Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Whatever will be will be. . . .

We met with the Genetic Counselor this week and it was very informative. It seem that only one of the three things they consider for the first trimester screening was abnormal.

My HCG was normal, the baby's nuchal fold was normal, it was only the papp-A which was abnormal coming back lower than average. Which is why my risk for a child with down syndrome rose from my age related risk of 1 in 215 to 1 in 131.

Yes, this is still less than one percent and the risk of the amnio is anywhere from 1 in 300 to 1 in 1000 depending on which study you refer to.

So hubby and I have decided not to have the amnio because we worked too hard to get to this point in a pregnancy and would not be able to live with ourselves if we lost the pregnancy due to the test. We are going to proceed with the second trimester screening in a few weeks and then have the detailed anatomy scan at 19 weeks. The Genetic counselor said if this scan come back clean for any soft markers then my risk will be recalculated and lessened.

On another note though the decreased papp-A value has been linked to other pregnancy complications, such as placental insufficiency, fetal death, preterm birth, IUGR, low birth weight and preclampsia. So the Dr has decided she will monitor me more closely with monthly ultrasound with focus on the placenta. Especially since my mother lost three pregnancies between 18 and 24 weeks.

So for now we are just letting it all go with God, whatever will be will be. It is out of our control. Until the baby is viable, even if there is a problem with the placenta, nothing can really be done. So I cannot stress over something that is beyond human control.

5 comments:

Tracy said...

The whole situation must be a little scary, for sure. ((hugs))

Michele said...

Sending prayers and lots of hope...

B MoM said...

a couple weeks ago, I got the news that my quad results came back with an increased risk for downs. After having my level 2 u/s which indicated no markers for downs, we opted not to do the amnio either. we're leaving it all to God and standing on our faith that our baby boy is healthy. I admire your attitude about focusing on the things you can control.
LFCA

Stephanie said...

I am sorry for your stress, it is not fun to get such bad news. I just JUST just went through this...and I had an amnio two weeks ago. Good luck.

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