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post #21 of 44
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OMG, I was bawling after watching that video!!
post #22 of 44
We chose not to, because they're not accurate enough to be worthwhile (to us). We also wouldn't choose to do anything differently. I'm also not high-risk for any of the things tested for.
post #23 of 44
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post #24 of 44
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Originally Posted by HappyMamaBeth View Post
I'll have an ultrasound at 18-20 weeks as well, so I also felt like there are other opportunities to look for those things. Also, I know if the test for Downs, etc., comes back "positive" the next step is amniocentesis to check for sure, and I'm not sure I would do amniocentesis. One of my close friends had her test come back high, and she chose to do amniocentesis--and it took them like THREE attempts (couldn't penetrate the amniotic sac). When they were finally successful, she was nearly 24 weeks... and I know she would have terminated had it been positive. I just know I couldn't do that! And to risk miscarriage every time with the amniocentesis. Another friend of mine did the triple/quad screen, and it came back high for Downs and they saw other markers on ultrasound, but she opted against amniocentesis. Baby was also later diagnosed with a heart defect (in utero) and they knew he would have surgery when he was born... with all of this, they were pretty sure he had Downs, and this was confirmed at birth. He has been through a lot medically, but having the amniocentesis really wouldn't have changed anything for them. He is an absolute doll (I watched him every Sunday in the church nursery until I moved to San Diego) and is a blessing in the life of everyone he meets!!

So yeah, I kind of feel like it wouldn't really change anything for me, and it's not worth the possibility of "risking out." I opted against the triple/quad screen with both of my other kids too. I was 21 and 24 with them.. I'm 29 now.. I still don't think of 29 as old, right? LOL

I definitely don't think 29 is old, but then I still feel pretty young at 40, lol.
post #25 of 44
I didn't do any first trimester screenings. I am 29yo and have no risk factors. I don't recall the quad screen even being offered, though the NT was.

We will get the 20wk diagnostic/anatomy scan.
post #26 of 44
There are too many false positives and negatives with the NT measurements. If a person is genuinely concerned about a poor prenatal diagnosis CVS or amnio will give you 99% certainty.
post #27 of 44
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DDCC-

I had the NT done at 12 weeks and came back high-risk for Trisomy 18 and IUGR. The numbers for the trisomy were so high (about 1:4) that we felt compelled to have CVS testing, which did come back negative, but certainly caused us a lot of stress.
I had a similar experience-- was given a "near certain" likelihood of trisomy. Chances greater than 1:2. I was advised to abort straight away, not even to bother with CVS or amnio. I insisted on CVS that came back normal to everyone's shock. DD is 2 yrs old now and her NT measurement was 6mm. Stress is an understatement! I will never go near the scan again. I *may* have an amnio but probably not-- at least that will give an accurate answer.
post #28 of 44
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I had a similar experience-- was given a "near certain" likelihood of trisomy. Chances greater than 1:2. I was advised to abort straight away, not even to bother with CVS or amnio. I insisted on CVS that came back normal to everyone's shock. DD is 2 yrs old now and her NT measurement was 6mm. Stress is an understatement! I will never go near the scan again. I *may* have an amnio but probably not-- at least that will give an accurate answer.
I can't believe that someone would advice terminating without CVS or amnio confirmation. That is absolutely insane.

I'm leaning toward doing the screenings since we would consider terminating if there is a major genetic abnormality. But we'd only do an amnio in case of a positive result due to the risk (albeit very small) of m/c.
post #29 of 44
We don't do any of that testing.
post #30 of 44
Nope. I'll be having 20w and 27w Level 2 ultrasounds with a perinatologist anyway (because of my MTHFR) so I'm confident that any major problems would likely be discovered then.
post #31 of 44
No testing here.
post #32 of 44
I am not doing any of them. All it will cause is excess worry.
post #33 of 44
The 'false positive' rate for the 1st trimester screen (u/s and bloodwork combined) is 3%. When people talk about 'high false positive rates' they don't seem to understand what the test is for. The test is a screen and gives you likelyhood of the birth defect. The screenings ability to detect the 'likelihood' is 97% accurate. But it is given to you as a 'risk'.

So for me, the risk of DS based on my age is about 1 in 300. If the test showed an increased risk then maybe my results would come back as 1 in 100. People freak out and say 'IT'S POSITIVE' but that's not what the result means. It means that your risk was determined as being higher than your age would indicate. But you still have a 99% chance of everything being OK.

Anyway. We did the tests and they showed my risk of DS and other Trisomy's to be significanly decreased.
post #34 of 44
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Anyway. We did the tests and they showed my risk of DS and other Trisomy's to be significanly decreased.
me too, so far.

i'm having the full integrated screening. i had the NT done yesterday. i met with the genetic counselor before the ultrasound who told me my general risk based on my age and the options available to me. i declined an amnio (unless the future results give me concern).

my age put my risk for DS at 1/75 (not sure what it was for Trisomy 18). after the 1st trimester combined screening, my risk for DS is 1/360 and for Trisomy 18 is 1/31,000. so, i feel pretty good about those numbers. will see what the second trimester results bring.
post #35 of 44
Got my results today. My risk for Down syndrome went from 1 in 16 (I'm 46 yo) to 1 in 217. I'm not out of the woods yet and have to meet with the genetic counselor, but my husband says if I'm okay with not having amnio so is he. My risk for Trisomy 13/18 went from 1 in 29 to 1 in 561! That is such a relief because those really terrify me.
post #36 of 44
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Got my results today. My risk for Down syndrome went from 1 in 16 (I'm 46 yo) to 1 in 217. I'm not out of the woods yet and have to meet with the genetic counselor, but my husband says if I'm okay with not having amnio so is he. My risk for Trisomy 13/18 went from 1 in 29 to 1 in 561! That is such a relief because those really terrify me.
That is really great!
post #37 of 44
i've had a dating scan and last got my bloods done which were for blood type, check for antibodies, check iron levels, and check immunity to rubella and that i don't have anything like hiv etc i turned down the down syndrome blood tests as like you i wouldn't terminate either.
post #38 of 44
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I can't believe that someone would advice terminating without CVS or amnio confirmation. That is absolutely insane.
It happened to me and I have read similar stories online. I guess when the measurement is off the charts abnormal they want to spare the mother further pain and wait, since earlier abortions are safer to the mom. I was told by a geneticist and a high risk OB to consider aborting without testing further.
post #39 of 44
nope.
giving me some "probability" would only cause stress.
i will do the 20 week scan just because i'm on a class C prescription which has a small percentage of heart defects as a side effect. i'd want them to be ready. if they need to know about downs they can look then.
post #40 of 44
I declined the first trimester screening because the triple screen with my last pregnancy led to all this hysteria. I did the amnio, baby was fine but still they wanted to treat me as high risk. I left the office and had a homebirth

With this pregnancy I flat out refused the screening and went directly to a CVS- some may say invasive but I wanted to know trisomy status and did not want to have any "screenings". I am 40 and pretty much the stats are so against me that it would only have to be off by a fraction to set off alarm bells that I am high risk for everything.
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