Panorama Test Results Gender Reassignment

I’m lumping these weeks together because they all kind of just run together anyway. This early in my pregnancy I still wasn’t having many symptoms and was feeling pretty good. But I learned about the coolest new prenatal genetic testing that I’ve been telling pretty much everyone I’ve ever met about because I think it’s so freaking amazing!

This stuff is groundbreaking. Like, a real game-changer. Okay enough build-up, here it is!

…And maybe by now, you’re heard of it and this is old news, but I still think it’s really cool and worth getting out there so it becomes commonplace.

Okay, you’re probably going crazy right now, here it is!

It’s called the Panorama Blood Test. Essentially doctors, researchers, scientists, (whoever) figured out that when a woman is pregnant, the fetus’ DNA can be extracted from the mother’s blood. That means that a simple blood test is all that’s required to test for genetic defects and even the baby’s gender. No more sticking a huge needle through the amniotic sac, which threatens the baby’s life and isn’t even very accurate. In my book, the less-invasive the test, the better. That kind of seems to be the trend in medicine these days, to find alternatives for the more invasive tests that are just as effective if not more. I’m sure more people would be screened for diseases if the tests weren’t so intimidating.

With this test, you can find out the gender of your baby at 9 weeks. 9 WEEKS! For me, that was the appeal of having this test done. Since we were moving across the country, I wanted to know the gender of this baby ASAP so I could either plan to pack and move all of my girl stuff or sell/give it away to make the move lighter and start saving for baby boy stuff.

I wanted this test. As I started researching it, I really couldn’t find much about it online (this was back in January). I hadn’t heard of it when I was pregnant with my daughter in 2012 and hadn’t heard of anyone else having it done. It became a more common thing in 2013, apparently. I asked my doctor about it and he hadn’t even heard of it. Well, a friend of mine who had it done lived in the same county as me, so I asked her about it and gathered as much info as I could from her. My doctor (who is the best OBGYN in the entire world by the way) said he could order out any test and to just get the details about the lab that performs the test. I called several labs at several hospitals to find out who does the test and, more importantly, if my insurance would cover it.

As it turns out, the lab that processed my blood work and other standard prenatal tests also processed this test, but they send those specific tests to another lab that does more of them and is more set-up to do them or something. Whatever, I was just relieved to find that someone had heard of it and it could be done. But the lab told me I needed to call my insurance company and make sure they covered the test, which had two options: the basic test which cost around $1800 before insurance, or the more extensive test (I’m not sure what was more extensive about it) that would cost around $2400 before insurance. Yikes.

Okay, next step was to call the insurance company. I had all the special names and codes for the test from the lab, but I was still shuffled around from department to department. So frustrating. Finally, I reached someone who could look up the test and tell me that my plan DID cover it, but only in the case of a pre-existing condition or under special medical circumstances to warrant my doctor ordering of the test. Basically, I probably couldn’t get the test just to find out the gender of the baby.

I was a bit torn. On one hand, I did have a high-risk pregnancy with my daughter and I thought my doctor would probably order the test because of that. She didn’t have any genetic issues but I figured it’d be enough to have the test ordered. On the other hand, I felt a bit guilty going to all of that trouble just to find out the gender of my baby a few weeks early. I’m usually a proponent of simplicity and minimalism and was feeling that maybe this test might be unnecessary and at a high cost.

I decided not to pursue the test and to just wait until I was 16 weeks to have a gender-check ultrasound. As cool and revolutionary as the test was, and as excited as I was to have it done this pregnancy, I wish it were more accessible and commonplace. It didn’t feel right having my test take up space and time among the other tests from parents with legitimate concerns. But I hope that this test becomes commonplace and more accessible.

For me, knowing the gender as early as possible (because I hate waiting and surprises) was the biggest benefit, because even positive results for a genetic disease wouldn’t change our excitement. But knowing and being able to prepare for a baby who would require extra care, or wouldn’t survive the pregnancy, would also prepare us for any complications we could face.

Technology is amazing and exciting. I just love hearing about these breakthroughs that make pregnancy and parenthood easier and safer. We live in an incredible time and really do get to be a part of history with all of these discoveries and inventions. It makes me so curious and excited to see what the future holds. Someday I’ll look back on things like this prenatal test, touch-screen phones, and Olive Garden online to-go ordering and think “wow, how did we get by?”

Have you heard of the Panorama test, or had it done? What are your thoughts on the test? Are there any other super-cool tests or discoveries that have BLOWN your mind? Share with me below!

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Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as __angelasilva__

Panorama Test?

Anyone have the Panorama Test and found gender to be accurate? Test came back Low Risk, praise God and a baby girl. I had it done at 11 weeks and got results at 13 weeks. I have 3 boys and I'm in disbelief. I've never found out like this and don't know anyone who has had it done so early either? I don't know if I should believe it? I called lab and they said it was 99.9% accurate but I don't believe it. Lol! Anyone out there relate??
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I have a friend that did it and it was correct.
I have never had it done, but have heard its more accurate than an ultrasound.   Congratulations!   We have 2 boys and recently found out we're having a girl, so I totally understand how you feel!  I still can't believe it and cry every time I think about it:)  our family is complete!
I had mine done at 11 weeks, said mine was a boy! I have 4 daughters and 1 son and this one on the way. I asked my dr and nurse if they have ever had the wrong gender and my dr said no. I have my anatomy scan May 6th. So we'll see! Oh and my dr said he'd trust the blood work before sono. I'm like you, praying it's correct. Also, my last daughter wasborn with Down syndrome, SHE IS AMAZING! I'd give my legs to have her back! I give her back to Jesus Christ right before she turned a year old. Goodness I can't wait to be with her again!!!
I did mine at 13weeks and it said boy and my 20week ultra sound confirmed it is a boy
I've read that the chances of the test being wrong when they say boy are less because they obviously found a Y chromosome. But them saying its a girl and being wrong is more probable cause the test could've "missed" the Y chromosome? Idk, lab seemed pretty confident. Obviously people will have their doubts? I can't wait to see her? I just can't believe it? I think once I see her it will become real? Maybe cause that's always how I've found out in the past? Idk? I feel so weird about it. Lol.
I love how u expressed urself about ur daughter in heaven. I just love children with Down syndrome. They seem to never grow up and keep that child innocence and playful personality! I didn't really want to know if the test came back high risk. It wouldn't change my choice of having my baby anyway. We mostly did it to find out but now I feel like I did it for nothing cause I don't believe it. Lol.
Yes! That's how I feel! haha are you sure it's a boy? My history is mostly girls! haha Thank you for the compliment on my daughter! I have never know a love like her! I really hope to adopt a girl with DS. She left us because she had sever heart complications. :( Her's was so rare, they couldn't compare her to anyone else. But all sonos, and triple screened missed everything. We were surprised at birth. I'm thankful for it to be that way because I was able to fall in love with her before getting to know her conditions. I did the test this time around, the panorama came out after her bday, to make sure I deliver at the correct hospital. It's two hrs away. When I see people nervous about DS, I feel they have ever right to feel that way, but I also want people to know how awesome, smart, loving and REALLY human they are. I am now infatuated with DS! Thanks for letting me express myself!!! Feel awesome talking about my daughter!
Had it done with my first pregnancy @12wks and it said girl...she's now 3 1/2 yrs and second done the same way as the 1st 12 wks it said girl last ultra sound at 16 weeks confirmed it! Now 19-2 and can't wait to meet her!
What is the panorama test? I have never heard of this. I obviously didn't have it done with my son who is 4 years old
Is this the test they do to check for chromosome differences? If so I had it done but I didn't find out the gender from it
@wzpb2010 it does check for Down syndrome, Turner syndrome, Trisomy 13 & 18. It is more accurate then the triple screen.


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