So, here’s the scoop.I had first trimester blood work and MaterniT21 bloodowork taken on June 28th, Wednesday. I had a third ultrasound on around June 30th, because there was a concern that the embryo was too small. At that point, embryo should have been 10 1/2 weeks along, but the ultrasound that day confirmed there was no heartbeat, and had stopped growing at 8 weeks 4 days. (However, there was an ultrasound a week and a half before, so there was still a heartbeat at 9 weeks.) Anyway, I then started miscarrying that Saturday during the power outage (read the “Lesson in gratitude” post).
I’m feeling lazy about the rest. Allow my emails to do the talking.
From: BastCoyote (BC)
When you get a chance – can you reiterate the First trimester bloodwork findings- – specially, my question is: How do my results compare to the average NON-pregnant woman taking the same test? (Obviously, non-pregnant women have low HCG levels, so … I’m just wondering if there’s a way to differentiate.)
I’d love to know if the embryo really did have Trisomy 13 or 18, but I am also wondering how reliable the test would have been with fetal demise possibly having happened a week earlier. “1 in 5 chance” makes sense, of course… By the way, my Beta HCG levels today were only 37. So it’s returning to normal quickly.
From: Genetic Counsellor (GC)
As far as the first trimester screening results, these two chemicals are only produced during pregnancy so there wouldn’t be a comparison to a non-pregnant woman. Your point about if you had lost the baby the week before we did the blood work is a good one since that could very well explain why the level s were so low. At this point it is hard to say if the baby had a chromosome issue such as trisomy 18 or 13 or if the results were due to the loss.
Thanks for the additional thoughts. 🙂 I’m going to pass those along as-is to the fertility clinic… I just have a feeling it’s pretty rare for an embryo to have both Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18 (isn’t it??)….
From: Genetic Counsellor