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January 11th, 2013, 09:58 PM
Krisnina's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I'm trying not to freak out but after the perinatalogist visit today, I am worried. My first trimester bloodwork came back with a 1:14 chance of downs. I had the maternit21 test that same day and that came back negative -which was good. Today I had my first genetic counsel meeting and met with the perinatalogist and he did a sonogram, but said it was too early to say baby was in the clear and that I need to come back when I am 19 weeks. If that sonogram looks good than my chances for downs will go down. The doctor explained that my papp-a levels were extremely low-being at .2 this is why I am worried. I guess a lot of this can go wrong with the low pappa levels, which includes still birth. I'm less worried about downs and more worried about losing this baby. I'm getting my second trimester screening drawn next Wednesday all I can do is pray that those levels are better. Any words of encouragement for me?

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January 12th, 2013, 05:07 AM
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I have no experience with this so all i can say is pray and enjoy being pregnant. Its hard to not worry so i wont even try to tell you not to. Im praying for you all.
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January 13th, 2013, 04:56 PM
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I will pray you for your little bean.
Mom to M (6), K (4), and little rose (18 months)
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January 16th, 2013, 11:27 PM
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I had my first trimester blood work done and my papp-a level was .22, my HCG and NT scan was normal. I was put into a high risk catagory 1:8 for DS. I am 35 and this is my third pregnancy. I declined the amnio. I had my 20 week genetic ultrasound today, and there were no soft markers for DS. Everything looks great so far. I did not have the blood work done with my first 2 pregnancies. I did however deliever early each time. My first son, now a 6 came almost a month early and my second son, now 2 came two weeks early. I also had a wierd hemmorage with my last pregnancy that lasted about an hour or so, close to a week before I delivered. I am thinking Ive had the low papp-a levels with each pregnancy, mabye that was the cause of my minor complications. If all your other test come back clear, I would not worry. I would just take it easy during your pregnancy to ease any potential complications. Im sure your baby will be born healthy! Enjoy your pregnancy. God Bless!
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January 18th, 2013, 01:07 PM
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I don't have any helpful experience, but good luck! I'll be keeping you and your little one in my thoughts! Hopefully everything goes just fine!

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