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    Lilwish, my obs said not to worry about brown discharge. And I had cramping growing in strength right up until 14 weeks (when it felt like the beginning of a really, really bad AF), which caused me lots of stress but in reality was just baby growing and stretching my uterus. I was told it was very, very normal. Hang in there, I know how stressful this is - my last miscarriage was at 14 weeks and if you read back through this blog you will see how anxious (read: terrified) I was at 12, 13 and 14 weeks. I'd love to tell you I am relaxed now I am past the viability threshold of 28 weeks, but to be honest, I don't think I will relax until this baby is in my arms. Having said that I am a big believer in the power of acupuncture to relax - I am continuing to have it weekly and I have the BEST night's sleep afterward - and if that is working for you keep it up, try to keep you mind off things (stay off Dr Google!!!) and hang in there. I know everyone on this blog, posters and lurkers, is keeping everything crossed that your baby is doing just fine.

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    Hi Girls,
    Haven't been posting much lately -- work has been keeping me pretty busy, and tired as well but I have been trying to keep up with the reading !

    LilWish -- I have my fingers crossed for you -- hope everythingis going well.

    AFM -- I had my NT scan today -- feeling a little bit shell shocked:

    My NT measurement: <2 (about 1.9ish)
    Nasal bone : seen

    Free beta HCG: 1.1
    PAPP-A: 0.22

    Adjusted risk 1 in 4 for Downs ... or something else. It is the papp-a that has caused the adjusted risk + my age + what ever else they use to adjust it.

    I think they were happy to give me a CVS there and then but we wanted to talk to our OB first. He rang but my phone was off and he said he would callback tomorrow but I will be at work and I don't know how I will be able to talk to him or what to say or ask or how I will be able to talk to him with kids (i work in a school) and people, and poor phone reception .... I am starting to feel more upset the more it sinks in ... I just don't know what to do.

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    CJM1, I am so, so sorry you are going through this - massive hugs

    I have been through a problematic 13 week scan, so have a few suggestions that may or may not feel right to you - I just didn't want you to feel alone, or that you are the only person to have been through this.

    The first thing I thought I might mention is something the obs said to me, which is that the nuchal scan is a screening test, NOT a diagnosis. It simply identifies who should have a further investigation. And you have to read the odds the other way too - there is still a 3 in 4 chance that everything is okay.

    Is it possible to get in to physically see your obs tomorrow? I know he is going to call you, but most will make time to see you in situations like this, and I think it is an easier discussion to have face-to-face, even if you have to blow off a day at work. I personally find it easier to have medical discussions in person - my brain kind of freezes up over the phone!

    In terms of what questions to ask, I guess the decision on whether to investigate further depends a bit on whether you are the sort of person who prefers to know things or whether you would rather not to know - as I am the sort of person who would always rather know, my questions were about the relative merits of CVS versus amnio. At the prompting of a friend, I also asked my obs for advice as to who was the best person to do the procedure. The risk rates of miscarriage vary greatly according to the expertise of the doctor doing the procedure - the more experienced the doctor the lower the rate of miscarriage. I also wrote down a series of questions I had about the results so I wouldn't forget anything.

    I am thinking of you - try to take care of yourself.

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    cjm1 - I am so sorry that you have to go through this. It was my biggest fear - the NT test. I have to agree with what tryingfortwo stated, it is a test of statistics not a diagnosis. It must have been a difficult night for you, I imagine there wasnt much sleep in your house. At the time of the NT scan, I did much reading on other threads on Bubhub to read of other experiences of women who had undergone the CVS and / or animo tests. I was incredibly reassured reading those stories, as everyone stated it was not a big deal and no one reported MC following it. My thoughts are with you. Only you know what is right for you and what your next step will be. Please note, we are all here for you

    Tryingfortwo - How are you ! Very happy I am sure, congratulations on reaching 28 weeks ! I was told a similar thing to you, once I had passed 27 weeks, I would be able to birth Annika. The next 10 weeks are going to fly, hun. Enjoy your coupledom! As once bub is born there will be little time for it. Prior to Annika being born, DH and I went and saw many movies, and just enjoyed eachother. I am so excited for you !!! I cant believe you got to see litle bub breathing, incredible. Oh another thing we did before bub was born, was make a video recording of the type of parents we hoped to be, Annika is only 6 weeks old, and already this recording is so funny to us!!

    Wannabb - How are you ? Where are you up to?

    lilwish - Congrats on your 7 week scan. The first 12 - 20 weeks are so stressful. I was also told by my obs to not to worry about the brown discharge, which i didnt have - I had bright red! it is so hard to keep calm, when there are so many anxiety provoking things happening! I did a lot of visualisation. In fact, I did it every day. I would lay in bed and imagine my bub growing and becoming stronger and bigger. I dont know if it helped, but it did reduce my anxiety.

    ATM - Annika is 6 weeks old. I am still in shock and so grateful that we made it. I had my last obs/fertility specialist appointment yesterday. It is finally all over. The wound from the C-section opened up, and there have been some complications and discomfort, but it is such a small price to pay

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    frostymum - Did you pick your hospital?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammalinz View Post
    frostymum - Did you pick your hospital?
    Not sure what you mean? I did choose the hospital for specific reasons, the most important of all is that it is a tertiary hospital with NICU in case I go into premature labour. Second main reason is the Ob only practises out of that hospital. I did also specifically choose the Ob due to her experience in complicated pregnancies and births. (Only then later I found out that she has had multiple miscarriages like I did). This baby from conception to birth would have to be the most engineered part of my life LOL, but still we encountered so many unplanned hurdles. That's life.

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    CJM1, Been thinking about you today and hoping everything is okay.

    Lilwish, hoping your little belly bean is staying stuck, nice and cosy.

    Mammalinz, OMG discharged from the FS/Obs! What a milestone! Sounds like all is going well for you - are you still planning on going back to work soon? Six weeks has passed so quickly - how is Miss Annika going?

    AFM, feeling very blessed today. Gestational diabetes test came back normal, and I am 30 weeks on Thursday. In fact I now need to schedule my maternity leave! I'm a bit over work as my feet swelling has got worse and I get very tired during the day, so I think I will work up until 34 weeks but pull the pin then. Quite excited that I actually get paid leave from work - didn't think I would qualify as I am a casual, but I do! It has made a big difference to the financial picture. Next appointment with the obs is on Friday.

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    Frosty, good to hear from you! How are you feeling? Glenda still wouldn't give me a date until she got my gestational diabetes result (which she rang me with yesterday - NORMAL! ) and my liver function test results, but I am hoping that they will be normal and she will give it to me on Friday. We have our tour of the Mater on 6th March - its all just getting so close, I almost can't believe it. Have gotton all the inlaws to get their whooping cough vaccine - had to put my foot down with DH's Dad who told me that he didn't think it was necessary (and no, he has no medical background!) so I very sweetly told him that if he didn't have it then I wouldn't let him see the baby until he had his 2 month shots. DH backed me up which was good.

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    Hi TFT! I was just at Glenda's today. Bub is measuring right on the date. Twice in a row I've been called textbook. So weird after being in the abnormal/high risk group for so long. She's pencilled me in for 1st or 2nd May, but have to borrow a slot off other gynaes and still waiting for one of them to OK it. We painted the baby's room on the weekend, my back suffered for it. Apart from my damn numb hands and the constipation I'm going fine. I'm working till end of March. Re: the whooping cough vaccine, I'll just grab a bunch from work and have it ready in the fridge to jab my parents and anyone who might come. I don't think my MIL is going to come, well she hasn't said anything. My parents are planning to be here about a week before. Everyone in the house is done and I can safely presume all my friends and workmates are all vaccinated, not sure if any of DH's friends will show though.
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    CJM1, I so hope you've got some answers and comfort about the tests. It must be a very tough time (yet another one!)

    Trying, so glad test went well and you're feeling so settled at last. It should be an easier run now.

    Mammalinz, congrats on graduation! This means you no longer have to worry about anything... haha as if! At least all the fertility stuff is definitely behind you now, and you can just enjoy Annika.
    Thanks for the reminder that you had pink spotting, as that's what I've now got. I wish I could accept it as normal tho.

    Frosty, great to hear your bub is on target and you're 'textbook'! I think I'm just textbook "unexplained infertility" and that's it... You're very lucky, and you deserve it after all you've been thru.

    AFM, I'm convinced it's all over. Spotting has gradually increased, and was pink today. A bit of cramping on and off but the spotting is what bothers me... both my prior mc's have been indicated by spotting just like this. I know they say it's normal but has never been normal for me, unfortunately. I'm a state of numbness at the mo - only broke into tears when I told my supervisor this morning (cos I prob won't be back at work after scan on Thurs and will need time off for d&c etc)... she was gr8 and said if I need to work from home or whatever we can work it out - just to look after myself. Other than that, I'm saving my tears for the confirmation at thurs scan. Would be 9wks then - longest I've gone is 8wks. I guess it's not meant to be


 

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