The life blood in me.

They take my blood, they have been taking so much of my blood πŸ™‚
All the standard prenatal work-up, then the Serum testing yesterday and today they tested me for 12..12 damn blood clotting factors.
Here is what I was tested for this morning. Yes some of it is alien to me too, will find out more next week:
-CBC (BCP + Diff)
-PT (Prothrombin Time)
-PTT (Partial Thromboplastin Time)
-Antithrombin III
-Lupus Anti-Coagulant
-Anti Cardiolipin AB(antibodies)
-ANA (Antinuclear Antibody )
-ENA (Extractable Nuclear Antigen Antibodies)
-Leiden Factor V
-Prothrombin Gene Mutation (Cystic fibrosis (CF) genotyping)
-Protein S
-Protein C

I am just reading up on these, but basically, they will REALLY determine if I have blood clotting factors and if I should be taking Lovanox or Heparin in pregnancy or not.
As much as I am nervous, (the whole if you look hard enough for something you will find it complex) but I guess it’s better to know and prevent to go through stillbirth. Just stresses me out b/c blood clotting issues was ruled out as the cause of Evan’s death, so it was just a fluke thing that I tested possitive last time.

Just for my own notes and when I come back here to compare. Last time these were my results:
ANA Screen-Fully normal nothing stands out. 
Lupus Anticoagulant test-1.3 (Normal is 1.2-so this is mildly mildly significant)
PTT-40 Normal is 36 so something to watch for…

About mommamaynard

β€œLife is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” β€” Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on July 23, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. i believe PTT can be slightly elevated in pregnancy and that is normal. protein C and protein S are also fluctuant during gestation.
    did they test for MTHFR, or for any genetic concerns (particularly if you’ve an ashkenazi jewish background)?

    • Hmm good to know in case they say yes is is impacted by the pregnancy.
      I had genetic testing done, it’s called the Maternal Serum testing here, they done one in the first and second trimester and then combine them to look at your overall chance of having something genetically wrong, this messures everything from Downs to Placenta function. I have nothing Jewish in my background ever, I am French Canadian and Irish for many many many generations.

  2. I am nervous that I may have one and the tests didnt come out right. The perinatologist said the results may not be right because I am pregnant. The tests should have been done when I wasnt pregnant. Are you already taking aspirin?

    • Ya I am taking aspirin.
      You mean your worried you have one and it came negative cause your pregnant? Usually it’s the other way, it comes back possitive when it would be negative if you were not pregnant.

  3. That’s interesting. I didn’t know they could test for blood clotting factors.

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