“First comes the stretching In order to squeeze something the size of a watermelon through something the size of a lemon, a woman’s body must stretch from the inside out—which, like a comic-book hero, it manages to do thanks to a hurricane of hormones....
Every year, more than 1 million pregnant women in the United States are placed on bed rest or some type of restricted activity, but no one EVER expects it to happen to them. The moment your doctor places you on bed rest is a shock.
If you are pregnant, you already know that sleep patterns change during pregnancy. About 75% of pregnant women, in fact, report a disturbance in their sleep patterns during pregnancy. You might find yourself waking up too early or too many times during the night.
Quad and combined screening can offer valuable information regarding the pregnancy, but women must understand that the false positive rate will be higher as age increases compared to women less than 35 years old. These tests do have the advantage of being widely covered by health insurance companies and are thus available to the majority of pregnant women.
It is important to remember that the NIPT/cffDNA is a form of antenatal serum screening. Although it does not replace the quad or combined screening, NIPT/cffDNA does perform better at detecting Down syndrome, Trisomy 18 and 13 when compared to traditional antenatal serum screening.