This pregnancy was something I was very anxious about. Since it took us a long time to get pregnant, and going through IVF, I spent the majority of the first few months worried something was going to go wrong. I mean that’s pretty normal, right? When I was contacted to try the PreTRM Test I knew it was something I wanted to do. Since getting pregnant was such a challenge, I just wanted to know as much as I could.
What is the PreTRM test? It is the first and only prenatal blood test that is clinically validated to be an excellent predictor of preterm birth, in all asymptomatic women who are pregnant with one baby. Preterm birth (defined as before 37 weeks) is a large health and economic problem in the U.S. The PreTRM test requires a simple blood draw taken during the 19th or 20th week of pregnancy.
Traditional methods fail to identify the great majority (more than 85%) of asymptomatic women carrying a single child, resulting in too many babies being born too early with health problems that can last a lifetime. In the US, 1 in 10 pregnancies end in premature birth; this is one of the highest rates in the developed world. Certain women are at increased risk and don’t know it: 50% of women who go onto have a premature birth have no risk factors.
I wanted to know my risk so both my doctor and I could be prepared! Who wouldn’t? My doctor was pretty excited for me to try the test out as well. It was a very easy blood test. The lab technician came to my house, drew one small tube of blood and within 10 days the results were sent back to my doctor. I was at an 8% risk (very low likelihood) for preterm birth which made me breath a HUGE sigh of relief.
Since this is an elective test I know it’s up to each woman if she chooses to find out or not. I am someone who likes to have all of the information possible, especially when it comes to my baby’s health. Call it my Type A personality, but for me knowing if I was at risk was important.
You can get more information on the PreTRM website
I would love to know if you would consider the PreTRM test? Let me know in the comments!
This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.