Two pink lines followed by 999 questions. From the moment you see the results of a positive pregnancy test, the lives of new parents becomes filled with overwhelming joy and worry. You might be thinking, “I’m pregnant. Now What?”…and that’s totally normal. I’ve been there (three times) and wanted to team up with Panorama® Prenatal Screen to give first trimester moms some tips and information on the “Now What”.
Let’s go back to February 2008, April 2010, and August 2014: the three times I found out I was expecting. All three times I felt joy and fear, like every choice I made was going to make or break if for my baby. With my first pregnancy, I relied on the “What to Expect” book. With my second, I relied on my gut (I did fine once before, I’ll do fine again). And with the third, I took to Pinterest to learn ways to make it a healthy pregnancy. And all three times? I learned some new “do’s and don’ts”.
But the best tip I received? Go with your gut – you know your body (and baby) best. Communicating that with your medical provider, even if it’s 999 fears, is going to go a long way for you and baby.
Because you now have a ‘lil miracle growing inside you, that first positive test is time to start preparing for baby and working through what you’re feeling in your body. Panorama prenatal screen provided me with some of “do’s and don’ts” of pregnancy to share. My personal favorite is #1 – to pick a care provider that makes you feel comfortable (this includes ob/gyn doctor, staff, and hospital for delivery). It will help make the rest of it smoother in the long run.
Having had a high-risk pregnancy, I quickly became familiar with tests, ultrasounds, and multiple check-ups. We talked about family history and what prenatal screenings would make sense. Based on our family history and my faith, I passed on many of them. As the pregnancy went on, I wished I had gone through with some of them to put me at ease. One such test is the Panorama, a safe prenatal screening that tell parents more about baby:
[Parents] can find out if baby is at risk for having Down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities. Panorama can also tell parents the gender of their baby. Non-invasive and highly accurate, Panorama has the lowest false positive rate of any prenatal screening test for the commonly screened chromosomal abnormalities, trisomies 21, 18 and 13. And, Panorama can be done as early as nine weeks into pregnancy using a simple blood draw.
If you are expecting and are interested in find out more about Panorama Prenatal Screen, find a medical provider and talk to them about your concerns. Understand that you are not alone. While I (or a medical professional) can’t tell you everything will be okay, we can tell you that knowing the “now what” will make a difference in your pregnancy. (You can also learn more from Panorama on Facebook.)