During my recent travels, I was reminded of what it was like to have little babies and toddlers on a long flight. I saw moms and dads chasing their active toddlers running down the aisle of the plane. There was one mom who balanced a baby holding a change of diapers and baby wipes in another hand. One family had an army of yayas caring for the kids; the yayas would bring the toddler to Business Class cabin when the parents wanted. Wow, that was me a few years ago. Minus the yayas and Business Class. We have never traveled with a yaya. The youngest my kids flew on a plane was 4 months. I’ve also survived flying long haul with three kids alone (no husband to help me). I’m not asking for an award. Moms are really just like that. We just make it all work. As stressful as all that sounds, I actually miss it all. Suddenly, we have no more diapers, no sippy cups, no strollers, no more army of yayas.
I became a mom much later than my Filipino peers. Some of my Filipino childhood friends have kids who’ve already graduated from college. Mine just got out of pre-school. However my Canadian friends and I are pretty much on the same schedule. We all started having babies in our early- and mid-30’s. It was both a deliberate plan and providence (or destiny).
When I was still in university, I thought I had my life figured out. I thought that I’d start having babies at 27. But when I was 24, I started working overseas. (I mean, from Toronto, I was assigned on projects outside of Canada, and eventually was sent to the Philippines for work.) In my urban planning field, it was important to gain international experience at the start of one’s career. So while I was busy “changing the world,” I also worried that my biological clock kept ticking. I had to stop myself from doing the math in my head with every birthday that came.
Looking back, I do not have any regrets about having my babies in my 30’s. By the time I got married, career goals were being achieved, dreams were coming true, and I had financial and emotional stability (sort of). And with every new baby came the birth of my other babies (products, creative ventures). I felt that my husband and I were more than prepared to be parents.
But as we all know, nothing in life is guaranteed. My pregnancy with Sophia was threatened. I was bedridden for 3 months because of a hematoma in my uterus. She is a miracle baby. Faith and prayers had everything to do with it. Lily and Stella were easier pregnancies. However, because I was already in my mid-30’s then, I had some fears. Fertility and genetic risks increase when a woman reaches 35+ years.
Pregnancy can be the most beautiful time in a woman’s life. It can also be very unsettling if you think of the risks. It makes you most aware of the power and strength of your body. It can make you more spiritual and more intuitive. Some couples take out extra life insurance, move to new homes, and redefine their careers in order to make way for a new baby.
Proactive parents make extra plans from the moment they are expecting. Part of being proactive is going through an optional procedure – a prenatal screening. Hi-Precision Diagnostic’s Panorama™ Prenatal Screen is a non-invasive DNA screening test, which gives essential genetic information about your baby as early as nine weeks into pregnancy. The Panorama Prenatal Screen can determine the baby’s gender and find out his likelihood of having a chromosomal condition by testing a sample of the mother’s blood. Babies born to mothers over 35 years old have a higher chance of having certain chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome. A screen test can help determine your baby’s risk of being affected with a specific chromosome condition regardless of age, family issues, or medical history.
Panorama is a non-invasive prenatal test, which may be done in a single in office visit or at the comfort of your own home. As you will not be exposed to any extraneous elements, it is absolutely safe for you and your baby. Some of your baby’s DNA actually crosses into your bloodstream during pregnancy. Panorama Prenatal Screen is the only screen test which can distinguish between fetal and maternal DNA, so that Hi-Precision Diagnostics’ laboratory specialists can analyse your baby’s DNA using your blood. Panorama screens for a broad panel of chromosome conditions, including Chromosomal Abnormalities, Sex Chromosome Abnormalities, and Microdeletions. More importantly, Panaroma is accurate, with a 100 percent batting average on fetal sex determination and the lowest reported false negative rate for chromosomal conditions.
I first heard of Hi-Precision Diagnostics (HPD) in Powerplant Mall when I was feeling a bit faint and needed to check my blood. It is a diagnostic laboratory and clinic located in 20 very practical locations in Manila and Cebu. All their results can be checked online in a modern and safe computerized system. They also have a mobile app that lets patients access their lab results for free. HPD laboratory exams are fully automated, decreasing the risk of human error. HPD offers X-Ray, ECG, 2D Echo with Doppler, Ultrasound, Digital Mammography, and Drug Testing services.
I’m honoured that they chose to partner with my site in sharing the different and new tests that are available in Hi-Precision Diagnostics. I’ll be telling more stories about wellness and health in the coming months.
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