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for those of you who refused the triple/quadruple screen, did you also refuse the 20 week ultrasound? why or why not?<br>
still weighing it all out in my mind...<br><br>
thanks in advance!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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With my son, I got no screenings at all, but I did have the u/s - I wanted to know what I was having. This time I am going to let it be a surprize. I think I'll still refuse all screenings, but I may get the u/s again just to see baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I had no prenatal testing. I am not comfortable with the safety of u/s and would not have one without a clear medical need. I also refused doppler.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I refused the triple screen but did do the 20 week u/s.<br><br>
Why did I choose to do the 20 week u/s?<br><br>
I have a cousin with spina bifida so we wanted to have the babe's spine checked (since there is now sugery that can be done in utero).<br><br>
With our first we also wanted to know the gender. This time we did not.
 

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i declined the screen, but not the ultrasound at 18 weeks. the u/s found an echogenic focus in the heart and i ended up having the screen anyway afterwards. i'm still waiting for results and kind of wish i'd had it done earlier so i could rest my mind, but also stand by the reasons i had for declining. i have no medical info to back this up, but my understanding at this stage is that it is less likely to go to amnio and they will be able to see more from a level II u/s (if i need one) now that the baby is bigger than they could when it was smaller. it's true though, i feel like my decision to decline the screen but have the u/s are a little at odds, but it was the order i felt most comfortable with at the time and now that time has passed i also feel more strongly a "need" to know what's going on in there.
 

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i did refuse both... but i ended up needing a series of ultrasounds because i had a rough patch during the pregnancy, and began bleeding, etc... so i had to have the full work-up anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> *however* all they really checked during those was 1) to make sure the baby was still alive and intact (i.e., that nothing had gone Seriously Wrong) and 2) that there weren't any problems with the placenta.<br><br>
(if you're wondering: it turned out i had a little growth on my cervix, which was causing the bleeding -- after i stayed off my feet for awhile, i was fine, the baby was fine, and the thing went away after she was born. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )
 

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Last time I refused all testing except the 8w and 20w u/s. This time I've done no testing at all (we do use doppler at prenatals though). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We refused screening because we didn't want to terminate our pregnancy regardless of its' contents.<br><br>
We had the ultrasound @ 20 weeks to ensure she was free of defects that would require immediate medical attention after birth because we're planning a homebirth, and obviously would have arranged hospital care & a specialist if there was anything she needed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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wow! y'all are fast!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> thanks for all your replies. i am considering the u/s mostly to help dh with the bonding process. i sort-of think that sounds lame. dh on the other hand really wants to see the baby. he thinks it will help him "feel" like we are pregnant. i totally understand his wanting to feel bonding that i am feeling on a regular basis.<br><br>
thanks, again. it helps to see what others have done!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">wow! y'all are fast!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> thanks for all your replies. i am considering the u/s mostly to help dh with the bonding process. i sort-of think that sounds lame. dh on the other hand really wants to see the baby. he thinks it will help him "feel" like we are pregnant. i totally understand his wanting to feel bonding that i am feeling on a regular basis.<br><br>
thanks, again. it helps to see what others have done!</div>
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I don't think that sounds lame.<br><br>
I know there are lots of mamas around here who are very anti u/s but I personally couldn't find any research that convinced me that it was an unsafe choice (when used in moderation). I did refuse the early "dating" u/s both times because I didn't see a medical need for it -- I was charting and had no question of my due date.<br><br>
Both times I have found my 20 week u/s to be a really magical experience. And it definitely was a bonding experience for my DH. The radiologist who did our u/s totally "got it" in terms of how sacred and special it was for us. He put on soft music and took his time so that we had plenty of opportunities to listen to the <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> (one of the greatest sounds on earth) and watch the baby kicking and wiggling in there.<br><br>
Both times it has brought my experience of pregnancy to a new level of amazingness.<br><br>
Having said that...I would still not choose to have another one unless it was absolutely necessary. But I do love going for my prenatal appts and hearing the <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> on the doppler. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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i also refused screening. We do the 20 wk u/s because there is a history on my side of the family for heart defects, and it can easily be seen on the u/s. I like to know so that we are prepared for surgeries, etc needed. That, and like in your situation, that's the point that dh really starts to feel like we're "pregnant".
 

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We refused the blood screens and amnio (which was offered due to my 'age'), but had an u/s at 8wks for bleeding (which I would have requested one anyway since we've had a previous blighted ovum and I just wanted to KNOW that there was a baby in there).<br><br>
I wanted to have the 20 wk u/s because they look at a LOT of things. I really don't think that we would terminate a pregnancy for any reason, but it is nice to have the ability to prepare ourselves. There was an intern in with the u/s tech and I didn't realize all the things that they look at. As far as the placenta goes, they look for it's proximity to the cervix for placenta previa, size of the placenta, where the cord enters the placenta (if it is at the edge of the placenta rather than fairly centered it is more fragile during delivery), they look for the triple vessel umbilical cord, general amount of amniotic fluid and of course all of the things with the baby. Head, brain, eyes, nasal bone, cleft lip, heart, kidneys, bladder, bones, etc, etc.<br><br>
We did NOT peek at gender.<br><br>
Plus at this point since everything was going so well with the baby I got an extra little shot of confidence to call a homebirth midwife yesterday!<br><br>
It is also nice to confirm that the baby's placenta is up front, as it was with Noah, and kind of high which completely explains why I'm only feeling little feet just over my pubic bone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I won't do any of the blood tests/amnio, but I had a bunch of ultrasounds during my twin pregnancy (to make sure both babies were growing equally well, etc.), and am planning to have one around 20 weeks this time. We are planning a homebirth and live a good half-hour from the hospital, so I think I will just feel more comfortable knowing that there's nothing wrong with the baby that birthing at the hospital would make better (such as an organ issue). I may also end up having one around 7 or 8 weeks depending on what my hcg levels are tomorrow. . . there is a chance that I am having twins again, and I would rather know sooner than later since it will affect which caregiver I choose.<br><br>
A friend of mine waits until 22 weeks for her u/s because she says that at that point the ear canal is finished developing, so there is less worry about damaging the ears with the u/s (something I hadn't heard of before).<br><br>
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that was our reasoning for refusing, also. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Me too! ITA!
 

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I suppose you could say I refused the triple screen, but the fact is, I don't even think my MW recommends it, but I don't know, cause it never came up (I only started seeing her at 16 weeks).<br><br>
We did get the 20 week u/s. My DH is a Hearing and Cognition researcher and after reviewing the scientific data, he feels confident that moderate use of U/S in pregnancy is safe. (Since he has a PhD in the field, I trust his opinion.) We have also used a doppler, but we're being careful to make sure it's not "excessive use" as defined by my DH.<br><br>
We got the u/s for a variety of reasons: we're having a home birth and wanted to make sure there were no problems with the baby that would require immediate treatment. We wanted to find out the baby's sex. And my DH also felt like it would help him with bonding.<br><br>
I was fairly on-the-fence about it, could have gone one way or the other. But I was SHOCKED at how magical and amazing the U/S was. Seeing my baby's face was intense. I cried. It was like getting a glimpse into a magic mirror. I would not change having done it. And I'll definitely be getting another one if/ when we have a second baby.
 

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I had the triple screen ( due to the complications in previous pregnancies), but I wasn't really sure about the 20 week ultrasound. I had my date ultrasound at 15 3/7 and they saw everything they needed for the 20 week so I don't get to have another, so I will be having a surprise baby except for the fact that I am pretty sure I saw girl parts at the u/s, even though the tech said it was too early.
 

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I declined the quad screen because it only tells you your chances of something being wrong, and nothing definitive. I did have a 12 week u/s as a sort of substitute, and kind of wish I hadn't. They found complete placenta previa and it made my MWs really nervous, even though I knew it was likely to move (it did). It strained our relationship for a few months.<br><br>
I did the 21 week because I myself have one vertebrate that missed, technically called spina bifida, and I wanted to make sure all was well there and with everyone else, like the pps said, so we can go into our birthcenter waterbirth with confidence.<br><br>
I'm all for true diagnostics that give you information you can use. I just don't find the screens particularly useful and it seems, from what I've read on these and other pregnancy boards, just lead to a lot needless worry.
 

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I refused both. I did have a U/S at 30 weeks because of a prior c/s we needed to make sure the placenta was in a good spot. DH wanted to find out the sex too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I had no prenatal testing. I am not comfortable with the safety of u/s and would not have one without a clear medical need. I also refused doppler.<br><br>
-Angela</div>
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'cept my name is Keri <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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