I was just going to ask what the Harmony test is but i googled it. I had them done for mine as well. I actually didn't know i did them but i recall the fetal specialist saying something about the test results.
It is a very comprehensive bloodtest that can to about 99% accuracy detect most chromosomal abnormalities. It is obviously safer than an amnio and keeping my age into consideration I would probably be advised to do an amnio after my history of miscarraiges lately. However, with the Harmony (or the Panorama) all of the major concerns can be ruled out before the 12 week nuchal fold scan.
So, our plan is to do the bloodtest at the earliest we can (I think it is from 9 weeks) and it takes 2 - 3 weeks for the results to be available. The only hickup is the cost. I think it is something between R6000 - R10000. (and medical aids do not cover the cost as far as I know)
wow okay ! i actually now don't know if i did do it... it was all a whirlwind so i may have, i may not. purely because of history i think i went through extensive tests.
i know a lot of people don't like doing these tests and checks etc but i personally am for them.
so for me my checks aside from all the bloods and the usual checks etc are:
12 weeks i see the fetal specialist - check for the heart condition and anything else
20 weeks i see him again - heart is fully grown at this stage - so its a double check
20 weeks - pediatric cardiologist - same story as above ( he is in JHB )
as you can imagine, each time is completely nerve wrecking for us!!
We will also be doing the anatomy scan at 20 weeks (I have also done that with my previous 2 healthy pregnancies). I would prefer to just trust in God and not do all these tests, but I am a worrier in nature and after all these losses it is worse. With the 12 week nuchal fold scan they usually do a screening bloodtest (it is standard). But, that bloodtest gives a lot of false positives. Since I am older - the Harmony / Panorama is recommended.
If the cardiology problems in your first pregnancy is related to chromosomal issues - I suspect they might suggest the Harmony for you as well. But, if it was purely congenital - then they might not.
I am really so sorry for your loss with your first pregnancy. I do not think a mommy ever gets "over" something like that. I believe that this pregnancy will be fine - you will have a healthy baby. Luckily we are all here to cheer each other on and support one another. December 2017....will be filled with little sweet HEALTHY babies and lots of love and our only worries will be whether we should be buying Pampers or Huggies.
I'm such a beginner at this and i have no idea about most of these tests! All I can say is that i am praying so hard for you ladies and that both of your pregnancies go smoothly.
My only concern with the tests is that it reveals a possible problem and you spend the rest of your pregnancy stressing and then the baby is born with no problems whatsoever. I suppose the days of being totally stress free are over hey!
I just received my BETA and it is 4345! I am about 6w1d, will get a better idea once I go for a scan as I don't know if i ovulated normally after the IVF cycle.
So so happy and feeling very blessed
April 2015: Trying for #1
November 2015: Diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis. Laparascopy to remove chocolate cyst and most of endo. Tubes
blocked and referred for IVF... Visanne prescribed.
Oct 2016 - IVF#1 - BFN
March 2017 - FET - BFN
April 2017 - Surprise BFP!
June 17 -Late M/C 13w4
Aug 17 - Chemical pregnancy M/C 5 weeks
Nov 17- BFP on my birthday! 13DPO BETA 201