Posted in Being pregnant, First trimester, tagged 12 week scan, 9 weeks, abortion, amnio, amniocentesis, baby, blood test, booking in, bounty pack, condition, consultant, defects, diagnosis, Down's Syndrome, friend, healthy baby, high risk, hospital, inaccurate, indicator, invasive, midwife, miscarriage, nine weeks pregnant, not having the triple test, notes, pregnancy, previous birth, procedure, quad test, questions, refusing triple test, risk, routine, screening, test, triple test, VBAC on November 16, 2009 |
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Today I had what you’d probably call my “proper” booking in appointment with the midwife at the hospital.
I actually was expecting a consultant appointment, and a midwife appointment (cos that’s what it said on the letter) but actually it was only with the midwife.
It was all pretty routine, updating my details and taking a few notes about Lilly’s birth. We talked very briefly about me wanting a VBAC but she said the consultant is the person who’ll really talk about that with me. She had a quick scan over my labour notes and said the reason had been put down as “fetal distress” and “failture to progress”, and she said that those reasons meant it shouldn’t be a problem if I want to “try again”.
I agreed to all the blood tests, but I’m not having the triple test / quad test which screens for likelihood of Down’s Syndrome. I did have it last time, and it all came back fine, but last year my friend had a really horrible experience after coming back high risk. She had to agonise over whether or not to have the amniocentisis procedure (which carries a risk of miscarriage but will tell you 100% if your baby has Down’s). While my poor friend was making up her mind I spent a lot of time thinking about it and what I would do if I were in her position.
In my first pregnancy, I just said yes to every test going and never worried about anything. But since then, I’ve learnt that those triple tests are pretty inaccurate, and can give you a worryingly high risk factor when, in fact, your baby is just fine. It’s really a matter of personal choice but I really don’t think I could risk an amnio and the possibility of miscarrying a healthy baby, or the even worse option of getting rid of a baby just because it had Down’s. So the test really isn’t of any interest to me. I hope and pray that my baby will be fine, of course, but I could never get rid of it if it wasn’t. So, that’s why I’ve made my decision. Hubby was a bit unsure at first but I think he now understands my reasons and is supportive of them.
Incidentally, my friend did have her amnio, her baby was unaffected and the test results were clear.
Anyway, I had my other blood tests and got my bounty pack, and that was it. Roll on two weeks and the 12 week scan!
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Posted in 1-2 years, Second trimester, Work, tagged 16 weeks pregnant, average, blood tests, Down's Syndrome, four months pregnant, heartbeat, hide, high, immunity to rubella, iron levels, job interviews, keeping pregnancy secret, looking pregnant, low, MCH, midwife, pregnancy, probability, raised, results, Spina Bifida, triple test, very low, wedding anniversary, Work on July 5, 2007 |
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We had our 16 week midwife appointment yesterday (I’m 16 weeks today – four months gone!)
We saw the same midwife as before, Lynn, which was good. Not sure if we are assigned to one midwife but of course we know it won’t neccesarily be her on the day anyway. She gave us the results of the blood tests which were all fine. She said my iron levels were brilliant – 15 something! That’s in stark contrast to when they were 4.6 a few years ago! All my tests for illnesses etc were fine, and i still have immunity to rubella. The only thing that was slightly high was something called MCH (i think) which was only 0.3 over the average max. I asked her what that was but she said I should ask the consultant next week, and added that she didn’t think it was anything to worry about as it can be slightly raised in pregnancy anyway.
Unfortunately, she didn’t attempt to listen to the heartbeat, because she said at 16 weeks it is not unusual not to be able to find it, and that can just cause people to worry. I can understand that but it is a shame. She said next week the consultant will probably have a go - I hope so!
She also took the bloods for the triple test – which tests for likelihood of the baby having Downs or Spina Bifida. We won’t get back a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ result – it’ll be a probability – high, low or very low. She said high means less than one in 250, low is more than one in 250 and very low is one in thousands. So fingers crossed we get a good result next week. Again, hopefully the consultant will be able to give us an indication next Thursday.
Apart from that, all is well. It was our third wedding anniversary on Tuesday! We didn’t do anything major but Tony cooked our dinner which was nice. We had a few cards too.
Work is still shite, but hopefully I’ll know where i stand soon as there are supposed to be job interviews on the horizon next week. We shall wait and see! Luckily nobody has suspected yet, and even though i think at the right angle i look fairly pregnant, i’ve been able to hide it at work so far. Mind you, i think everyone is wrapped up in work stuff which probably helps.
So roll on next Thursday and hopefully hearing the heartbeat!
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