Today was the 16 week appointment. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday but the snowstorm made it impossible to get there. I was very lucky that Deb was able to fit me in after her final patient late this afternoon. I was feeling some nervousness about hearing the heart beat... and some decisions to make about the prenatal screening I was due to have. We had declined the nuchal translucency testing, although I'd originally thought we'd do it. I think the AFP screen is commonly done, though, so I just assumed - again - that we'd do it. But as the day has been drawing near I've been feeling less and less certain,
What do you do with the knowledge? We wouldn't terminate.. that's for sure, and unless my anxiety was sky high if the AFP test was positive, I can't imagine that we'd do more invasive testing.
As luck(?) would have it we couldn't do the blood work today so we have the weekend to think more about it. As Deb said, there's no test which will definitively state whether the baby will lead a life of health or suffering.
But the test might offer some reassurance that things are fine... Any perspectives you might have, I;d love to hear.
Everything else seemed to be going well. Blood pressure fine, no protein or sugar in urine, and, in spite of continuing sickness, I am gaining appropriate weight. Rich didn't come to the appointment so he missed the lovely sound of the heartbeat. It was so much more audible compared to a few weeks ago. Just amazing.... I wish I could record it. You can actually rent dopplers with recorders on them, and I'll admit that I'm tempted :)
The remnants of the snowstorm...