Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Sharing the news that I was pregnant with my son was one of the highlights of my year as a cohost on The Rhode Show.
And then, when we found out we were pregnant with our second child, Tall Dad and I decided to share the news online via social media with a Harry Potter inspired Christmas Card.
Letting friends and loved ones know about our soon-to-be bundles of joy have been some of the most exciting things we have experienced in our marriage thus far.
We decided to find out the gender for both of our tiny babies and shared the news with friends and family.
With our first baby, I was able to share the news on air on The Rhode Show. I answered old wives tale questions, fellow cast and crew voted on what they thought I was having, and in the end I cut into my gender reveal cake - to find out that the inside was bright blue! I was having a boy!
I wanted to have a big gender reveal party for my second baby, but I've been too darn sick to plan anything! If I had been healthy and able, I probably would have made a fun announcement like one of the ideas in this infographic from Natera and Panorama- especially the handprint idea!
This time around, I didn't do something creative and cute.
However, that doesn't mean that my second baby won't be cute!
Because, SHE is going to be stinkin' adorable :)
We didn't find out the gender of our babies until about 20 weeks, but with some tests now allow parents to learn things about their babies even sooner.
Yes, I used the word "tests," and I firmly believe that safe prenatal screening and prenatal testing is 100% the parents' choice.
Tall Dad and I have chosen to have tests done because I have grown up with an sibling who is both severely mentally and physically handicapped, and I believe that knowledge is power. I wanted and want to be able to prepare for anything that my child may need. We learned a great deal through the process, and to me as a pregnant mother, knowledge was power.
Panorama is a DNA screening test that can tell parents important information about their pregnancy. They can find out if baby is at risk for having Down Syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities.
Panorama can also tell parents the gender of their baby!Non-invasive and highly accurate, Panorama has the lowest false positive rate of any prenatal screening test for the commonly screened chromosomal abnormalities, trisomies 21, 18 and 13. And, Panorama can be done as early as nine weeks into pregnancy using a simple blood draw.
The Panorama screening test is a non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT). This means that the Panorama test is safe for you and your baby. To have the test done, your doctor just draws a sample of blood from your arm. Fathers have the option of sending in a cheek swab sample with your blood. Including the father’s sample may improve the chance of obtaining results of the test in certain circumstances, but does not impact accuracy.
If you have concerns, you should talk with your healthcare professional. He or she will advise you as to what tests you might want to have to help give you peace of mind. Screening tests, including ultrasounds and blood tests, are non-invasive ways of obtaining more information about the risk of certain conditions in the baby without a risk of miscarriage. Click here if you'd like to find a Panorama Provider
What is a creative way that you or a loved one shared pregnancy news?
Talk soon friends,