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Integrated Screening Test


Today I am 12 weeks pregnant.  One more week in my First Trimester.  Wow, that seems strange to say.  This pregnancy still seems surreal. Aside from feeling icky if I eat too much I don’t feel pregnant at all.  Most times I actually ‘forget’ I’m pregnant.  Who can really completely forget, right? But it’s far enough from the front of my mind most times that I don’t have it always hanging there in the periphery. 

Because we had an anencephalic pregnancy where we lost the baby at 21 weeks we have opted to do the Integrated Screening per the recommendation of my OB.  With the Integrated Screening test you have an Ultrasound before 12 weeks gestation, then have 2 blood tests.  The first before 12 weeks, the second between 15 and 20 weeks.  Friday we went to “The Big Hospital” to have our US and first blood draw.  We had already had an US at our first appointment to determine how far along I was so was able to see that more than likely this baby didn’t have Anencephaly.  That was one thing they were able to rule out at this US, which was a huge relief although I wasn’t at all worried about that happening again – it was just a lightning strike that it happened in the first place.  They also determined that some ‘thing’ that’s supposed to be thin was/is thin so that was good also.  The tech told us that everything on the US looked normal so that was great to hear. 

I had a vial of blood drawn while there and in a few weeks I’ll go to our local hospital and have my 2nd blood draw done. Then they compare the numbers from those 2 blood draws and that will determine if there are any chromosomal abnormalities.  If there are, further testing will be done to determine what is going on.

With the baby we lost I just knew, had a feeling, that something was wrong with it.  This time I do not have any feelings like that, just fear that they will find something like anyone would be.  Once we get the tests back with negative results I will feel much more comfortable about all of this.  Until then, I worry.

Thank you for all the well wishes last week!


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  1. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers until you hear the results. Maternal intuition is such a powerful thing and if you don't feel like something is wrong then I'm sure God has blessed you with a healthy baby!

  2. Yay for good US and test results so far... will pray things continue to go sa they should!

  3. I have been thinking of you. I know all will be well. You don't think about this pregnancy as much because you are chasing a crawler!!! Haha.

  4. We've been praying for you! So glad to hear that all is well. Keeping you in my prayers until that sweet babe is safely in your arms.

  5. You've been in my prayers! I hope that your maternal instinct turns out to be correct, but I know you'll worry until you're sure.

  6. I am so far out of the loop.. Congrats on being pregnant!! I pray your tests come back negative... (I am reading from the latest to the newest so I am sure I will run into your results).