Today, I had my First Trimester Screening (FTS) at ADC, KKH, 1130hr.
It’s actually a premier service for the screening for Down Syndrome.
- The vast majority of babies are normal. However all women have a small risk (about 2%) of delivering a baby with a major physical and / or mental handicap. This may be due to a chromosomal abnormality, genetic disease or structural abnormality in the baby.
- The commonest chromosomal abnormality is Down Syndrome. It occurs in 1 out of every 700 babies born. It causes learning difficulties and, in may instances, multiple medical problems.
- Some couples may choose to be tested for Down Syndrome as such information may help them prepare psychologically for the birth of a handicapped child or reach a decision on how to continue the pregnancy.
- Other couples may choose not to be tested for Down Syndrome if they are willing to accept their risk of delivering a handicapped child.
- An invasive diagnostic test is the only way to know definitely if the fetus has a chromosomal abnormality. However, such a test is associated with a risk of miscarriage (less than 1%).
- Screening tests are available to better estimate the risk of Down Syndrome in each pregnancy. This may help couples decide if they want an invasive test.
Ultrasound scan of nuchal translucency (NT) at 11-14 weeks is the single most accurate test for the screening of Down Syndrome.
Hence, recommended by Dr SF Loh, I took KKH Package B as below;
Took my blood test on week 11.
|Package||Tests||Detection Rate||Results available on||Price|
|A||Ultrasound scan at 11-14 weeks||80-85%||Day of scan||$157.50|
|B||Ultrasound scan at 11-14 weeks
Blood test at 11-14 weeks
|90%||2 working days after blood test||$315.00|
|C||Ultrasound scan at 11-14 weeks
Blood test at 15-20 weeks
|90%||2 working days after blood test||$245.40|
Baby Detailed Scan
All praise and thanks to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Alhamdulilah,everything is going well with development so far which is a blessing.
It was indeed a long process for me. Yes, it is indeed tough with the physically, emotionally & mentally difficult I went through. Macam roller coster like that. But to have our very own offspring,no matter how tough, Im willing to sacrifice.
When we decided on the IVF program, Boy reminded me that whatever was to happen would be the will of Allah and that we would accept whatever HIM had planned for us,
“To Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He wills. He bestows female (offspring) upon whom He wills, and bestows male (offspring) upon whom He wills. Or He bestows both males and females and He renders barren whomever He wills. Verily, He is the All-Knower and is Able to do all things.” [Qur’an 42:49 – 50].
We were told of the success rates,
“By looking at the IVF success rates for couples in which fertilization is normal, the woman’s uterus is also normal and the number of embryos transferred is the same, the main remaining variable is that of the woman’s age. Successful IVF programs, have found that their success rates in such couples remain quite high, 40-45% per attempt, through the thirties until age 35. Then the rates begin to drop fairly precipitously. Success rates at age 41 are generally half that of the below age 35 group and by age 45 they are essentially nil.”
And that never never hinder me from having my very own offspring.
I went through it eventually with my family & friends support.:-)
Now, I pray for a smooth journey, a healthy baby & InsyaAllah my edd will be 2nd Oct 2011.
(nie anak Ayah Boy!Oct baby!)
To all those trying to conceive, DONT GIVE UP, your time will come soon, InsyaAllah, with the effort you put in thus far, ALLAH will reward you with your very own offpsring.