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anyone going for NO genetic screening?

post #1 of 57
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with all the nuchal scan news popping up around here I'm wondering if anyone is bypassing all genetic screening. Last time around I only did a 20 week ultrasound and felt good about the info I got from that. I didn't to the AFP blood draw because I wanted to stay away from the false positive gate to amnio. This time, I'm 5 years older (34) and considering the quad screen (blood test), but really I'd rather not do anything and just get a good u/s at 18-20 wks. I am not actually that person who would keep the baby "no matter what" but still, I'd rather be optimistic and not let tests freak me out. Anyone else?
post #2 of 57
I was 34 when my last baby was born, and had no tests, not even an ultrasound!
post #3 of 57
No genetic testing here. We didn't with our first either.

No really specific reason...except that we wouldn't terminate...so, we'd just rather not have something to have to worry about....especially because I'm the biggest worrier in the world. I know that a ton of people just do the screenings so they'd be prepared to deal with it if there were a genetic problem, and we might get to that point when we're alittle older...but for now it's just easier not to find out.

Thankfully my OB doesn't pressure at all. She just mentions what's available and leaves it up to us to ask for something if we want it.
post #4 of 57
No screening here. Didn't for the last birth either. Then again, I'm young...25 this time and 20 for the last birth. No one ever even mentioned the screening to me.
post #5 of 57
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I'm wondering if anyone is bypassing all genetic screening. Last time around I only did a 20 week ultrasound and felt good about the info I got from that. . . . I am not actually that person who would keep the baby "no matter what" but still, I'd rather be optimistic and not let tests freak me out. Anyone else?
This is my first baby. I'm 31 and my husband is 38. I'm not having any genetic screening but my midwife does recommend a 20 week ultrasound, so we'll do that. The thing that freaks me out about genetic screening is that if one particular test comes up suspicious, and then you have to have the other, more invasive tests that also turn out suspicious, you sometimes still don't have a clear answer.

I'm like you and would not keep the baby no matter what. But I had a friend who was told her baby probably had some major abnormality, based on many tests. She had him and he was absolutely normal. It spooks me to know that if I were her, I may made a different choice with the information.

When I discussed this with my midwife, she said that I didn't really have major risk factors (although I am a bit older...) and that she wouldn't do the genetic tests if she were in my position. I think if I were in my late 30s, I'd do the blood tests, but I'm not sure.

Anyway, you're not alone in your low-test mentality.
post #6 of 57
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Originally Posted by stardust swallower View Post
with all the nuchal scan news popping up around here I'm wondering if anyone is bypassing all genetic screening. Last time around I only did a 20 week ultrasound and felt good about the info I got from that. I didn't to the AFP blood draw because I wanted to stay away from the false positive gate to amnio. This time, I'm 5 years older (34) and considering the quad screen (blood test), but really I'd rather not do anything and just get a good u/s at 18-20 wks. I am not actually that person who would keep the baby "no matter what" but still, I'd rather be optimistic and not let tests freak me out. Anyone else?
I did not plan on terminating and am receiving HB care. I refused all tests. No 20 week ultrasound either. My midwife delivers breech babies at home too, so no worries about positioning.

I'm with you on the tests.
post #7 of 57
No scan here either! I'm 27 and just figured it would be one more thing for me to obsess about (and I really don't need help in that department!)
post #8 of 57
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Originally Posted by stardust swallower View Post
with all the nuchal scan news popping up around here I'm wondering if anyone is bypassing all genetic screening. Last time around I only did a 20 week ultrasound and felt good about the info I got from that. I didn't to the AFP blood draw because I wanted to stay away from the false positive gate to amnio.
This is basically what we're doing--getting a good ultrasound around 20 weeks, and forgoing everything else.
post #9 of 57
I haven't ever gotten any testing except the 20w us. I will do the same thing this time around.
post #10 of 57
My original post was agreeable and vague so I'm editing to clarify.

I've always been that person who was sure they would terminate upon news of a severe disability, and I still am that person. The issue is that I am not interested in an invasive procedure, like amnio, to indicate that there is truly a real problem.

We're forgoing genetic testings on the premise that we as healthy, young parents will produce another healthy offspring. I understand that these factors are not always relevent in subsequent pregnancies, but I feel the odds are in our favor and that this fetus I'm carrying is absolutely going to be the perfect addition to our family.

While ultrasounds do provide the advantage of seeing any apparent defects, I consider them more fun than anything else. That's why we'll be doing the 20 week and even a 3D a little later on.
post #11 of 57
I'm getting so much tested this pregnancy I have never gotten tested before- and this is my 4th time around!

Never had genetic testing but this time they want us to. I need to research it more before making a decision but because we are having 2 we do want as few surprises as possible if that makes sense.
post #12 of 57
We don't do any genetic testing. We do ultrasounds - definitely a 20 week u/s and then we might do a few more quick ones to check fluid, as low fluid can be a marker for pre-e. That's about it though.
post #13 of 57
I'm having ultrasounds done pretty regularly b/c of my previous losses and the fact that I'm prego with twins. : But no, no triple screen, no nuchal scan. My "number" will be exaggerated by my ripe age of 36, so no thank you. I have enough to worry about, and results would only bring me grief... and I wouldn't terminate anyway.
post #14 of 57
No nuchal scan here and I doubt I'll do any of the bloodwork but we are going for the 20 week scan and a fetal echo to rule out another heart defect. Mainly because I am giving birth at home and want to make sure the baby is healthy this time around and doesn't need hospital care.
post #15 of 57
I'm not planning any, and am only planning on a 20wk ultra sound too.
post #16 of 57
I'm not doing any blood work but am doing the 20 wk sono. This is my third baby and I've never done any testing...I'm 31.
post #17 of 57
Nope- to many false positives and I'm a worry wart

I know my baby is okay and power of the mind is a dangerous waepon
post #18 of 57
no having unassisted pregnancy and birth God willing..:
post #19 of 57
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't a 20 week ultrasound testing (not quite genetic like an amnio or CVS)? I know that during the 20 week scan they look for markers (including measuring the nuchal fold) that could give an indication of a genetic problem. Same thing with echogenic bowel, heart issues, bone length, etc.

I'm one of the early nuchal measuring momma's on here (first time in three pregnancies I've had it done, the other two just had the 18 week scan) and my post about a larger than normal measurement might have been one of the kickstarts to this thread. If my second son had not died after his birth due to an issue that should have been caught on ultrasound I wouldn't have had the earlier scan this time around.

If my next scan shows more increased markers I might have an amnio. It just depends on the results. If there are many markers I want to know if it is Downs or Trisomy 13 or 18.

But, as the genetic counselor told us, ultrasound only catches about 50% of genetic problems. Anyone know if that is an accurate assessment???
post #20 of 57
I'm not doing any. I will, however, get a full u/s at 19 weeks. If any problems are seen, I'm 38 and sure hope not but you never know, then my midwife and I will discuss the next step.
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