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Genetic counseling update

This morning DH and I went to talk to the genetic counselor about our baby's diagnosis of Trisomy 21 and to determine whether it was spontaneous or inherited and what, if anything, we should do next.

The good news is that the type of Trisomy 21 our baby had was spontaneous and not inherited, so while our risk for another chromosome abnormality is increased compared to the general population, it's only increased by fractions of a percent. They also reviewed the blood work my OB did on me for clotting and autoimmune disorders and everything came out normal, so they basically see no reason why we shouldn't be able to have a healthy baby in the future.

We also learned that our baby was a girl :(

So we're essentially done with this hurdle of testing. I did decide to go ahead and do a consult with the RE at the hospital to basically evaluate everything we've done and determine if there's anything else we should be examining. I started the process last week and they called this afternoon to set up my appointment (which won't be until November, unfortunately). After everything we learned today I'm not sure it's necessary to keep the appointment since I feel much better about our circumstances, but I may go anyway just to cover my bases and see what they would do to monitor my next pregnancy initially versus what my OB does/did.

So, long story short, we basically got the best news we could have gotten, which is that our chance of having another chromosome abnormality is about the same as for any other woman my age. We just happen to be terribly, terribly unlucky. But it's better than the alternatives, so we'll take it.

BFP 9/22/10, missed m/c 11/1/10 at 9w3d, D&C 11/3/10, diagnosis: trophoblastic hyperplasia
BFP 6/18/11, missed m/c 8/16/11 at 11w2d, D&C 8/17/11, diagnosis: baby girl with Trisomy 21
BFP 5/29/12, healthy baby boy born 2/12/13 at 40w5d :)
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Re: Genetic counseling update

  • I'm really glad that you two are getting some positive answers. I really wish the best for you and I hope that you'll have your take home baby soon.

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  • I'm sorry for the hurt that this appointment brought, but also thankful for the hope and hopeful for the future for you guys.  :Hugs:
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  • I'm glad you have some hopeful news, although I'm sure it's still very tough to face what you've gone through. 

    I'll be keeping you in my t&p! 

  • I am so sorry you have to go through all of this. I am glad you got some positive news and you will continue to be in my T&Ps.
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  • Glad to hear it's good news... or at least the best news you could have gotten. I've been thinking about you a lot lately. A coworker friend who had 2 miscarriages last year just delivered a healthy baby boy. Keep your hopes up, lady. Your time will come.
  • Bittersweet, indeed.  I hope things keep looking up for you guys from here.  Lots of hugs sent your way!
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  • I'm glad you're getting answers, Meghan and that you're feeling better about your future, even though I know it doesn't make your past losses any easier.  I'm hopeful for you that you are going to have a healthy pregnancy very soon!
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  • Thanks, ladies. It's definitely bittersweet, especially finding out the sex. Now I know I didn't just lose a baby, I lost my daughter, my little girl. It just adds another level of loss.

    That said, I am so glad we went to the genetic counselors, and I am so glad they were able to provide us with some reassurance. It doesn't make this any easier, but it does give me a little bit more hope looking forward. 

    BFP 9/22/10, missed m/c 11/1/10 at 9w3d, D&C 11/3/10, diagnosis: trophoblastic hyperplasia
    BFP 6/18/11, missed m/c 8/16/11 at 11w2d, D&C 8/17/11, diagnosis: baby girl with Trisomy 21
    BFP 5/29/12, healthy baby boy born 2/12/13 at 40w5d :)
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