It is much more common for women to develop feelings of anxiety and low or irritable mood during pregnancy than one might expect. The good news is that treatment options are plentiful to help manage these symptoms and allow a woman to have a positive and enjoyable pregnancy.
Feeling stressed during a high-risk pregnancy is completely understandable. You’re worried for your baby, yourself and your family. Additionally, loss of income due to bed rest (if required), limited physical activity and limited social support, especially of you are confined to a hospital bed, all contribute to increased stress levels.
Compared to traditional prenatal screening tests, NIPT has a higher detection rate and a lower false positive rate. If the testing is reassuring, one can follow-up with her OB/GYN for the rest of your routine screening and ultrasounds that are recommended during pregnancy.
As a prenatal genetic counselor, I spend a lot of time talking to expectant mothers who will be 35 years or older at delivery, or “advanced maternal age”. There is an increased chance with each passing year that our eggs will make an error with separation of the chromosomes (the packets of material that contain our genes) during fertilization.
No matter what the circumstances, no woman is prepared to be placed on bed rest and taken away from all the roles and responsibilities that define her. Suddenly you’re no longer a coworker or a mom, a wife or partner, a daughter, sister or friend.