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October 18th, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Hi ladies,

I just found out that I have a low Papp A from my last screening test. Has anyone had this??? Has anyone had this and had a healthy baby? I'm freaking out a little. This pregnancy is hard enough without adding more to worry about.


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October 19th, 2012, 04:38 AM
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I'd call back the doctor and ask what does it mean. Hugs and I agree, it's too stressful being pg after a loss, you don't need to be worrying about anything..
Katrina, mom to 7 wonderful children on earth, and 4 guardian angels in heaven.

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October 19th, 2012, 06:45 AM
melissalaw's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I agree with Katrina, I'd call the dr back and ask. I'm not sure what that is. But hopefully your dr can answer your questions and try to put your mind at ease. Pregnancy after a loss is so hard. Sending lots of hugs and prayers for you and baby.

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October 19th, 2012, 10:06 AM
martilynne's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I know that a lot of times they will keep a close eye on you throughout your pregnancy since it can be linked with small babies and pre-term labor. I did have extremely low PAPP-A once but unfortunately my baby wasn't healthy, she had trisomy 18. I know that isn't always the case but that's my experience.

There is a girl in my Dec '10 PR that had low PAPP-A in her current pregnancy and it hasn't been an issue. She is due later this month with a healthy baby boy.

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October 20th, 2012, 11:20 AM
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Are you going to do an amnio JIC? From what I've read on it, it could be a marker for something bad like downs. However, if you only have that one marker and everything else looks good, you could be ok. Layne has a calcium spot on his heart which is a marker for downs I guess. I passed all of my previous screening, so they did not seem to worried. By that time though it was a little late for an amnio seeing how I was already 30+ weeks. He was born normal, and they even ran genetic testing on him after he was born JIC. He is a genetically normal baby.

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October 20th, 2012, 04:12 PM
ohnicole's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Two people I know has low PAPP A in their pregnancies and ended up being followed closely, but in both cases everything turned out fine. I agree that you should have a long talk with your doctor and make sure you get all of your questions answered.
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October 21st, 2012, 10:15 AM
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Thank you for the feedback! I did talk to my dr and he said that all of my results are better than last time including the PAPP-A. He is a high risk dr, so he sees this a lot, but he is not concerned. I am already going to be monitored VERY closely, so I think it should be ok. Our down syndrome risk was 1:23,000 so I feel a little better!

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