Petal40 I am trundling along, 3 more days until I test (haha, who am I kidding? I'll be peeing on sticks tomorrow)
Sorry can't help with the harmony test stuff, that was all introduced after my time.
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17-09-2015 07:27 #1094
And I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but I am absolutely delighted you're not feeling well - it's such a great sign and I can't wait to join you!
Can I ask a personal question? Did you get sore boobs at all, and if so at what stage did that happen for you? (I know we are all different, but it's interesting to know.)
Re: The Harmony testing, it is something I will be doing and whilst I don't know much about it, my sister's friend (who also did IVF) had it done. She is late 30's, which is why she chose to look into it.
From what I was told about it, it was not something that was available rurally - she had to travel to a major city (Melbourne) to get it done. It cost her around the $500-$600 mark, which sounds like a lot of money but as I understand it, it is pretty much close to 100% accurate in ruling out DS and other conditions, and once you get your answer you can relax and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy without that constant worry. She herself had previously been given quite a high risk of DS, so the harmony relieved her of that worry. Well worth the cost IMO!
I believe she had her tests done around the 10 week mark. I would still do all the regular scans (I think one is called the neachal fold or something (for DS) via ultrasound?) but Harmony eliminates the need for more invasive testing. Back in the day when my Mum was 45 and pregnant she had to have amniocentesis done - something she found very uncomfortable, and it comes with risks to bub. As far as I know the Harmony is a simple maternal blood test, so no risk present.
My sister also told me that the tests will disclose the gender of the baby, so it's really important if (like me) you want to keep that a surprise, to talk to your Doctor at the time of testing, and also before he/she tells you the results just in case they forget and let it slip!
That's all I know. I'm sure others will have more accurate advice for you.
17-09-2015 07:48 #1095
@Krysta74 for what its worth I never got sore boobs but I think I am unusual in that way (I don't get sore boobs with PMS either). I did get the stomach muscle pain where you think you have done 100 sit ups the day before. Apparently that's the hormone 'relaxin' that relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis.
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17-09-2015 08:08 #1096
Oooh, interesting @Bongley!
I never get sore boobs with PMS either, but I sure have the sit-up feeling good and proper. I had that 6 days post transfer. It never really leaves me much, and is always worse in the evenings. In fact, sometimes it's that feeling that makes me kick hubby off the couch because I feel like I have to lie down.
I do get lower back pain from time to time too. And I pee twice a night now - I'm absolutely bursting to go at 2am and again at 6.30am, but during the day - not so much. I will rue the day I'm sure, but I'm kind of hoping for some more traditional symptoms
17-09-2015 08:09 #1097Senior Member
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Petal - Re Harmony
I had the test at the insistence of my OB even though I used donor eggs and sperm (both from 25year olds) and have twins onboard.
The test is a combo of bloods and an ultrasound. The bloods go to the US and they pull out and identify the different DNA strands in the blood - looking for mother, father and babies then they compare several segments of the babies strands to look for 3 chromosomal problems incl Downs (bloods take 2 weeks). Part of the process is counselling by a doctor here about the possible outcomes of the test and also the possibility that the DNA won't be able to be sufficiently broken down to identify the various people components. I had it done at a private hospital in sydney and it was $395 - the same cost as the Nuchal Plus testing that you usually have at 12 weeks. My OB said the benefit of Harmony is that it has a much higher rate of identifing problems (about 90%+ if I remember correctly) and can be done earlier. He said tha he preferred the Harmony test first and then if any issues, to go and do further testing not to use the Harmony after the Nuchal Plus test as it had a lower accuracy rate so often created unnecessary angst. The OB then had me do an early morphology scan at 14w to do a check on brain, limb and cleft pallet (SP ?) development.
Also, if you are having a singleton, it can id the gender via the DNA. With twins, it is less reliable re gender and they told me it would id if there was a male baby but they couldn't confirm if both were male or either were female - I am not finding out gender until birth so I didn't go any further into that discussion.
Some people say Harmony isn't the best for twins but my OB said it was fine and was happy with the results. (Which was that I/we had less than 1 in 10,000 chance of having any of the issues which is the best score the test gives.) Personally, I was happy I had it done and am happy to say 'go for it'. There are other types of similar tests around (Harmony is a brand name) so you may want to do some research in case a different test appeals or your doctor suggests a different one.
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Cathy69 , I am defiantly keen to get it done. I thought the 10 wk mark was about the time frame, and I see my OB for he first visit at just over 9 wks, so hopefully will work out. I definitely like the idea that it's less invasive, and the accuracy seems high as well.
17-09-2015 08:31 #1100
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@Krysta74 I've had sore BBs since about a week after transfer, but I think the progesterone (crinone) causes that a bit with me. However I've gone up a bra size already! I'm feeling very busty & they are quite sensitive. And the toilet thing sounds like me. I go a couple of times during the night too, but not so much during the day.
I defiantly think the harmony test is the way to go, and like you, I definitely want the sex of the baby to be a surprise, so will have to make sure they are aware of that ☺️
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