by gratiana (19 Posts), Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:24 am
Sending hugs and support to all of you with BP concerns...
I'm doing okay at the moment--we just had a scary week after positive first-trimester screening results (although my MFM was surprised since the ultrasound looked good). Anyway, given my age (37), she recommended this new MaterniT21 test--a blood test for chromosomal abnormalities where they isolate fetal DNA from the mother's blood; it's only been out a few months--to try to avoid having to do an amnio. It was a terribly stressful few days, but the results came back yesterday: negative (that is, good!) with 99.9% accuracy (so the lab claims). I've heard some stories about insurance companies being difficult about the test since it's still so new, but MFM said she hadn't had any trouble, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that our insurance will cover it.
Aside from that, everything seemed fine at my check-up last Friday--I was worried about weight loss but I was only 2 lbs. down from my pre-pregnancy weight, and the nurse practitioner said everything looked fine. (Apart from my annoying case of white-coat syndrome: BP in office was 120/80, BP at home 1hr later was 110/65. HUMPH.) Back to the MFM for another ultrasound next week, right at 16 weeks! She said once I hit 20 weeks either she or my OB will see me once a week until Week 28 (if we get that far, yikes!), at which point the risk of recurrence goes down, and it's more likely that the pregnancy will go to term. Has anyone else heard anything like that? (I went from mild PE at 24W to severe PE and HELLP with delivery at 26W last time.)
The scary (or annoying) thing is that period (20-28W) goes right through the holiday season... Actually, 28 weeks for me will be the day after Christmas, so maybe that's going to be my big request for Santa this yearâ€”making it to 28 weeks!
Pre-eclampsia and Stage IV HELLP, c-section at 25.6 weeks. RIP Felix (July 25-Sep 27 2011).
Expecting #2 in early March 2013. So far, so good!