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Monday, January 4, 2010

Blood Results Are Back

My least favorite thing to do is have blood drawn. I am a complete wimp when you tell me you have to poke me with a needle. After three children and working on my fourth, you would think it wouldn't even phase me. Let's face it... another name for a pregnant woman is a pin cushion!


When I went for my first trimester screening at the UT hospital on the 28th of December, not only did they do an in depth ultrasound, but they also did a blood screening. It was my understanding that this screening would completely rule out certain chromosomal anomalies such as a few of the different Trisomy #'s and Down Syndrome. I was a little frustrated when the hospital called back with my results today...

Apparently, this test does NOT rule out these conditions! It only tells me what my risk is of having a baby with one of the above mentioned defects. Although my risk is at the very minimal for having a baby with any of these conditions, less than one in one hundred thousand to be exact, it doesn't make me feel any safer. I had less of a chance of having a baby that had Wyatt's condition and it still happened to us! I wouldn't have gotten the blood panel done if I had known it were only giving me odds. However, I am thankful everything "baby" related came back normal!

As far as me, I have a certain hormone that is elevated. I would give you the name of that particular hormone, but they didn't even tell me! I found all this out over a voicemail.

I'm told there is no risk to me now, but that my doctor would need to keep a close eye on me when I near my third trimester. Apparently, the increase in this certain hormone puts me at an increased risk of blood pressure problems and preterm labor. It worries me a little, but it makes me feel better to know I have this risk so it can be closely monitored.

Can I ask for your prayers please? Not just for this pregnancy, but also for a few bloggy friends that have some big prayer requests or needs? I won't go into any details, but there are some (yes, more than one) angel moms out there that could really use your prayers. Some are still struggling to get pregnant... Others are scared as they face first doctor appointments and new pregnancies... And there are even some that have lost yet another baby to miscarriage or are looking into the face of a possible miscarriage. My heart is scared and broken for these friends. I wish there was more for me to do than pray. It doesn't seem like enough. I feel so helpless.

Blessings to you all, and much love!
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10 comments:

croleyc69 said...

Praying for everyone out there. Glad to hear things are going good this time. Prayers and {{HUGS}}
Caroline

Elizabeth said...

Glad to hear the tests went well. It's good to catch problems early on. My prayers are with you and the others as everyone walks their own path on the long journey through grief and hope. May God carry all of us through our difficult times. *hugs*

Ann said...

keeping you and the other angel mom's in my prayers. As for your test, my doctor explained to us that it was just measuring risk so I refused the test everytime...I didn't want to know my risk but I wouldn't end my pregnancy either way. Sorry you had to hear this through a voicemail. take care.

Seraphim said...

Oh hon, you don't need this kind of stress, how awful! I am glad you will be closely monitored and will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I will do the same for your friends. xxxx

Karen said...

Praying, praying, praying. For you and for me and for all the babyloss mothers. xo

The Blue Sparrow said...

Oh sweety I am just catching up here as Ive taken about a week or so off from blogging, first let me say Congrats! I am so so happy for you and your family! Second please do not feel like you need to hide your pregnacy from me. Yes we are hurting for our losses but this just makes me even happier to hear your good news! I will of coarse be praying for you every step of the way! HUGS!

Holly said...

I never cared for that blood test that just gives you odds. I actually declined it with Carleigh. My prayers are being sent!

Just Breathe said...

I am happy about your news. I didn't know. I will pray for you and all the mother's in need of prayer. God hear my prayers.

Franchesca Cox said...

I am sorry the blood results did not give you that assurance you needed. I have been and will continue to pray for your beautiful rainbow and all the other mamas going through more heartache in their grief journey.

xo

BJ_Mama said...

I think of you often....and pray for you often. SO excited for you and your growing family, though. God is GREAT!