‘Tis the Season to Conceive: Panorama NIPT by Natera

I’ve had the amazing opportunity in my lifetime to see 7 beautiful positive pregnancy tests.

Each time I saw the 2 lines, I felt like the happiest woman in the world.

Each one made a lasting impression on me forever and they are special moments in time that I will never, ever forget.

For me, 5 of those pregnancies progressed healthy. I suffered 2 miscarriages right around 8 weeks in March of 2006 and August of 2012. As difficult as it was for me at the time, I will always remember the weeks prior of being so happy and so hopeful.

I also know that I got my Benjamin and my Victoria right after those miscarriages and that made having the two of them that much more special and meaningful.

After suffering from my first miscarriage and then my second miscarriage, I became incredibly nervous about the next pregnancy. I was terrified of miscarrying again. I was worried about the health of my baby. To be honest with you, until I had the full sonogram at 20 weeks and the genetic blood work done at 18 weeks done, it was the first time I was able to relax and enjoy my pregnancies.

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There’s something very powerful about knowledge and knowing what to expect. My husband and I knew that by getting the testing done, whatever the outcome, we would be prepared and could prepare our family and our friends for the exciting arrival. Not to mention, you’re able to find out what you’re having! Especially with my 5th pregnancy… my FIRST GIRL… we had people lined up outside the doctor’s door waiting to see what we were having at our 20 week sonogram!

Well… fast forward to present day and Panorama Non-invasive Prenatal Test by Natera!

Are you ready for this kind of amazing technology?

The new Panorama™ NIPT, created by Natera, enables women in the first trimester of pregnancy to be screened for more than a dozen leading genetic diseases as early as 9 weeks gestation. Additionally, the test has an optional gender screening that is >99% accurate. Because the test is performed with a routine blood draw, it does not come with a risk of miscarriage that more invasive tests (like amniocentesis) carry.


They just sponsored a survey sharing some really cool stats and information that I’m excited to share with you and all you mamas out there thinking about conceiving! 🙂

Did you know that the top 10 most common birthdays (all in September) can be tracked to conception dates between December 17-31, with the most common date being December 24.

Pretty cool, huh? I actually have 2 September birthday babies! 😉

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According to this new survey of 500 new and expecting mothers conducted by Wakefield research for Natera, a leader in non-invasive genetic screening, moms-to-be can’t wait to find out if they should shop for pink or blue, and are eager to share the news. More than three-quarters of those surveyed (79%) wanted to know the gender of their baby before he or she is born. In fact, two-thirds (68%) feel learning the gender of the baby is even more exciting than winning the lottery.


Once the pregnancy announcement is made, social media friends will likely be up-to-date of the pregnancy journey. According to the survey, 83% of expecting moms provide ongoing social media updates on their pregnancy, with 47% of them posting an update 2-3 times a week.

While learning the gender of a baby and sharing the good news on social media is exciting, prenatal genetic screening offers parents-to-be critical health information before the baby is born, and is now available as early as nine weeks into the pregnancy. The new class of screenings, called non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), can provide peace of mind for most parents. In fact, 52% of survey respondents reported feeling anxious before receiving their prenatal testing results and 88% said they were relieved, excited and better prepared after learning the results. For others, NIPT can help prepare for what to expect once their baby is born.

I loved reading all of these stats and facts, so interesting.

Most important, I love what Panorama gives to new moms and dads-to-be. This is something that can be so helpful and truly allow to make your pregnancy that much more easier and exciting for you.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored posting with Panorama by Natera. ALL opinions are 100% my own.

‘Tis the Season to Conceive: Panorama NIPT by Natera was last modified: December 17th, 2014 by Audrey McClelland
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‘Tis the Season to Conceive: Panorama NIPT by Natera was last modified: December 17th, 2014 by Audrey McClelland