I called Dr. K yesterday. I wanted to ask him about getting some blood tests (HcG and PAPP-A) right before I come in for nuhcal scan on the 26th. He told me to wait, that he will do my scan, send me to a genetic specialist who will run some blood tests and calculate my risk. Ok then perfect.
I am 37 now, I'll be 38, God Willing, when I deliver my babies sometime in the Fall so I fall into that beautiful high risk category don't I? I read that a woman giving birth at age 38 her risk factor for Down's Symdrome is 1 in 259. So what does that mean? I know it means I have a 1 out of 259 chance that my baby could have Down's, I get that. But am I looking for my risk to be lower than that after they calculate my nuchal measurements and blood tests? That I am confused on.
It's all good though. I have decided to take things as they come and pray all will continue well. I am so glad Dr. K and I are on the same page and he is so easy to talk to and admires my self-education. Thanks Dr. Google, even though I've been dissin' you lately.
So the bargaining for my blood... A few days ago I went to a few labs here where I live to get prices and time it would take to get results for the HcG (I knew that would be just a few hours and not expensive) and the PAPP-A (pregnancy associated plasma protein A) which i did know how long results would take nor how much it cost.
The first lab I went to, the one I have used for all my betas, gave me their price and said it would take 4 days for PAPP-A results. The second lab gave me their price and said it would take 3 days for the results. This second lab would have cost me less for both tests than my usual lab who's price for just the PAPP-A was more.
Anyway turns out I won't need to go to either now, but I thought it was funny as the second lab I got her to go down for total costs, LOL. Not only can you bargain for fruits and vegetables here but blood tests too. Love it.
So I have been doing alot of reading about what is looked at and measured in this nuchal scan. I think I have a very good understanding of what we should see and some typical numbers or measurements that are good. I am so excited and a bit nervous for the 26th, and it can't get here fast enough.
A question on the triple test, this should be done around 16 weeks, is that right? So blood tests for the upcoming nuchal scan should be HcG and PAPP-A right? Anything else?