I am going to be turning 40 in October and baby is due in April. So, of course I am advanced maternal age...lol. I am going to have the Nuchal Translucency and first trimester screening done. I am not sure what impact it would have if results were abnormal or indicated something might be wrong, but I am the kind of person who likes to know ahead of time what I am dealing with. Just wondering if anyone else is getting testing done as well...thought maybe we could post about it here...
"Advanced Maternal Age" and getting testing
I'm in the "advanced maternal age" camp this time around, at 36. I just had my last baby 2 years ago, and it's amazing the number things they want to test about just because I'm over the magical age line. I'm okay w/ blood test type tests, so we had the "carrier" test done (which I'm not), and the Panorama test (which I'm assuming is like that materni test someone mentioned above- it's a blood draw that test for chromosomal abnormalities by extracting the baby's dna from your blood...also supposedly giving you the baby's gender too, if you wish). I've had blood drawn twice, and both times they were not able to get a result. They're going to try once more, and if they still can't get the info they need, we'll be out of luck. At this point I'm rather tired of it, and figure we'll just find out at the anatomy scan in a little over a month. The reason I even wanted to have the testing done: information. I'm not the kind who will be all worse case scenario, I'm the kind who will read as much as I can and just arm myself with knowledge.
They also told me they're going to do the 1 hr glucose test a couple times...has anyone else gone through that? Their reasons being my AMA and my history of large babies (9.5 lbs, 9lbs 3 oz, and 8 lbs 3oz....in that order). I've never had GD before though....am I at a greater risk now? I suppose that's a question for my dr. ;)
We did the Harmony screening. It's way more accurate than most of the old blood tests with the quad screen, and also gave us the gender (it's a boy).
We would have continued a down syndrome pregnancy, but we would have terminated if the baby had a trisomy that was incompatible with life. With down syndrome, we would have just wanted as much time as possible to prepare and educate ourselves, and we may have had to change our birth plan from homebirth to hospital.
I just posted in another thread and forgot that I started this one!
We did NT screening which was normal. I had Panorama blood work done....and it came back positive for Trisomy 13. That was the worst news we could have received I believe. They were surprised at the office because the ultrasound looked fine and usually there are severe defects present with T13. Also happened to coincide with my father being in his last days of pancreatic cancer. I left his bedside to have an amnio (2+ hours away) done. I was an emotional wreck.
Hours before his viewing and funeral services were to start...the fetal medicine office called me and told me that the amnio results were NORMAL. No signs of trisomy anything. What a blessing. I had mentally prepared myself for having to face the probability of making that difficult decision to terminate or not, smack in the middle of the death of my father. But instead, it looks like he was my guardian angel and we are due to have a healthy little boy instead.
Oddly, I am 41 and honestly (as well as ignorantly) am not familiar with any of the tests you ladies are talking about. My doctor never even brought it up... maybe because she was my doctor in my third pregnancy and remembers that I don't do a lot of tests... I'm not sure. It hasn't even crossed my mind to have testing done.
Love to you all and happy healthy pregnancies.