Post # 1
Ok so this may be me just being paranoid, but Darling Husband and I decided not to have a NT scan done, we’re 14 weeks now so can’t have 1 done even if we changed our minds. After reading posts and comments on different threads, I am starting to feel guilty in the sense that we should have had it done. We really had no reason to have it done, or not to have it done. If something ends up being wrong with the babe I don’t think I”ll be able to live with myself. Is this normal? Has anyone forgone this test and things have been perfectly fine? Vice versa? I’m praying thing are ok and when we go in for our next scan we will see everything is fine.
I’m just being a paranoid first time momma.
Post # 3
@seg31085: I didn’t have one with my son and he is a healthy 3 year old now.
Post # 4
@seg31085: I think you are a fine momma! Lots of people do not have the NT.
Post # 5
No! You’re not a bad mom for not doing the NT scan. My doctor urged me not to since I’m under 35 and he runs blood tests for so many disabilities at 15 weeks. I’ve actually never met anyone who has had the NT scan done IRL.
Post # 6
Don’t feel bad – my OB didn’t even offer the NT scan. I did get the quad screen blood test though.
Post # 7
Well that makes me feel better. Like I said I’m just being paranoid. lol I’m under 30 and in relatively good health so I probably shouldn’t be concerned. We’re gonna be parents to this baby reguardless of the issues, if any. Thanks for reassuring me. 🙂
Post # 8
We didn’t have/aren’t having the NT, Integrated, or Quad screens. We have no reason to think anything is wrong, the screening tests can give false positives, and we weren’t willing to do the CVS or Amnio for an actual diagnosis if the screening came back elevated. We wouldn’t terminate, so this would only give us an earlier heads up on problems, but was more likely to make me worry unneccessarily than to find anything wrong. I’m not against the tests at all, and seriously considered them, but just didn’t want to give myself any extra reason to worry. If something is wrong, we’ll find out when the babies arrive.
Please don’t feel guilty for not having a test done. A test doesn’t change anything about the health of your baby. And a screening test only gives you odds of a disorder, not a diagnosis. I think you have to cut yourself some slack here. By not getting a screening test, you are not giving or dooming your baby to a problem.
And remember, most of our mom’s didn’t have ultrasounds or screening tests with their pregnancies, and we’re just fine 🙂
Post # 9
Everyone keeps mentioning this scan but I have no idea what it is and was not offered it. Honestly if there’s any issues with a baby I don’t think people interrogate the parents and ask what tests they did or didn’t have done. It’s your decision and you made the right one for you and that’s all you can ask of a mom 🙂 Besides, it’s a scan not a treatment, so it can’t prevent or cure any abnormalities correct?
Post # 10
@seg31085: We opted out of the NT. There is no reason why we wouldn’t have a healthy baby, and honestly if something WAS wrong, I wouldn’t want to spend my entire pregnancy worrying and fretting.
Don’t worry, lots of people don’t get it! You’re A-OKAY momma!
Post # 13
Lots of people opt out of the NT scan and sequential screens. Your doctor is federally mandated to tell you about it as an option though, so all that say their doctor didn’t even offer, that’s a problem. It’s your own personal choice to follow through or not after hearing the facts. For those who would not do anything regardless of the results, it would provide more of a planning ahead tool if there were any abnormalities detected. It is highly encouraged for those over the age of 35, as a sidenote.
Post # 14
Pssh. That so does not make you a bad mother. We opted out of ALL unnecessary testing, which included the NT and the quad screen. You are not the only one!
Post # 15
@seg31085: Definitely don’t feel guilty – a lot of people don’t get the NT scan. The only reason I had it done was because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have been able to get an ultrasound until the 20 week scan and I didn’t want to wait that long to make sure everything was ok with our little bub.
Whether or not you had the NT scan does not change the outcome of the baby’s health. Either it is healthy or it’s not – finding out at the NT scan would have only given you something to worry about as there would not have been a ‘fix’ they could have done to make things better anyway. Opting out of the scan definitely does NOT make you a bad mom already!
Post # 16
Please don’t beat yourself up! This isn’t a standard test, and far from definitive. It doesn’t protect your baby- it just gives you an inkling of a problem sooner. I’m a doctor and probably won’t get it done when we have kids unless my OB makes a compelling argument.