Friday, July 14, 2017

My pregnancy with Nova | the scary stuff

 I went into my pregnancy with Nova with a little fear because I have a positive antibody that increases my risk of having a miscarriage/loss. I was also on a medication to control heart palpitations which I was told that i should continue throughout my pregnancy even though it does have a chance of IUGR or inter-uterine growth restriction (where the baby doesn't grow properly, is smaller).

At about 18 weeks I accepted the quad screening which ended up coming back with a high chance of the baby having Down's Syndrome. That was a hard phone call. The baby looked great on the ultrasound we had the week prior but my physician thought we needed to do the Panorama test (which is the same as the Materniti21 test to look for chromosome abnormalities. I had the blood testing done the next day and we started the week long wait. It was a hard week, full of worries and anxieties. In my heart I knew my baby was ok but my head also knew that there is a real chance that our baby would have DS. I would love our baby no different but every expectant parent wants their child to be born healthy. 1 week later I go the phone call to let me know that 1. our baby had normal chromosomes, and 2. if we wanted to know the gender of our baby. We decided early in the pregnancy that with this baby we wanted to wait until birth to find out gender, no I said no.

The reason our quad screen came back abnormal was because I had super-duper high levels of HCG. Which could mean twins but we had already had our anatomy the week prior so we knew it wasn't twins. My physician wanted me to meet with Maternal Fetal Medicine about this since really high levels of HCG can still complicate a pregnancy.

I met with Dr. Green in Ann Arbor at about 26 weeks after a very through and looooooong ultrasound. Because we didn't know the gender of our baby I had to keep my eyes shut during a good part of the ultrasound so I missed a lot actually. Dr Green (who is such a sweet and kind physician) explained to me that when there are high levels of HCG it can mean the placenta may not be the best placenta and at times this can cause IUGR. The plan was to measure the baby and placenta every 5-6 weeks until delivery. We met two other times where it was discovered that our baby was on the smaller side at about 15th percentile, which IUGR is 10th percentile. Beside being tiny our baby was doing great and we had a VERY active little one growing. I had to have non stress tests and ultrasound 2-3 times a week. During some of the tests our little baby was not passing so some days there was repeat ultrasounds and extended monitoring.

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