1st trimester genetic screening- yes or no?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I feel like it’s important to be as prepared as possible for less than ideal outcomes, so we did do first trimester screening.  My insurance covers it, and I’m over 30, so those were also factors in our decision.  We would not have done anything invasive or potentially harmful to the baby (like amnio) since there are non-invasive options availble.

I can see where someone might not want to know about something because they would stress out about it or they would need 100% definitive diagnostic testing for peace of mind, but for us in our situation, it was easy to decide to get the additional screening so if we were dealing with trisomy 21 or even 18, we would be able to prepare ourselves mentally and financially.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

In Canada, the maternal serum testing (2 part blood test) and anatomy scan are covered and look for genetic abnormalities. I had both done.

I can’t comment on the cost, but if I had the option for some of the newer tests that are in the US like Materni21, I would go for it and spend the money.

Whether I would terminate or not, I would want to know if my child were to face any challenges at birth that we could prepare for ahead of time.

 

Congrats on your pregnancy 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m in France and hope to be able to do it, as I think it would be important to know. I’m not sure whether we could deal with serious problems…

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We will definitely be doing genetic screening. We are both pushing 35 and haven’t even started the TTC process yet, so our age is a huge factor for us. I would consider terminating based on results of follow-up tests that would result from any initial screenings, so the screening would be crucial information for us.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did not have 1st trimester screening done, but mainly because my insurance doesn’t cover it and the out of pocket cost was very high. Insurance did cover the Quad screen at 20 weeks when I had my anatomy scan done, so we did get some information. I would want to be informed, but I am under 35 and not high risk for anything so we decided to save the money instead of paying out of pocket. If the results had come back saying we should do amnio, we would have declined anyway. So really I would have been worried the entire time.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think there are 2 big questions you have to ask yourself when deciding to do genetic testing:

1. Would you consider terminating? If no, you might choose not to test unless you answer yes to #2

2. Would you want/need to have the information ahead of time to be prepared (emotionally, physicially, financially…)

 

If yes to either of these questions, then it is probably a good idea to get it done.  It’s a very personal decision and there’s no right or wrong answer. At the end of the day, I don’t think anyone knows what they would truly do if faced with that situation, so I am pro having as much info as possible.

I personally had the testing done because I would consider terminating. Results were normal but I didn’t find it to be a waste of time or money (bonus you get to see your baby!) It is a little stressful though, but pretty much all of pregnancy is a little stresfful and you always worry. Even after the tests came back normal I still worried until my baby was in my arms if there was anything “wrong” with her that was never caught.  That’s pretty typical though and it doesn’t stop once your baby is born!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I’m pregnant now too (13 weeks) and my husband and I both agree that we don’t want to do any genetic screening (invasive or non-invasive).

Our rationale is that we would never terminate the pregnancy just because a test indicates there’s something wrong.  I have known people who took a test that said their baby would be born with XYZ problem, and the baby was born perfectly healthy.  They would have aborted a healthy baby for no reason.  But even besides that, I’m pro choice but would never choose abortion for myself personally.  Therefore, if there is something wrong with our baby, we don’t want to know about it during the pregnancy.

Some people would advocate for knowing early so you can be prepared.  But how prepared can you really be?  I think knowing something like that would just cast a dark cloud over the entire pregnancy and make me and my husband really stressed out and depressed.  And that isn’t a good state to be in when carrying a baby.  It would only make the situation worse.  We would prefer to stay positive and rely on our faith in God that He will give us a healthy baby.

Genetic screening is a personal choice.  Make the choice that’s right for you and your family.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

My husband and I did the screening because we wanted to be as prepared as possible, especially since we’re having twins.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

We will have the 20 week u/s and I’d assume if anything was really wrong they could tell us then right?  

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Weddingashley1116:  This is something you’d need to discuss with your doctor, but I wouldn’t just assume anything.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Weddingashley1116:  I think the 20 week anatomy scan can tell you if something hasn’t developed correctly, but it definitely is not as conclusive or all-encompassing as genetic screening.  i.e. genetic screening will catch things that the 20 week scan will not.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Weddingashley1116:  “We will have the 20 week u/s and I’d assume if anything was really wrong they could tell us then right?”

Unfortunately the ultrasound can’t detect everything. Some people have completely normal bloodwork and ultrasounds and go on to have babies with Down’s. It happens. The only definitive thing from my understanding is amnio, and I think Materni21/Harmony are quite accurate too.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

urchin:  I think you can get those materni21/harmony done here in canada? I swear there were a few bee’s on a diff thread who I asked if they were canadian and one of them had the harmony done because she was talking about her results!

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