I definitely know there are great reasons to do it and great reasons not to do it. We haven't decided yet, so I'm curious to hear about how other people made the decision to do it or skip it.
I am doing it...this will be my second (had one with dd). It was great for setting my mind at ease. I was just turning 40. I am now 42 and am def doing it again. One thing I like is to have info!! If I can get any heads up that my baby will have special needs then I can be prepared with local resources etc... since we will be moving a month after the baby is born.
I am def a person who would be better off not being surprised at the birth... I think I might be overwhelmed...
I have been so lucky to have 2 super healthy kiddos....sometimes I feel ....ah what ever
I'm getting it on Thursday. I'm 35. During my last pregnancy I had a bad triple screen result which led to an extra ultrasound, so I'd rather get it done now when the screen is more definitive. Also, I watched a family member go through having a daughter born with Trisomy 13 who passed shortly after birth.
If I get a bad result, I'm not sure what I'll do (get a CVS, amnio, etc) but hopefully things will come out ok and I can not worry about it.
I am getting it done but could care less about the results. I'm getting it done because its the path of least resistance to getting an u/s where I live at 12 weeks. Because of history I *could* push for one, but I'm non-confrontational and I have a new really blah dr who didn't ask any history (praying for a midwife to open up SO much!) so I just went with it. I am not having the blood work done.
We didn't do it w/ DS, but we're doing it this time.
Our rational w/ pg #1 was that we were not prepared to do an amnio (the chance of miscarrying a perfectly healthy baby is higher than the NT scan being "right" that there is a problem).
This time, it's just different for us. We're prepared to go all the way with testing for various reasons.
We're doing it. I had the first blood draw today and will have the ultrasound in a couple weeks. Back when I had DS (4 years ago) they only did the blood test. We got a false positive for Down's Syndrome, got super freaked out about it (we never considered terminating, nor would we for any of the things it screens for) and we went ahead and got the amnio for peace of mind. DS was fine.
It's tempting to skip it this time, but I'd rather have the peace of mind (and I won't be freaked out if there's a false positive this time). If I didn't get it, I know I would spend the whole pregnancy worrying about the tiny chance of something being wrong that I could have planned ahead and been prepared for! But that's just my over-active worry gene :)
This exactly for me! If the 20 week anatomic scan raises question, I would further investigate from there.
Plus I am unwilling to undergo a CVS or amnio based on this test.
I think this is spot-on right.
There are some who would terminate based on the information they receive. Then there are others who would never terminate no matter what. If you are in the second camp (such as me) there isn't really any reason to get the testing done (IMO- not saying others can't think differently!). I wouldn't get an amnio based on a "bad" result to the NT/triple screen either, so to me the test would cause more stress than it would be worth. If, at the 20 week ultrasound, something abnormal shows up then we can deal with it then (likely I still wouldn't get an amnio) but rather I would get a detailed ultrasound with specialists.
But I can understand why some parents do opt to get this testing done. Honestly, I was almost tempted to get it done just to get another peek at the little one Fortunately my will was strong so I didn't cave and by my next appointment it will be too late
We didn't with ds & we won't again this time. As a screening it gives waaaaaay more false positives which would then recommend us to an amnio or cvs. Absolutely no way I will take any risk of creating a miscarriage on a healthy baby for this. If the screening test were any more accurate, maybe (big maybe). I have a hard time believing I would terminate for any reason but I know dh feels differently about this.