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We had a thread awhile back, but it tapered off. I had said I wasn't going to do any of the genetic testing. However, I changed my mind, and did MaterniT21 last week. Got the results today, and they said everything looked great!<br>
I was just wondering if anyone else had changed their mind and had the testing done?
 

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<p>Never changed my mind.  Got testing done early on.  I think it was MaterniT21, but we just did it with the local (San Diego) company so I can't be sure at the moment. Everything is good and nuchal test was great so fetal genetics has "kicked me out" so to speak.  Glad not to have to make the drive for the additional ultrasound, but they were the nicest so far. <br>
Ultrasound today confirmed the 99.4% accuracy of the test with a crotch-shot.  It's a girl. <br>
I have my results from 23andme as well. <br>
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<p>I got the Panorma blood test done as I was able to do it cheap (although still waiting for the bill lol) Everything looked great and we were able to find out the sex before Christmas. We also had the 20w ultrasound done as planned. Everything is great so far! No more testing will be done unless issues pop up.</p>
 
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I'm still opting out of all the 'extra' testing recommended for AMA mamas, though I do - regardless of my age - go for the 20ish wk u/s. Since that one found twins, I'm interested to see how the recommendations from my midwives might change.<br><br>
So far, I know that more frequent U/S will be scheduled, the u/s tech suggested every other week would be required ... I am hopeful the M/W will have something else to recommend, as that rate seems excessive to me, however I know they have some protocols they must work w/in as part of the healthcare system, and I'll 'go along to get along' in some cases if it keeps me with the M/W and doesn't risk me out to the OB <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"> My next appt w/ the MW is a week today, so until then it's just speculation!
 

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<p>I opted out of all genetic testing but the 20 week ultrasound.   However at that ultrasound they found 3 markers for T21 and a heart defect.  I just had a fetal echo and that confirmed a heart defect that is common in babies with T21 so I opted to have the MaterniT21 drawn today.    It won't change anything.   I will still refuse an amnio and would never terminate but I feel like I just need the confirmation.  From what I read if the MaterniT21 comes back positive for T21 then it's positive.    It's not so accurate with the other Trisomies.  </p>
 

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I opted out of all genetic testing but the 20 week ultrasound.   However at that ultrasound they found 3 markers for T21 and a heart defect.  I just had a fetal echo and that confirmed a heart defect that is common in babies with T21 so I opted to have the MaterniT21 drawn today.    It won't change anything.   I will still refuse an amnio and would never terminate but I feel like I just need the confirmation.  From what I read if the MaterniT21 comes back positive for T21 then it's positive.    It's not so accurate with the other Trisomies.  </div>
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I hope you get the results quickly, and that you are able to be at peace with them. Please keep us posted!
 

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Ditto what <a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/164269/SynEpona">@SynEpona</a> said. Thinking of you.
 

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<p>Thanks everyone!   I don't want to be a downer to the thread but I thought it's nice to hear the other side too.  I always thought I would never want to know because it doesn't change anything for me but I'm really glad I know because now I can prepare.   I risk out of a homebirth now so we will be in the hospital.  I want to know as much as I can now so I can advocate for him in the hospital and not have to say yes because I don't know any better.   </p>
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<p>I'm heartbroken that he will need surgery.   I'm not sure how I can ever hand him off for the surgeons but I will find the strength and I will be strong for him.    I'm also grieving losing my homebirth.  It's so important to me but again, I'll do what I have to do.  </p>
 

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<p>Thanks everyone!   I don't want to be a downer to the thread but I thought it's nice to hear the other side too.  I always thought I would never want to know because it doesn't change anything for me but I'm really glad I know because now I can prepare.   I risk out of a homebirth now so we will be in the hospital.  I want to know as much as I can now so I can advocate for him in the hospital and not have to say yes because I don't know any better.   </p>
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<p>I'm heartbroken that he will need surgery.   I'm not sure how I can ever hand him off for the surgeons but I will find the strength and I will be strong for him.    I'm also grieving losing my homebirth.  It's so important to me but again, I'll do what I have to do.  </p>
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<p>Hugs to you <a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/71485/treehuggermama" style="display:inline-block;">@treehuggermama</a> !</p>
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<p>I did the Harmony test at 10.5 weeks and waited 15 long days for the results. We have decided to stick with a level 1 20 w u/s instead of the level 2 that they said we could have since I'm AMA.</p>
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<p>On Monday, I had an u/s in front of 400 teenagers at a pro-life conference and it was fun to hear their reactions to seeing him wave and kick. Also, u/s has definitely confirmed Harmony's result that it is a boy.</p>
 

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<p>Hugs to you <a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/71485/treehuggermama" style="display:inline-block;">@treehuggermama</a> !</p>
 
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<p>On Monday, I had an u/s in front of 400 teenagers at a pro-life conference and it was fun to hear their reactions to seeing him wave and kick. Also, u/s has definitely confirmed Harmony's result that it is a boy.</p>
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<p>Thank you!</p>
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<p>That had to be interesting.  </p>
 

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<p>I was just getting ready to ask about the "movements" I'm feeling because I'm confused, but then several came within quick succession.  I have always had fairly "active" bowels so feeling stuff moving around there isn't all that bizarre to me.  At this time I feel them approximately one inch down from my belly button and two inches to my left.  I swear I can feel them from the outside.  This seems to be where I can feel them most. <br>
Is it her?  I can't imagine there's anything else left in that space.  I wish my midwives would give me more feedback.  I draw a blank when I see them and have only had a handful of appointments.  Might switch here or ask to "double dip" a bit.  I'm supposed to decide about the birth center before 28 weeks, but I have some reservations.  (The small room was really claustrophobic and they were so adamant about sending to the hospital if anything is a bit amiss that it makes me a bit nervous.)<br><br>
So . . . is it her?  What on earth is she doing?  Was hoping for a little bit of it during the ultrasound so I could connect the sensation with the visual, but it was a traumatic day/time and she didn't seem to be moving much at all. <br>
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I would guess that it is probably her. I am definitely feeling movement from the outside now. Both DH & oldest DD have felt it. I have had movement where you are describing too. Lately, it's been strongest right above my pubic bone & today at the U/S that is right where the feet were.
 

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I would guess that it is probably her. I am definitely feeling movement from the outside now. Both DH & oldest DD have felt it. I have had movement where you are describing too. Lately, it's been strongest right above my pubic bone & today at the U/S that is right where the feet were.</div>
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Cool.  Thanks.<br>
Didn't realize until I read this that it wasn't even posted in the "movement" thread.  Hah! <br>
Preggo-brain stilll in full force, I guess.</p>
 

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<p>No change here.  No testing.  We've not even heard the heartbeat yet since we are forgoing doppler and u/s as well.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks everyone!   I don't want to be a downer to the thread but I thought it's nice to hear the other side too.  I always thought I would never want to know because it doesn't change anything for me but I'm really glad I know because now I can prepare.   I risk out of a homebirth now so we will be in the hospital.  I want to know as much as I can now so I can advocate for him in the hospital and not have to say yes because I don't know any better.   </p>
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<p>I'm heartbroken that he will need surgery.   I'm not sure how I can ever hand him off for the surgeons but I will find the strength and I will be strong for him.    I'm also grieving losing my homebirth.  It's so important to me but again, I'll do what I have to do.  </p>
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I am so sorry to hear- I am not sure how to hug with the little faces, but sending you one too! I am glad you know and can prepare. ♡
 

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<p>Hijacking this thread - it's kind of relevant since it falls under the AMA theme. My last baby was 12 years ago. I have always had really easy fast painless labours-but- now I'm nearly 40 and certainly not in the same shape I was in my 20's. Anyone else have experience with this? Am I in for a much harder labour this time around?</p>
 

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<p>I didn't have any of the testing with #3 or this one. It wasn't worth it to me, as my first two showed no problems and any outcome wouldn't change my mind about keeping baby or the pregnancy.</p>
 

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<p>@Clearlycrazy:</p>
<p>I'm an almost 40yo grand multip (have birthed 5 babies) so my odds for a difficult/prolonged birth are even greater. ;)</p>
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<p>I did have a ridiculously long labor w/ my 5th baby 3 year ago. But I lacked the proper resources then to take optimal care of myself, so I'm assuming there was a strong correlation. All we can do is maximize our chances, right? So, for me, that means lots of good quality supplements, good diet, and things like the Webster technique via chiropractic care, waterbirth, no calcium supps towards end of pregnancy, etc. Spinning Babies website is an excellent and very thorough resource for techniques one can practice and use to minimize the chances of a difficult/prolonged labor/birth.</p>
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<p>I have my difficult days, but overall feel much better and much more physically prepared this time around.</p>
 
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