Please note: This story is sponsored and I was compensated for my time, but the anecdotes found within are true, especially the peeing myself parts. I do that all the time.
It has happened three times. Three times I had unexpected pregnancies. Three times those two pink lines showed up when I woke up one morning with boobs that had grown three cup sizes overnight. Three times the pregnancy tests were taken in Florida. Two babies born in Florida, one in Georgia. One bout with bed rest, three times two leaky breasts from 17 weeks gestation, and one exhausted bladder.
I wish someone had told me when I got pregnant at the age of 19 that my bladder would go from a youthful, athletic, 19 year old bladder, to the bladder of an 80 year old by my third trimester. Mine was a bit of an extreme case, but I think most moms can attest to the fact that there is some level of light bladder leakage that occurs after you’ve given birth. My issues started in the third trimester when my son was laying on the nerves that send signals to your brain that you have to empty your bladder. As a result, I didn’t know I had to pee until I was wetting my pants, literally.
The day Styles was born, I was changing his first tarry, black, meconium-filled diaper, and my sister started yelling, “SUMMER! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!”
and I was all “Um, changing my kid’s diaper!” just before I realized that the warm feeling in my legs wasn’t just the warm fuzzies from just having given birth.
Whoops. So much for THOSE silk jammies.
When you’re first struck with the realization that you’re pregnant, whether it’s the first time or the third, there is so much that runs through your mind.
- When will I start feeling sick to my stomach all the time?
- Will I make it out of the first trimester?
- Why do my boobs hurt already?
- Why do I have to pee every 5 minutes already?
- Is it a boy or a girl?
- OMG When can I find out if it’s a boy or a girl?
- Will I live to 20 weeks to find out if it’s a boy or a girl, or will I die of anticipation before then?
- Will they go to my alma mater?
- How am I NOT going to be like my parents?
- OH NO! Can my husband and I still. . . ?
- You may not ever begin feeling sick to your stomach all the time, but if you do, it should go away between 12 and 16 weeks.
- You’ll survive. Just take your vitamins and get lots of sleep.
- Hormones, honey! Get a comfortable bra!
- Again, those pesky hormones. Invest in some pantyliners. You can thank me next time you pee yourself laughing.
- If you have an aversion to chicken, chances are you’re having a boy – I can’t explain way, but it has been true for all of my friends who have had a first trimester chicken aversion. The problem with that is that just because you AREN’T having a chicken aversion, doesn’t mean you are having a girl. There IS a better way.
- You can find out at 9 weeks! True story! More on that down below!
- You don’t have to wait that long! Hang on a second and I’ll explain!
- I don’t know, but in my case, I certainly hope so – War Eagle!
- It’s inevitable – you will be just like your parents.
- Duh! Being pregnant makes you a sexy beast!
I know you’re hung up on the fact I’m telling you that you can find out whether you need to start buying blue or pink, so let’s just focus on that.
Panorama is a DNA screening test that can tell parents all kinds of super cool, need-to-know information about their pregnancies and the babies they are growing. They can find out if there is a risk for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities and the gender of the baby. The best part about this test is that unlike an amniocentesis where a 500″ needle is stuck through your belly, Panorama is a non-invasive test that gives definitive answers, and has the lowest false positive rate of any prenatal screen for the commonly screened chromosomal abnormalities, trisomies 21, 18, and 13. The Panorama DNA screening test can be done as early as 9 weeks gestation so that you don’t have to spend half of your pregnancy worrying about what you need to do to prepare for your little bundle of joy. Pregnancy is worrisome enough!
Panorama is completely safe for you and baby, unlike other DNA screening tests, and is done with a single blood draw. Isn’t it great to live in 2015? There wasn’t anything like this around back in 2001 when my first bundle of poo was born.
It’s so nice to have answers early on, simply so you know how to prepare. The Horizon Carrier Screening is a simple test that looks at your genetics to see if you are a carrier for specific autosomal recessive and X-linked genetic conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis or Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Being a carrier doesn’t mean your child will develop these conditions, but if you and your partner are both carriers, the chances become higher. Knowing is just one more step to take so you can prepare for delivery and life after birth.
So, who exactly needs a Panorama Test? If you’re pregnant, you might! Talk to your health care provider and discuss your concerns with them. They will steer you in the right direction. Click here to find a Panorama Test provider and make sure you’re prepared for whatever pregnancy throws your way.
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