Post # 1
My husband and I are going to TTC in a few months. I’ve been taking prenatals, drinking less often (I drank several times a week until recently), limiting my caffine intake, and eating a bit better. I read somewhere that some people elect to get genetic carrier screenings. Has anyone does this? What does it entail? Are you glad you did it?
Post # 2
No. Unless you know there is a genetic issue in your historys to screen for, then there’s no need. And even if there is, unless you are prepared to jump into the IVF ship so that you can screen the embryos, there’s no point. I don’t think most people do. I did cause it was recommended since I was going down the IVF route. It’s just a blood draw and a bunch of $$$.
Post # 3
wineandthings : My OB ordered carrier screening at my first trimester appointment. I tested positive as a carrier of one of the diseases they tested for, so my husband also got bloodwork done (only to check for the disease I had tested positive for). I’m glad we got it done just for peace of mind. In hindsight I probably would have asked for it prior to conceiving, just to know the odds.
ETA: carrier screening was covered by my insurance. So that wasn’t an issue for me.
Post # 4
sleepymelis : Ya that’s my thought–I think I want it for peace of mind. My brother was born with a really serious life-threatening disease and my mom hardly caught it in time. I’m a bit paranoid given that experience!
Post # 5
No, there’s not a high chance we’re carriers of anything. But even if there was, we probably wouldn’t have bc the results wouldn’t have changed our plan to try to have a baby.
After I got pregnant, we did all the screenings on baby that my insurance had to offer though.
Post # 6
wineandthings : my Hubby and I did it. It was a blood test that took about 4-5 weeks to come back. I’m so glad we did it because my RE said we could skip out on doing the expensive not covered by insurance pgs and pgd testing due to our age and health and not having any issues from that screenings.
Post # 7
I did NIPT testing once I got pregnant but nothing else.
Post # 8
We did the free-cell DNA test when I was pregnant, but nothing beforehand.
Post # 9
Nope! We do not have any immediately family with anything or even extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins) so did not see any need. If it was free through insurance than I don’t see an issue with doing it for peace of mind. I wouldn’t pay for it though without cause. Also important to consider what you would do if there was a possibility of passing something on. Would you pursue adoption, donor sperm, IVF? Those are the only options to 100% avoid passing something on. Or nothing at all and take your chances?
I did do the fetal cell prenatal dna testing though but that looks for certain trisomies
Post # 10
wineandthings : I’m currently 11 weeks pregnant and his this done at my 8 week appointment (though I was 9 weeks along). I found out I was a carrier for one disease which was actually really shocking to me. Darling Husband is going to get tested next time we go in to see my doctor.
My insurance ended up covering the testing in full, but we were planning on paying for it out of pocket even if it didn’t. We felt the cost of knowing our chances is worth it to us and it’s only a one time cost for ALL your pregnancies if you plan of having multiple children.
Post # 11
We didn’t. They did the first trimester screening, and had I tested positive for anything, would have tested Darling Husband.
Otherwise, we wouldn’t have prompted testing ourselves. We have nothing of concern on either side.
Post # 12
wineandthings : yikes! I can see why you’d want to get that checked out!
Post # 13
We did not, but I found out I was a CF carrier (despite none in family history) when I was pregnant through the standard prenatal blood tests. So my husband had to get tested too, and it was a little nerve wracking. In hindsight, I wish I was screened before hand.
Post # 14
I had the carrier screening for Cystic Fibrosis as I have 2 cousins with the disease. It wouldn’t have changed my mind on conceiving. However, it would better prepare us if we were both carriers and our child showed symptoms. The earlier CF is diagnosed the better quality of life. I didn’t undergo any other screenings as we had no other family history.
Post # 15
My husband and I did because my side of the family is backwoods poor so I was not sure what all the health issues are, my insurance covered everything for me but his did not and he paid out of pocket for his screening. We both feel that it was money well spent just for peace of mind knowing that neither of us carry any negative issues. Unfortunately my side of the family does has some mental health issues so that is something we are well aware of to keep an eye out if our offspring needs add’l help with.