Call Me Mom BUD (Baby Under Development)!

EmmaOne of my dearest friends just found out she is pregnant for the very first time. I am so excited for her to embark on this journey to parenthood.  Just like any first time parent, she’s incredibly nervous and excited at the same time. She shared her news almost immediately, just shy of 5 weeks into it and I silently wished she hadn’t so soon as all the painful memories of my losses came rushing back to me. I know too much. I had to remind myself of the excitement I felt when Vin and I first found out we were pregnant and how everyone shares on their own timeline. I remember when we found out like it was yesterday. It was so much more than joy, I couldn’t contain myself.  I remember that happiness and how beautiful it was… and how fast that was tainted when we found out our baby had Trisomy 18. I was scared for my friend, I know those first few weeks are fragile and many people often miscarry before they even know they are pregnant. I don’t want her or anyone to go through any of that.

20130412_Chan-41Because she’s a dear friend, she’s very aware of my history and of course is equally nervous but also amazingly positive.  Her belief in putting it out into the universe is the courage I wish I had then too. I also know it’s a different world now in prenatal testing.  I had a CVS done several times, as well as amniocentesis with each of my pregnancies, none of which were fun and without risky complications as well as waiting almost half way into your pregnancy to perform.  With my second and third child, waiting until the 15th week and sometimes as far as the 18th week by certain doctors, was excruciating.  With my personal history, an amniocentesis was the only way to get definitive answers, not to mention after the somewhat painful and invasive procedure, you still had to wait up to 2-3 weeks for the results.  As you can imagine, sometimes the worrying itself is worse than the actual results.  I had heard many times about how a person’s emotional well-being can effect the unborn baby and I imagine spending a significant portion of your pregnancy worrying about your child’s development couldn’t be good.

F5EEC77A-6FA5-4AA7-816B-E3F890251331When I heard about Panorama Testing, I wished it had been around when I was pregnant with my first child.  In as early as 9 weeks my friend can get a glimpse into her baby’s development with Panorama Testing and it’s completely non-invasive! That piece of mind can mean everything to a soon to be parent.  Panorama has the lowest false positive rate of any prenatal screening test for the commonly screened chromosomal abnormalities, trisomies 21, 18 and 13.  Getting tested is as simple as getting a blood draw! I was excited to share this information with my friend.  In a few weeks, she will be getting a Panorama Test!

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{ disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Natera, makers of Panorama™ prenatal screen and I am thrilled to be a part of their #PanoramaMoms team giving parents an early glimpse into their baby’s development.  As always, all opinions expressed here are always my own. }