Amniocentesis, Blood Test, And The Waiting Game!
Today I went in for my doctor's appointment and was given a blood test to determine if our baby would have potential birth defects. This is the scariest feeling for any mother to think about during pregnancy. I'm 37 years-old and I already felt old, due to the fact the doctor's label my pregnancy, "Elderly Pregnancy". Now I have to take this test to determine birth defects. If the test comes back positive, the doctor will give me the choice to take the amniocentesis after the blood test results come back. I checked into the appointment center nervous as hell. The nurse called me in and the first part of the test is an ultrasound to measure the head and body of my baby. The next part is the blood screening, which takes 7-10 days for the results. The waiting game has never been my strong suit. Playing the waiting games has your mind go 100 miles per hour. You start to think about every scenario that could be wrong and start to talk to other mother's that have taken the test and get their opinions on how to proceed forward once the results come back. In the end, the decision is up to the parents on how to move forward in the pregnancy. After waiting a week, I started checking my patient message board and nothing. It's now day 9 and still nothing. I'm eager to know the results, because not only do we find out about birth defect we also find out the sex. We both want a little girl, so fingers crossed everyone that our wishes come true.
For the moms that are in the same situation, I am in with taking the test to determine any birth defects, the ultimate decision is yours. Don't let other scare you with their stories they told you. Have the faith that everything will be Ok. The doctors are there to help guide and give you the information you need to make the right choice based on your situation. Don't be afraid ladies, from one mom to another everything will be ok with your baby.
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