Secret Diary of a Special Needs Mum: I’m pregnant again

My amazing son who I’ll call J, is nearly three, and was diagnosed soon after birth with a relatively rare genetic condition. We don’t yet know how it will affect him as he grows older, but so far he has battled an array of medical problems. One thing’s for sure, our little family’s life will never be ‘normal’…

Well, it’s been an intense few months. Our big news is that we’re having a new baby in the spring – a little sister for J, we found out a few weeks ago. We are thrilled.

Though I have to admit that being pregnant with a toddler to look after is one of the hardest things I have ever done. (One friend who has been there says it’s even harder than having a toddler and a newborn).

Everything this time has been very different from my pregnancy with J – at least, so far. That pregnancy was a highly unusual one. The normal aches and pains of pregnancy were the least of my worries, because I spent much of the first trimester spotting and having early scans, and then at our 12 week scan we were told J had a slightly above normal nuchal translucency measurement (it was just over 3mm).

We were very worried, but the blood tests came back ‘low-risk’ for chromosomal disorders and so our overall ‘risk’ was only around one in 700. I remember feeling that for a 31-year-old, this was still very high compared to the numbers that other mothers my age seemed to get of one in tens of thousands. But of course, a lot of babies have relatively high nuchal measurements and no health problems.

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