We have had 2 healthy pregnancies, but as I am getting older (and as DH is a chronic worrier), DH is worried that we might not be as lucky this time around.
What are all you ladies doing about testing?
This from a midwife friend of mine: Just to review the options: CVS - Chorionic Villus Sampling (10-12wks), Nuchal Translucency (11-13wks), and Amniocentisis (14-16wks). CVS and Amnio carry a risk of miscarriage, they are invasive procedures but they give concrete genetic information. Nuchal Translucency is an ultrasound scan to look at the thickness of the neck fold (correlated with down's). AFP is the blood test done at 15 weeks and tells you your relative risk of having a baby with down's or a few other congenital anomalies. I don't like the AFP at all because even if you get a "positive" result it doesn't mean that your baby has any defect, it just means that your risk is high. Similarly you can have a negative AFP and have a baby with issues. If you see a physician at any time, be prepared to be talked to in a way that would scare any reasonable well intentioned parent.
So, I have declined all testing in the past, since the AFP really just gives no information and just makes people worry more, and the CVS and Amnio have the risk of miscarriage. I guess that leaves the NT, but the NT doesn't seem to give all that much information either. Just curious what all you ladies are doing and why!
Edited by porcelina - 9/2/12 at 10:23am