Today was a fun visit up north to good ole' JHH. We met with specialists in genetics and maternal-fetal medicine to discuss pregnancy outcomes, and the results of our genetic screening.
Turns out that Hubs and I have pretty clean genes for your average humans. None of our genes are predisposed to combine to make a baby-time bomb, or one of the several "scarier" genetic problems that can occur in a pregnancy. Hurray!
We did take this additional panel of tests to determine if we are carriers of any blood-related disorders, because of Little Man's medical history. Obviously since Little Man has a different father, his problems would be from that combination of genes and not Hubs/My genes. But it was something we looked into nonetheless. And that panel actually did turn up a few things for the Hubs and I. Nothing concerning for Baby Vegas, because A) It's a done deal, he's already cooking in there, and B) There is really not too much to be freaked out about. I carry a gene that ups my risk of a baby having neural tube defects by .01%... So I am advised to take more folic acid before pregnancy and in the first trimester. A little late for that now, but it would be helpful in the future. But that it is it as far as major concerns for this little fetus. We will be getting extra ultrasounds to keep checking the baby for any potential bleeds, but we should be able to have a natural birth without any concerns.
Me on the other hand - I've got some "ughs" to deal with now. They detected that I have this prothrombrin thrombophilia gene mutation. Which means I have to be on the lookout for blood clots, especially during my pregnancy. Depending on my doctor's decisions this week, I may have to go on blood thinners during my pregnancy, which would mean daily shots. I will most likely have to be on blood thinners immediately after delivery and post-partum. Yuck. So I am still a high-risk pregnancy, and would continue to be in that category for future pregnancies.
I am more than a little freaked out by all this new information, and I am still processing what it means for us now and for future pregnancies. I think I am okay. I'm trying to be okay. In the grand scheme of things, this is not that bad. Just gotta keep reminding myself that there were a million more things that could have been wrong, and this is not. that. bad.