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!
Monday, January 4, 2010
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!