Post # 1
We had our 12 week ultrasound today, which was the 2nd part of our first trimester screening (I had the blood work done at 10 weeks). The ultrasound looked perfect and we were really optimistic we would get the all clear, but the blood tests came back with something amiss, so our doc recommended that we go in for CVS.
We know that statistics are on our side (there is a 98% chance or so that everything is totally fine) but I can’t help be completely freaked out. We are getting the test on Tuesday and are asking them to rush the results (whether insurance covers it or not I cannot wait 10-14 days!!). The next week is going to be a long one.
Has anyone else had this done? How did it turn out for you?
ps–I am looking for support and information, not your judgment as to whether you would have invasive tests and whether or not you would continue a pregnancy with abnormal genetics, that’s all for a different thread!!
Post # 3
I didn’t, but I do know there are lots of reasons for an “anomoly” to show up.
Good luck and I hope everything turns out alright for all of you!!!
Post # 4
I am only 10 weeks so i am not at the point you are yet, but i would totally put a rush even if my insurance didnt want to cough up the $ i couldnt stand the wait either. I hope that everything turns out great for you and your little one!
Post # 5
I’ve never gone through it but my thoughts are with you during this anxious time.
Post # 6
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Mandy (Mrs. Dumpling) wrote about having the same kind of experience when she was pregnant with Mia – so all I have for you are hugs and support. Good luck. Whatever you decide will be the best decision for you, mkay?
Post # 7
I’ve had both a CVS and an amnio (different pregnancies). With my first pregnancy, we had signs all along that something was wrong, and I wanted definitive answers, so we went in for a CVS as soon as the doc would do one. I have never been so worried that I would lose control of my bladder- yes, you’ll probably need a full bladder, but don’t go too overboard with it like I did! It was uncomfortable, but short- mine was done transvaginally, guided by the sonogram. (I think the discomfort was mainly because I had to pee sooooo bad) I felt very comfortable with how competent and experienced the OB specialist doing the procedure was- I really worried very little about procedure-related complications. We got our preliminary results two days later- I know that those results included major sex-linked chromosomal abnormalities, as well as some of the major trisomies. It took about seven days for the rest of the results to come in. We didn’t order a particular rush- this was a standard timeline for our providers. The genetic counselor was really supportive throughout the whole thing. While we didn’t like the results, I VASTLY preferrred knowing what I was dealing with.
With our second pregnancy, everything has been looking normal from the start, so we decided to wait and do an amnio instead of a CVS- I still wanted as much information about the baby’s health in advance as I could get. I think if we have any future pregnancies, I’ll probably just do the CVS each time whether or not it is indicated. I’d feel a lot better knowing what we’re dealing with as soon as possible.
Post # 8
I’ve been there, done that and have the tshirt.
I did not need a full bladder. We had a 1:24 risk of a genetic syndrome, so we wanted to know what we were getting into, especially with me being AMA.
Doc came in, prepped the belly, used US to guide himself and then used this weird grabber contraption with a needle on it to go through the belly skin. Once they are into the uterus, there is a little basket grabber device that deploys and grabs a tissue sample. They usually do this 3 times (grab, grab, grab). This was the only part that was uncomfortable.
I was really distraught that day because of an incident that happened in the waiting room (one of the doctors yelled at me for coughing!), so I was very upset by the time I got in there (tears, the whole 9 yards)… not to mention that I was completely freaked that my baby was going to have some lethal anomoly.
We also did the preliminary 1 day turn around for the quick FISH, but remember that this gives you only a preliminary answer. There are definitely other issues that they can find on the comprehensive chromosomes, but we did rest easier knowing that she appeared to be 46 XX. I’ll always love our genetic counselor for telling us it was a girl! After the 10 day test (which only took 7 days for us), we found out we were in the clear.
I thought the whole experience was so worth it just to have peace of mind!
Post # 9
There’s no doubt that this is a very anxious time during a pregnancy, so while I can’t offer any advice, I can offer you my thoughts and well wishes.
Post # 10
OP, I hope you’ll post how it went on Tuesday, and I’m curious to read about others’ experiences. I’ll be having a CVS during our week 12, but I’m a bit anxious about the discomfort (really just discomfort or are there parts that will hurt?). Also, I’m not sure if they’re going to do it through the belly or transvaginally, and I’m curious how either might result in a different experience. I know that they are done in a different way, but is one more uncomfortable than the other, etc.?
Post # 11
It hurts a little bit, but was over quickly and I felt better the next day. It’s the most nerve wracking thing to wait for the results, but we were able to find out we had a healthy boy when two days before they told us we had something like 1 in 34 chance of down’s. Message me if you want!
Post # 12
Thanks, ladies! I go in tomorrow afternoon and will definitely come back here and let you know how it goes. I appreciate the support and have my fingers crossed that this is just a bump in the road on our way to a beatiful, healthy baby.
Post # 13
Had the CVS today. Our genetic counselor is really optimistic that she will be calling us with good news, we get the results by Friday.
The procedure itself isn’t that bad. We had a long ultrasound, which was so cool, and they use that to determine if they will go in through the vagina or your abdomen, it all depends on the position of both the baby and the placenta. For me they went vaginal and it really wasn’t that much worse than a pap smear. It was a little more uncomfortable, but really not bad at all. Now I am on mandatory 24 hour bedrest, so I am just curled up on the couch letting the husband take care of me.
If anyone has questions about the procedure, I will answer them the best I can and I will come back later this week with the results!
Post # 14
Glad to hear the procedure went well. Enjoy your bed rest, and being pampered by your Darling Husband. I hope you get good results.
Post # 15
Stay calm, and think positive. Message me if you need to – it’s an annoying wait, I know.
Post # 16
@beanieboo: not to hijack, but did you know that one of our daughter’s main nicknames is beanieboo?!
We call her bean a lot and beanieboo just kind of evolved.