by catherine (2832 Posts), Mon Mar 15, 2004 07:29 pm
Hi Heather, I can tell you a little bit about the triple screen test. There is some anectdotal evidence that sometimes you get a false positive with the test because the problems with maternal/fetal circulation that ultimately result in preeclampsia are already present although undetectable as symptoms for you. That is just one explanation for why you might get a positive. However, don't forget that this is a screening test. The numbers that we get are probabilities and thus the values come as "distance from the mean/average". You can just end up a totally normal out-lier.
More to the point... it is ridiculous for people to tell you not to worry. You have Ahmad as proof of what there is to worry about! I was where you are now a year ago, pregnant after preeclampsia and occasionally almost paralysed by fear, even though everything went really well with the pregnancy. I think it is a perfectly human reaction and totally reasonable. Can I make three suggestions? Be confident that your medical providers are up to the challenge of taking care of you should the preeclampsia come back. Hopefully you've got a good MFM specialist, if not, now would be a good time to find one. Laura will provide the link. The second thing is to try and compartmentalize a little bit. I tried to not let the fear undermine my ability to enjoy my pregnancy. It wasn't easy and I didn't always succeed but the little kicks inside are too precious to waste. The third, well that is to consider finding a place where you can share your fears and concerns. The forum is an excellent place, the ladies here pretty much held my hand through to the delivery and they were wonderful. Especially as my husband was very nervous too and I didn't want to make him feel scared and have the two of us nervous wrecks.
Congratulations on your pregnancy, I hope that you feel welcome here.
Mom to Finn, Lucy (preeclampsia and HELLP) and Chloe.
Moderator HELLP Syndrome Survivors