I announced my pregnancy with Charlie in 2003 via phone calls and a few e-mails. This was before Facebook, and my young contacts on MySpace and Friendster did not seem the types to oh and ah over grainy sonograms.
When we learned that Eve would be joining our family in 2006, I gleefully spread the word on my moms’ club list serv. I will confess that I worded this announcement as “Charlie is going to be a big brother.” I know, I know. Please forgive me, I spent all my time with the most important two year old in the entire world.
Five years later and expecting our third baby, things were a little different. It was 2010 and I had been writing my parenting blog for several years. Everyone – even senior citizens – had Facebook accounts and smart phones. We were much more likely to text family and friends than actually voice call. It was a digital world.
I was also busier, already a mom to two active kids, and working full time. “Of advanced maternal age” and having experienced pregnancy loss in the pass, I was more cautious, too. I publicly announced my pregnancy once we were firmly at the halfway point.
With social media, posting one picture was all it took to tell the world about the coming baby. I posted the above photo wearing a tee from my friend Kristen’s BabyBrewing maternity shirt line that proclaimed a baby was brewing beneath.
With this final pregnancy with Alice, I was 35 years old. Because I was older than my previous pregnancies in my twenties, I was offered the chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis tests to check for chromosomal abnormalities. But I did not want them, due to their 1 in 200 miscarriage risk (already had some of those, thankyouverymuch.) I was not taking any chances. I opted instead for non-invasive prenatal tests involving blood draws and ultrasounds.
I wish that Panorama had been available back in 2011. But thankfully this option is now available to expectant parents.
Panorama is a DNA screening test that can tell you important information about your pregnancy, such as your baby’s risk for having Down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities. Panorama has the lowest false positive rate of any prenatal screening test for the commonly screened chromosomal abnormalities of trisomies 21, 18 and 13. All that is involved is a simple blood draw.
Panorama uses advanced bioinformatics technology to evaluate fetal DNA (of placental origin) in maternal blood. Only Panorama can distinguish between fetal and maternal DNA in the mother’s blood to provide vital information about your baby.
If you are expecting and would like to learn more about this non-invasive prenatal test that poses zero risk to your baby, go to PanoramaText.com.
And if you are seeking creative ways to announce your upcoming arrival on social media, check out the ideas below!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.