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The Scan reports and Doctor Visit

29th December 2018, Saturday

Today is the last the day of the year I can visit the doctor . Tomorrow, its going to be sunday and the next day we are planning for a very short trip to celebrate New Year’s Eve as a couple.

As I had mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to see the doctor and get a consent to travel by car for around a 100kms. Our travel bookings were done. Money was non-refundable and even I badly wanted to have this New Year Trip with Just 2 of us. At the same time, I didnt want my fulfill my fantasies at the cost of my baby’s well being. I kept checking my mails since morning, to see if I got the reports. Towards the afternoon I called up the Hospital to check for reports, but got no update. I again called around 5PM and reports had arrived, but yet not in my email inbox. So I requested them to send immediately. It took several follow ups to get the reports emailed to me.  Everything looked within range and normal except for just one marker in the report. I asked the hospital staff to show my reports to my Obstetrician and update me with the feedback.

I get a call around 7PM that doctor wants to meet me. Its better if I can see on Monday.

As per my plans,  Monday wasnt a possibility. We had to leave early morning and doctor’s OPD starts noon onwards. I asked to get connected to doctor over a call.

Doctor: Things are OK but, I want to meet you and discuss

Me: Is everything normal?

Doctor: I cant tell you over the call. Visit on Monday.

Me: I am planning to travel Monday. Can I come Tuesday or its urgent.

Doctor: No worries. Meet me on Tuesday.

I called my husband immediately after this. I wanted to see the doctor today. Even he got worried as to why doctor wants to meet.  I checked with him if can meet me at the Hospital by 8PM, which was difficult for him, but 7.45PM was the last appointment slot for the day. (15 mins grace ). We decided that I will go and wait for our turn in case there is any waiting and he will try to make it as soon as possible.

I went and was waiting until 8.15, next was my turn, but he hadnt come yet. I had to go inside the consultation room alone. As I entered the room, I get a call from Husband. ‘I am at the parking, coming in 2 mins” he informed. Doc asked if someone is coming she can wait for a minute.

NOW THE TIME FOR SERIOUS DISCUSSION

Everything was normal. Except one marker for Down’s Syndrome. Trisomy 21. As per my age group the risk marker is at 1:760 but my reports got it as 1:470. Although it was mentioned by the diagnostic center as low risk, doctor wanted to give us the clear picture and explain what does that mean. It meant baby might be at the risk of down’s syndrome at the ratio of 1:470 case. Its a genetic problem which cannot be cured. There were certain tests after which we can be more sure of the risk factor. There are 3-4 different methods to be more sure about the risk, but none is 100% result provider, except for one test. That one test puts the baby’s life at risk as there were chances miscarriage. It is an invasive test. We were recommended a fetal medicine specialist.

At the end doctor said, there’s nothing to worry, there are very less chances of the disorder. We can travel safely and consult Fetal medicine doctor next week. Its just that she wanted us to be clear of the options we had.

Huh!! A confusing visit. I was sure I want to give birth to the baby. These are just risk factors. I had already fallen in love with the LIFE INSIDE ME.

 

 

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NT SCAN and Double Marker Test

27th Dec 2019, Thursday

Last scan of the year, last scan of the trimester. NT scan and double marker are very important test. This help in identifying possible abnormalities in baby, mostly chromosomal pairing defects.

My pregnancy was smooth till now. We were expecting and hoping things to be fine. We were excited to see the baby again. Aww..moment.

My husband was in hurry as he had to leave for office, and our appointment was in afternoon. We went to the scan room after some formalities. I lied on the bed and scan begun. My munchkin was not in the right position. She was hiding her face. Turning back upwards and cuddling within. After waiting for few minutes, she turned, showed her tiny hands. She then jumped a little or may be just moved the tiny legs to turn. we could spot her nose then. I really felt like talking and touching the baby. Kissing her infinitely and loving her. But doctor was not getting the right position of baby for NT scan, even after 20 mins. Doc asked me to take a walk while she attended other patients. I came out, walked  slow and fast. Sat down several times and got up, hoping baby will move and come to correct position as required.

After around half an hour, we were called again. This time it seemed baby had slept or was relaxing. She refused to move. Doc shook my tummy with scan machine in hand, so that baby feels the vibration and moves a bit. After several attempts she moved a little and probably she was sucking her fingers. Doc somehow managed to take the readings.

We asked if everything was fine. She confirmed.

Next was double marker, a blood test. This test needs NT scan reports to be evaluated. I always need lots of courage to get that needle inside my veins. While the blood sample is taken, I need my husband around so that I can grab his hand as tight as possible.  Once the test was done we were told that reports will take 4-5 days time to come.

We had a new year trip planned. I wanted to meet my Obstetrician before leaving on trip, for any suggestions or precautions to be taken.

Pointers

❗NT scan is Nuchal Translucency scan
❗For NT scan back of baby’s neck needs

to be seen
❗it’s done in 1st Trimester
❗Done to identify possibilities of chromosomal abnormalities
❗It doesn’t confirm anything. The test just predicts possibilities
❗For better accuracy up to 80-90% it’s done along with a blood test
❗Double marker is blood test for two markers 1. Beta HCG and 2. PAAP A
❗High level of beta HCG means high risk of Down Syndrome (chromosomal abnormality)
❗Low level of PAAP or plasma protein also indicate risk of down Syndrome to baby.
P.s. Do follow and read my next post on positive Risk of down Syndrome and tests to be done.

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My Cravings.

My Dear Baby,

Before you came in my life, I used to like rice a lot. Means I would prefer rice anytime over rotis, chapatis, paranthas. I like white sauce pastas, creamy rice. Initially when I got to know about you, I still used to prepare spinach rice in creamy sauce. Me and your dad used to love it. But now, since last 1 month (6week onwards) I dont even feel like having rice. Not even white sauce pasta tempts me. If there’s no option then I just eat for you. TO keep you healthy and growing.

My cravings keep on changing everyday. I like to eat different foods. Like in 1st few weeks I used to like upma, poha, now I dont feel like eating that. I kind of hate tomato ketchup (except put within sandwiches or rolls, or inside any preparation). I tend to love more of spiced up food. (I know baby I shouldnt be eating spicy food much. So trust me I stick to max 1 tsp of chili or less than that in a day).

One day I was mostly on Brown bread. Having different variations of it through out the day. Curd sandwich, bread raita, masala aloo toast, chilli cheese toast. (Yum!!)

I like eating fruits they make me feel fresh, but not full.

Strangely ,Yesterday, I made masala pav for your dad, and I didnt even feel like tasting that. Otherwise we would fight for every other bite. (on a lighter note)

So, to summarize, I cant say that I had a craving for a particular food in my pregnancy. Its a very moody one. I just wonder, you might also turn out to be a moody foodie.

 

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