Wow! I officially hit the six-month mark! I love the fact that despite being six months pregnant, I am still able to stay fit and very active. I am also enjoying every bit of this journey and I am still learning something new about pregnancy each and every day. I giggled the other day when I was on the treadmill watching “Snooki & J-Woww,” and Snooki, who is also pregnant, said, “I am now pooping for two.” Now we know that is surely not true… LOL!
I feel very thankful that my first pregnancy has been so pleasant and smooth. I have not experienced any morning sickness, nausea or other symptoms that I have read and heard about. Therefore, I have been able to stay very active in regards to my schedule with work, appointments, travel and training. Talk about keeping busy these past couple of weeks— I had Kooper’s (our mini bull terrier) graduation, worked with clients, had a follow-up doctor’s appointment, co-hosted the IFBB/NPC LA Grand Prix on July 21 and I interviewed the top three IFBB Pro bikini winners forMuscular Development magazine, traveled some more and I still hit the gym on a regular basis.
I am also very thankful that all recent tests and sonograms have come back looking great, which I am also very relieved about. I must admit that earlier on in my pregnancy, I was a bit scared and nervous. Since my pregnancy was confirmed at 12 weeks and four days, it seemed like I was seeing a doctor, genetic counselor or taking a test almost every week. Plus, on top of that, the doctors and genetic counselors were saying that since I am over 35 years of age, I am considered a high-risk pregnancy. The words “high risk” just scared me! I was even more concerned when they told me that my first trimester blood screen came back with a slight increased risk for Down Syndrome.
That test result surely put up a huge red flag and stopped me clear in my tracks, especially since I did not have much time to research and learn about pregnancy and prenatal tests prior. On top of that, I had worked with children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities when I worked as a pediatric physical therapist, and I knew how difficult it was on the children as well as their families. I just prayed that everything would come back within normal limits and that our baby would be OK in all future tests.
Needless to say, I quickly began researching and learning all I could about prenatal tests and pregnancy. I highly recommend that if you are thinking about getting pregnant or if you are already pregnant, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Yes, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! When I first heard I was a high-risk pregnancy, it sounded scary and surely I was concerned. However, the more I read and learned, the better understanding I had and the more at ease I felt. According to WebMD:
“Your pregnancy is called high-risk if you or your baby has an increased chance of a health problem. Many things can put you at high risk. Being called ‘high-risk’ may sound scary. But it’s just a way for doctors to make sure that you get special attention during your pregnancy. Your doctor will watch you closely during your pregnancy to find any problems early.”
Like WebMD states, it is just a term that means doctors will watch and monitor you more closely during your pregnancy, which I am very happy about. Thankfully, I have a great doctor and her entire staff has been so wonderful and helpful with scheduling, providing me with useful information and helping with insurance pre-authorizations. I have definitely been monitored closely throughout my pregnancy. Up to today, I have had a first trimester blood screen, a second trimester blood screen, three ultrasounds, two anatomy scans, a nuchal translucency test, a MaterniT21 test, an appointment with a perinatologist (specialist), three meetings with genetic counselors and five appointments with my OB/GYN.
After all of these tests, meetings and appointments I am thankful to say that everything with our baby girl and with myself now looks great and there is only a very, very slim risk that our angel will be born with a chromosomal abnormality. She is now the perfect weight and size for her gestational age. I later found out that the first trimester blood screen that originally came back at high risk was actually a FALSE POSITIVE. Therefore, all that worrying and stressing I was going through was for nothing. I want to share with you that the first trimester blood screen has a 5 percent of false positives and an accuracy rate of approximately 85 percent. This is something I wish I knew ahead of time. Here are some helpful links if you are interested in learning more about pregnancy:
I hope that you find what I have shared with you helpful and useful. Like I previously mentioned, I am learning something new each and every day about pregnancy, and I plan on sharing as much as I can with all of you. This is my first pregnancy, so this is a whole new and exciting journey for me. Thank you for tuning in!
Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the week!