I went in last week to get the first trimester screen and nuchal scan done. Everything measured great on the nuchal scan and the nasal bone was present. They did a finger prick for the First Trimester Screen and that finger thing is no joke. It hurt worse than taking blood out of a vein! I was expecting a little poke and the thing is more like a little knife slice. And then they squeeze the hell out of your finger. My poor finger was all purple on the end for the rest of the day. Typing was particularly painful.
I got a call on Monday with the results from the blood screen. Everything was in the normal range- yay good news! EXCEPT my Papp A levels were low. Boo, bad news.
Papp A is an important pregnancy hormone and it seems low level results are common with IVF. Here’s a bunch of medical jargon on the topic: http://www.geneticstesting.com/pdfs/publications_references/03_FirstTrimesterScreening2.pdf
They said I’d be coming back after the anatomy scan weekly to check the growth of the baby and my placenta. The nurse didn’t seem overly concerned but of course I went into panic google mode and managed to scare the poop out of myself reading stories about preeclamsia, stillborns, low birth weight, pre-term labor. ….deep breath…. ….deep breath….
And then I also managed to find many stories where it was nothing. I was so freaked out I didn’t think to ask how low my levels were, but I will at my next appointment at the end of the month.
It does suck that this little dark cloud had to show up but I’m not going to stress over it. If anything, it just means I get extra good care and extra monitoring and I don’t mind that one bit.
I also got the Materni T-21 done at the same time and am anxiously awaiting the results. Hoping for all good news there of course, but can’t wait to find out the sex!!!