I just had to post my experiences this week after what have definitely been the four most stressful days of my life.
I am 12 weeks pregnant with DC3. On Monday I had my nuchal scan and blood tests. The scan was fine with a reading of 1.4mm but the bloods results were absolutely awful. My hCG was 4.1 MoM which was over four times the level it should be and literally off the scale. My PAPP-A was 0.4 MoM which was half what it should be. High hCG together with low PAPP-A can be an indicator of down's.
My bloods results on their own gave me a risk of down's of 1 in 4 and combined with the nuchal reading a risk of 1 in 20.
I had a cvs on Wednesday which was not exactly pleasant but more uncomfortable than painful.
I have just had my results and am delighted to report the baby does not have down's, edward's or patau's syndromes.
I just thought I'd share my results with fellow mumsnetters to reassure people that bad bloods results can definitely have a positive outcome.
Had my nuchal on Monday, also with a reading of 1.4. Am awaiting blood results. I was told that poor results would be notified by phone, better ones by letter. Haven't heard anything yet and am comforting self with no news being good news. Thank you for posting this wonderful and very encouraging news. May I ask your age? I'm nearly forty. I am so pleased for you and your family and hope that the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly.
The letter arrived today (following two false starts with a double glazing salesman and someone from the bank, both of whom rang me up and scared the life out of me!)and my risk factor is officially 1 in 37,565! That's the bloods and the nuchal combined! How the hell that happened when you factor in my venerable age I have no idea but let's just be grateful for it. The plain stats for a woman of forty are 1 in 150. If I were allowed a big glass of champagne I would be drinking it right now!
At the risk of sounding sactimonious, I gave a donation to the Down's Syndrome Association whose sevices I will not now be needing. If everyone who had a good result does this, they will see their income rise considerably.