Because I am an anal little nerd, and because I’ve been around the block a few times, I decided to type up a little info sheet for the technician in preparation for next week’s (eek!) big NT scan and CVS:
Dx PCOS, Endo, 10 IVFs, 3 IUIs, 7 pregnancies, two known trisomies, two suspected trisomies, two lives births (including one set of twins), one neonatal death, one set surviving twins
2002 – ectopic pregnancy
2002 – Early vanishing twin, remaining embryo MC 8w3d – Trisomy 21
2003 – quad pregnancy. 12w scan showed following risk factors:
Baby A – 1 in 2 – S/R
Baby B – 1 in 15 – CVS – normal male – still born @ 21w
Baby C – 1 in 25 – CVS – normal male –born prem @ 26w, died 10 days later
Baby D – 1 in 200 – suspected heart defect, S/R
2004 – twin pregnancy – low risk on nuchal scan, so no CVS. 16w scan showed potential marker (hole in heart), did amnio – normal b / g twins, live birth
2005 – 2006 – contraception - Mirena
2007 – spontaneous conception – MC 6/7w – Trisomy 13
2008 – spontaneous conception – MC <6W ??
2008 – spontaneous conception – current pregnancy
As you will see by my list, my record is not exactly stellar when it comes to chromosomally ‘normal’ pregnancies. And those were all pregnancies in my mid thirties. Seeing as I am Very Old now, I am pretty sure I am going to hit the 1 in under a hundred odds even before I lie on that exam bed.
I am very nervous for the CVS, the last one I had was not nice. I found it very painful and quite traumatic. And I know how agonizing the wait is going to be afterwards. In fact, I am absolutely dreading next week. And yes, I know the risks of CVS, having done both CVS and amnio in the past. But it is a risk I am prepared to take because unfortunately, unlike so many of you have indicated you are, I don’t think I am special enough for a special needs child.
I need my LBC today (1pm). As the nausea abates, the paranoia increases. And of course it doesn’t help that I got the Doppler this weekend and couldn’t find the heartbeat. Didn’t know where to look, so tried for five minutes, got too anxious and gave up. Lovely. Fun fun fun.
I just want next week over with. I feel as if I have been holding my breath since I found out I am pregnant, and I can’t wait to exhale.
Update: LBC = all well. Phew. My lovely gynae who I love, helped me find the hb with the doppler, you were right, I was WAY off course - I was buggering around close to my belly button when I should have been poking around near my pubic bone. No wonder it took us so long to conceive, we've clearly been poking around in the wrong area all this time.