When the results from my sequential screening indicated that my PAPP-A results were abnormal, I didn’t know what to think. I’d never heard of this test before, and had no idea it was part of the series, or whether I’d been tested for it before with Emma. I immediately searched the interwebs, which is never a good idea. All sorts of terrifying information came up including higher risk of birth defects to stillborn babies.
Even though my doctors played it down, I was still so stressed about it this entire time. The general consensus was that it could possibly mean a smaller baby, nothing to be too concerned about. I would have to undergo another ultrasound in my third trimester to make sure that the baby is growing and thriving. If he wasn’t, they would take him early. It seemed like an eternity to have to wait another 15 weeks for the next ultrasound.
Yesterday, it was finally time to go in and check. I had prayed and asked friends and family to keep us in their thoughts. Unfortunately I had to go alone since my husband had to work which was even more nerve-wracking; I barely talked with the technician because I was nervously analyzing all of the images she took. She did tell me that the baby is head down, in position for blast-off. And we confirmed he is definitely still a boy.
Afterward, I waited for the doctor to come in and go over the results. She informed me that the baby is a week ahead in growth (yay!) and everything looks fine. What a relief, I am so thankful. The measurements also indicated that he is already over 5 pounds. Going by the half a pound weight gain per week theory, we could be looking at a 9 pound baby if he arrives at 40 weeks. Good Lord.
So as relieved as I am to hear this good news, now I’m just a tad nervous about what’s ahead. I really don’t want to have a c-section, but I had tearing issues with Emma who was just under 8 pounds. We’ll see how it goes, I guess.
I’d always wanted three children, but after the way this pregnancy has gone I’m not so sure anymore. I’ve been sick too many times to count, had the flu virus twice and the stomach once, along with every pregnancy issue you can dream of. It’s been rough.
If I ever have a change of heart, I will not submit to these additional screening tests again. There are a lot of false positives that come as a result which causes a lot of undue stress. But that’s just me.