your anomaly scan at 18-20 weeks does also. This is probably the best indicator now days that u/s is so much clearer than it was a few years ago.

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    Hey Reenay,

    I had my BT for spina bifida at 15 weeks...I get the results back at 17 weeks...

    Wishing you all the best!

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