Post # 1
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First Trimester Combined Screening is offered to all expectant moms in my region. I am 35 so technically “old” and we were offered it by our doctor. The screening is a combined ultrasound and blood work looking for markers for Trisomy 13, 18 and Downs Syndrome. Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences to share? I am not convinced I want to do it as it won’t likely change how I feel about carrying my baby and and I also don’t want to worry unnecessarily. That being said, the jury isn’t totally out on not getting the testing done.
Just interested in your opinions/experiences. Thanks!
Post # 2
We did it. It wouldn’t have changed anything, but we agreed that if there was something we would rather have time to research and understand what support systems are in place than to try and navigate that with a newborn.
Post # 3
I’m only 27 so the test is optional for my age in my area. I’ve declined it with both of my pregnancies due to very low risk due to family history on my side and my husband’s side. It also wouldn’t change our route of continuing the pregnancy or not so that also played a factor in us declining it.
I will say if it was offered and standard, I would probably agree to it. It’s a personal choice at the end of the day though so I would just consider your feelings on the matter and go from there.
Post # 4
canhorsegal : trisomy 18 and downs syndrome are VERY different. Trisomy 18 is a death sentence of the child whereas people live long, happy, healthy lives with downs.
We did a 1st trimester screening because I would have aborted a diagnosis incompatible with life – I didnt give 2 shits about downs syndrome, but my cousin lost a 4 month old baby to Trisomy 18 and I was not going to knowingly put myself through that if it could be avoided.
Post # 5
I’m getting it done. Even if your position is to keep the baby no matter what, you’d be able to start preparing in all aspects, including financially, for the additional care that will be needed for such a child. And trisomy 13 & 18 typically result in death prior to reaching age 1, so that may affect your decision on how to proceed.
Post # 6
No matter what happens with the test results, we are having this baby, so we decided against doing the testing.
Post # 7
I would definitely get the screening even if you wouldn’t terminate. If there is a chromosomal issue, you will have much more time to come to terms with the diagnosis, find support and information, and plan for what your child will need after s/he is born. (For instance, some kids with Down syndrome need heart surgery shortly after birth. A child with Trisomy 13/18 might need a palliative care plan.)
Post # 8
Edited because I believe the test you are referring to is actually more accurate than the one I received. So basically, my province needs to get with the times and stop offering the MSS test, which is not the same. So nevermind what I said! 😉
Post # 9
I missed the chance for early screening, but did this in conjunction with the anatomy scan. As another PP pointed out, while down syndrome isn’t a death sentence, T18 and T13 are and I wanted to know about those. I also like to prepare and have the best resources possible, so knowing about the potential for down syndrome was less crucial, but still helpful. There have been a few threads on the bee about this topic. I’d try a search, because this becomes a pretty heated discussion.
Post # 10
I’m doing just the blood testing portion of the screening. I mostly want to know the gender but would like to know if I need to do further testing for down syndrome or whatever else. And in our case it would effect how we would proceed with the pregnancy.
Post # 11
I chose to get the blood test because my insurance covers it. All it does is give you a probability, and if it’s high you will get additional screening. I think mine came out with 1/1600 chance of anything being wrong, so I could relax.
I’m not sure what I would have done if my child was flagged for serious chromosomal issues. I decided I’d cross that bridge when and if I got to it. Thankfully I didn’t need to. You probably won’t either. T13 and 18 are super rare.
Post # 12
I had a baby this year at 40, so they pretty much insisted on me getting it done. Like a PP said, Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18 are very different. I would never have terminated a baby with Down Syndrome, but would have with Trisomy 18. Luckily, everything came back fine and my baby is now 9 months old.
Post # 13
I did it for my second, mostly for the peace of mind. Granted there can be false positives that can cause unnecessary scares, but I didn’t have that happen to me with either baby and I think the newest test has the lowest rate of false positives. I would rather know earlier than later and in the case of the trisomies that result in death at birth or shortly after it would most likely effect my decision on continuing the pregnancy. Downs syndrome is not as big of a deal, but I still think I’d prefer to know beforehand so I could prepare. Some of these you can also catch markers at the anatomy scan so you can wait until they if you prefer.
Post # 14
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I had it done with my son, and did it with this pregnancy too, for us it was important to know of any risks. However I know many people who choose not to do it. It really is a very personal decision.
Post # 15
We opted against doing the testing. We’re super super low risk on both sides of the family, and it wouldn’t have changed our minds on keeping our baby.
I understand wanting to have time to prepare, but the other side of that coin is the possibility of dread and not enjoying the pregnancy. I didn’t want to have months of potentially dreading our baby’s birth, etc. That, along with our low risk, and the fact that it’s only a screening just seemed like too much. It’s not diagnostic, just tells whether or not you have a higher risk. If something was really wrong, we would have found out at the 20 week scan, so we just continued on.
We’ve had two full scans of baby and his measurements and he’s measuring perfectly (well, bigger but healthy), so in the end I’m glad we didn’t do the testing. It would have just stressed me out and I didn’t want to put either of us through that.
It’s a deeply personal decision, and if we had any family history of anything, I would have been more likely to do some testing.