Jump to content

Experience before and after CVS


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Tarantara

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

Just wanting to hear from others about their experiences with CVS.

I had my 12w scan on Tuesday, my OB phoned me on Wednesday afternoon to let me know my combined risk was 1/289, due to low pappa. Age related risk was 1/83, measurement was 2.1mm, so good, and beta hcg was fine.

She recommended that I go through with CVS, and I was booked in at a specialist ultrasound place, and had the procedure this morning.

The baby looked fine before and after the procedure, it's heartrate had increased a little but the dr was pleased with how things went.

The whole thing was a bit uncomfortable, and I've been having a small amount of discomfort for the rest of the day - an odd cramp earlier, and some random shooting pains now.

I just don't know how I feel about any of it :/ The dr who performed the procedure was very 'correct' he let me know that there is a 1/100 risk of losing a healthy pregnancy. He personally hadn't had any patients who had lost a healthy pregnancy due to CVS, but had two adverse results with amnio.

Before the test, I was thinking I just wished I wasn't pregnant, so I wouldn't be having to take such a risk at all. I couldn't wrap my head around there actually being something wrong. I'm worried that I was being overly optimistic about everything.

Now that the procedure is done, I feel much more pessimistic. I feel I won't be hearing any good news and keep envisioning having to break the bad news to everyone and then deal with an awful decision to make.

I also worry that the low pappa will cause all sorts of other issues with the pregnancy.

Anyway, I suppose I'm wondering if these are normal thoughts and feelings. Did you still feel discomfort at the end of the day of your CVS? How did you get through the wait for FISH and complete results?

#2 Runner5

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

Hi Jillian,

I didn't have a CVS, but I did have an amnio at 15.5 weeks due to low PAPP-A.  I lay low for a day or 2 after, just to be safe, and everything was fine, but in saying that, it was a different procedure.  But I can offer further advice on low PAPP-A - my dr said that we are at MARGINALLY increased risk of our placenta quitting early on us.  Basically we will have growth scans from 28 weeks onwards to check that the baby is still growing and if at any point it stops, it means baby qualifies for an early exit.  But that was the only side effect he has mentioned at this point.

Hopefully your results are all good (we paid extra for the FISH method too!) and I hope you're able to relax over the weekend


#3 DS1979

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

I had a cvs with my most recent pregnancy. My scan was good but my papp a results were only 0.3 which made my chances of downs 1: 110. The cvs went well and my results came back clear for no downs. I payed to have my results fast tracked so i had the results in less than 48 hours - very worth the cost.

Due to the low papp a i have had extra growth scans to make sure the placenta is working ok (28 and 34 weeks) and so far so good! I am now just over 35 weeks and all is looking well with bub, it is on the smaller side but so were my other two kids so it's hard to say whether it's from the low papp a or not.

I want to say try not to worry and stress about it all but if you didn't then you wouldn't be human, i know i was terrified until my results came in. Just know it's not uncommon though for many women who have the low papp a to go on to have completely normal pregnancies and healthy babies. Good luck, keep us posted on how it all pans out.

#4 wallofdodo

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

I have had 2 CVS's. I don't remember much from the first, but I remember with the second I had period like pains.

You will be very up and down over the next couple of weeks. Just accept that, and allow the emotions to happen. Make sure you do some special things with your partner this weekend. You just get through, you really do. Once you get the fish results it is such a weight off. Either way good or not so good.

Good luck OP, it is a tough time.

#5 eskimoo

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:23 PM

Hi Jillian

I have had both a CVS and amnio in my two pregnancies.
A CVS in my first pregnancy due to risk coming back 1/79 and an amnio this pregnancy due to low papp-a (0.25mom) and risk 1/280.
The CVS was rather uncomfortable, much more than the amnio and with both I took it very easy for the two days after.  We paid the extra for the FISH results for the CVS and got the results back in 48 hours.  I don't have much advice waiting for results.  Everyone is different.  I just tried to make sure I was busy until at least the FISH results came back.
Our amnio wait was much, much harder as we had additional testing done and didn't find out the results until 20wks (took 5 long weeks).
Your nuchal measurement was pretty good so that's a very good sign.  As for the papp-a, in this pregnancy for me, they aren't even worried about it.  It does have a slight increase in placental deterioration but my high-risk midwife certainly isn't bothered by it.  I had to ask for a growth scan which I only had yesterday at 34 weeks and placenta is looking perfect.  Even though my placenta was rubbish with my first baby, the midwife has told me they'll still let me go to 41 weeks before discussing options.

I know its hard not to worry, but try to keep yourself busy over the weekend until the FISH results are back.  

All the best for you

#6 eskimoo

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:28 PM

QUOTE
You will be very up and down over the next couple of weeks. Just accept that, and allow the emotions to happen. Make sure you do some special things with your partner this weekend. You just get through, you really do. Once you get the fish results it is such a weight off. Either way good or not so good.


well said

#7 Tarantara

Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:27 AM

Thank you all for sharing.

It feels less uncomfortable this morning but I have a small amount of brown discharge which is scaring me a lot.

Going to try taking it easy again today, but I've read that the increased risk of miscarriage is an issue for 14 days, so lots more distraction is in order I think.

ETA and I've had some really sharp stabby pains right in my middle. Could be gas I suppose, just really scary.

Edited by Jillian_10, 23 February 2013 - 08:03 AM.


#8 redmum77

Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

Hi Jillian,
I really feel for you hon, it's a hard wait and a scary thing to go through. I had a cvs with this pregnancy, my age (35) and the bloods (large gap) gave me a 1:78 chance of downs. We did a cvs at 14 weeks, all through the hospital. The results came back clear. I think by then I had been through, and put myself through, so much that I barely cared any more what the results were!

I guess mine is an 'alls well that ends well' story, I hope that's ok. I hurt after the procedure as you described, kinda period pains etc. And a few stabby pains. I leaked what I knew was amniotic fluid that night. I called the hospital and they said to come in in the morning. I was distraught to say the least. I wasn't gushing, but it was a lot more than there should have been. Worst night of my life nearly. I went to the hospital in the morning, the leaking had stopped. They were so lovely, and did everything they could to keep me comfy and calm. They did swabs and scans and the baby was ok, enough fluid left to be ok, and I had stopped leaking. They couldn't really know if the hole was healed though.
I went back in a few days for a rescan to check again that everything was ok. Phew. They really hadn't seen it before I think, so at least that's reassuring to anyone reading this - experienced guy, just a random event.

So all the emotional roller coasters you are riding I think are normal and part of your instinct to protect the baby. From what I know a bit of brown discharge is ok. But if you are at all concerned just phone and they will know for sure. The best thing to do, and how I think I managed to avoid disaster, is rest. Rest rest rest. Feet up, lie back really do stay still. Do not lift anything. I even have two other children, and managed this - they were so good and helpful.

Sorry for the essay, but it can feel like such a lonely journey and EB helped me so so much (including some of the above lovely posters), just wanted to offer that back original.gif You aren't alone and you aren't silly to worry, but as the pp said try to accept that it's normal and then distract yourself. Time will pass, results will come in, and you will cope.

#9 Tarantara

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:54 AM

Thank you all so much for the support.

We got the FISH results this morning, and everything is fine, plus he told me its a male fetus original.gif

I am still having the odd stabby pain, but will see my OB tomorrow, so she can check that he is still OK in there.

I'm still worried about the implications of low pappa, but am trying not to stress out.

#10 Cyaira

Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

Hi Jilian,

Congrats on the FISH results and your little boy - what a relief! original.gif

I had almost *exactly* the same results (I'm almost 37 weeks now). We didn't do the amnio though but have had no further indications of t21 whatsoever so far and I was told if the nasal bone was included in the measurement my risk would have been a lot lower (maybe 1/700?).

The scary stuff: I was told low papp-a can (but not will) indicate problems with the placenta, usually not evident until later on in pregnancy. So you're higher risk for pre-eclampsia and IUGR.

But, this is rare and usually means nothing. I have just been monitored a bit more closely and having more growth scans and of course regular checkups for general wellbeing etc. My BP is low to perfectly normal. Baby is in fact measuring 2 weeks big, not small! It's all very manageable and you're in good hands.

Good luck and try not to worry too much xox

#11 Cyaira

Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

Edit: double post

Edited by Cyaira, 25 February 2013 - 10:13 AM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.

Hack

How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The worst 20 minutes of my life

Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014

George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.

Baseball or baby? Dad's tough choice

What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.

Childbirth choices: five star or free?

It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.

'Where did your boobies go, Mummy?' and other soul-destroying comments from kids

Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Do you read me, baby?

Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Will studying on maternity leave take you away from your most important job?

I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

Preschooler hit by car shortly after baby brother's death

A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.

Gay couple and Thai surrogate in custody tug-of-war

A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.

Couple denied IVF over parenting concerns

A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.

The book that promises to put your children to sleep

Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.

5 things every parent who feels guilty needs to know

Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.

Royals criticise 'dangerous' attempts to photograph Prince George

The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.

'No jab, no play' rule to cover Victorian kindergartens and childcare centres

"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.

15,000 birthing kits on their way to developing countries

Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.

Photo of premmie 'too graphic', fundraising site says

When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.

The latest Bugaboo collections: cool chevron and runner prams

Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.

Making room for two in the bed

Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.

 

FREE TICKET

See Hi-5 LIVE in Sydney!

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.