I passed on the NT and any other genetic testing, as I did with DS who is perfectly healthy. My reasoning was 1. To limit u/s to 2…I had a quick, early one to see the HB for peace of mind since I had an early m/c weeks prior. I knew we would get the 20ish week anatomy scan to see all the parts. 2. I felt like if we did find out there was the possibility of a chromosomal issue then all it would create is stress and worry in my pg since I knew I wouldn’t do an amnio or terminate the pg.
I don’t know why I can’t stop questioning whether I should have done it or not. I guess I am feeling more risk b/c I am 2 years older (33) than I was during the last pg, and the stats honestly scare me of how often chromosomal issues can occur and how it exponentially increases with age. Plus, the million preggers around me (literally about 10 close friends or family members all due in March or April) have gotten them and wave the u/s pics around and say how everything is great, yet I don’t currently have that reassurance.
My OB is really supportive of my more natural decisions, include forgoing all the NT/genetic testing, but I am still questioning my decision!
I am now sort of on edge waiting for the anatomy scan which is still another month away for us.
Because, in the end, what would it change for me?! It would only create worry and stress during the pregnancy. I love this kid no matter what, I'll cross the bridges when I come to them, if need be. We've got hospitals near by, if my baby is born with problems, we'll take an ambulance and go to them!
I just have to take a deep breath and let go!!
It's hard to have all the other u/s pics, I know what you mean, I just privately get the satifaction out of hearing them gasp 'you DONT have a u/s?!!' Yes, can be done.
A supportive mw makes all the difference, or I use my gf who is a doula. I talk her ear off with my worries! meg
For us, I feel like the tests would cause me more stress, and it is not as though I would feel completely relaxed for the remainder of my pregnancy if I were to get them done and everything looked fine. There is always something to worry about when your kids are involved
I'm still on the fence about whether we'll do the quad screen at 16 weeks. I've heard so many false positive stories, and I too am worried about it creating unnecessary stress and anxiety.
I am 32, so a little uneasy, but the odds are still basically reassuring. My doctor told me the odds of problems actually go down as the pregnancy progresses, because many babies w/chromosomal issues miscarry naturally.
So in short, skipped the nuchal but not yet sure about the quad, which I think has a higher false positive rate than the nuchal?
Fiction writer by training, writer/editor of anything anyone will hire me for by trade. Me + D=my girls E (4/2011) and little N, 1/2014.
Issues are pretty rare though, so just do your best to be healthy and try to relax.
Happily married Christian SAHM of 2 boys, DD1 , and DD2 July 2013
we did opt to do it this time(I'll be 36 next week) but I wasn't offered it with the 1st 2 pregnancies and wouldn't have done it then- I don't think we did quad screen either (although with #1 it was a triple screen, guess they added a test). I guess its because I'm older but I wanted that reassurance this time- but I would proceed with an amnio if it was abnormal.
I totally wouldn't worry about not doing it- especially if you wouldn't do anything with the results anyway.
I still wonder if we did the right thing, but according to the booklet and our midwife it only tested for three things: downs, trisomy 18 and spina bifida. We felt that we wouldn't terminate regardless and the period of not knowing, or waiting for confirmation of a positive result, would cause undue stress.
If the baby has downs, we'll deal with it. If the baby has trisomy 18, the life expectancy is very short. I was taking folic acid 3 months before I conceived, so I knew I had definitely lowered the risk spina bifida.
DW and I are moms to two teens (DD 17 and DS 15) adopted through CAS in 2007 and a toddler (DD 2) born at home in March 2011.
(warning: it's a PDF file)
Basically the different tests do either one blood test, one blood test and an ultrasound, two blood tests, or two blood tests and an ultrasound. All tests are not available everywhere. The chart (pages 6 and 7) also lists the accuracy (how many affected babies are detected by the test) and the false positive rate.
The link above comes from this page, I thought I'd post it cause it has some other useful info.
I truly believe everyone needs to follow their own path, but it is wonderful to hear of others who are on a similar path I am.
I also admire everyone's research and personal decisions. Congrats on our 36 year old mamas! I think everyone should have babies. 'Cause it's fun!
My advice is to go straight to CVS or amnio if someone has concerns or would terminate with a poor prenatal diagnosis. The "screenings" have too many false positive and false negatives.
Mama to 4 girls 5/05, 12/07, 9/09, 3/11
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~Patti~ Momma to three girls and three boys , First mother to one girl
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I did do the test, but it was suggested due to prior issues I have and some known genetic issues that run in my family. And I was really pleased with it, but if I wasn't at an increased risk I would've skipped it.
Newly married to Patrick Expecting someone new in April!
It's not about the money. I just didn't think the results would change anything.
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DS born Dec 2010 Pregnant with #2, having another !
Taryn-31 Crunchy Conservative Catholic SAHM with DH-32
DS 7.5, DD 5 (vbac), DD 2.5 (vbac), and DD 12/30/13 (vbac)