I have my first appointment next week and received a packet of information in the mail today. There was a lot of informational about various prenatal screening tests that are available. I am undecided about whether I would like to get these or not - what have you ladies decided?
I'm 33. I did the first trimester screen along with the nuchal translucency ultrasound for ds. I personally just wanted to know if I had an elevated chance of having a baby with a chromosomal disorder. I will probably do the same for this pregnancy. Also it was nice to get a peek at the lo. Little did I know I would be seeing quite a bit of him on the ultrasound since I was subsequently diagnosed with GD.
For that screen they took a blood sample and checked hCG and PAPP-A levels. They combined those results with what they saw on the US and came up with a risk factor for Trisomy 21 and 18.
I'm not really sure what extra level of testing they commonly recommend for women over 35.