Re: Test for ANA ?
Imtickell, Further on the subject of what role ANA plays... ANA results alone don't create a lupus Dx. ANA is only a threshhold test & represents only one rather limited aspect of a possible Dx.
To see the list of lupus symptoms & criteria: go to the "sticky posts" at the top of the Board. Four or more of the "4 of 11", occurring sometime in your lifetime (but not necessarily all at once), create a Dx of SLE.
NOTE: A "lesser" Dx of a lupus "subset" is possible with fewer than 4, e.g., DLE (discoid LE) or SCLE (subacute cutaneous LE) or DILE (drug-induced LE). But, here also, symptoms & test results (like skin biopsies) are required.
More detailed info can be seen via the Resources tab above. Drill down into Diseases/Conditions, then Rheumatology, then lupus.
But I hope your ANA results were due to a passing virus or family tendency. Do you keep up with the basics? Meaning regular checkups, which would include standard blood work (CBC & blood chemistry panel) & urinalysis? I hope all is well with you. Best wishes, Vee
P.S. Best wishes to your baby, too!