Post # 1
Did you/will you get one at your 12 week appointment? What was your reasoning?
We are having a tough time deciding and I would love to know everyone’s feelings/opinions on it! As far as we know, we aren’t really at risk for anything.
Post # 3
@Annie624: I got it because I wanted to see the babe mostly but the other reason is because if there was to be something wrong we want to be prepared.
Post # 4
@figgnewton: Yeah, it seems kinda crazy to pass up a chance seeing him/her! That’s my main motivation. We wouldn’t terminate if something was wrong, but I’m so scared of false-positives!
Post # 6
Yes, we just had one yesterday.
I know a lot of people have the mindset that no matter what the results are, they are going to keep the baby and I can respect that. There are also concerns of false positives that cause unnecessary worry and stress.
However, I think it’s helpful to at least know that there’s a possibility your child may end up with chromosonal abnormalities and to prepare for it financially, mentally and environmentally. We are planners by nature and we would want the extra time to do our research and adjust our lives as needed.
It’s a tough choice to be sure, but it was a huge relief for us that at least our NT scan came out great and the measurements all look good. I prefer having some level of certainty which this provided. I know it’s not a guarantee but at least it’s closer to an “all clear” than if we didn’t do one and didn’t have any information to go off of.
Post # 7
We had a quad screen, which is an NT scan and blood work at 12 w, then more blood work at 16 w, and our main motivation to get the screen was the ultrasound. We really wanted to see baby! Secondly, we wanted to be prepared if we were high risk. Now I’m thrilled we did it, because hearing that we were extremely low risk gave me a little less to worry about!
Post # 8
@Annie624: We felt the same as well. We wouldn’t terminate but we didn’t want to be caught off gaurd.
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Post # 10
We did. I miscarried my first pregnancy due to chromosomal abnormalities with the babe. My OB wanted to make sure everything was okay, that the placenta had firmly attached , etc. I also wanted to do it because it gave me peace of mind getting that 1:5000 result back. Like, there wasn’t even a 1% chance that baby has T21 or T18. It helped my anxiety.
Had the baby came back positive, it would have given us time to research how to handle and care for a child with special needs.
Plus the babe is SO cute at 12 weeks. I think that’s when he looked the cutest so far!
Post # 11
I got it done for a few reasons, my carefree reason was to see baby again :), then it was to prepare ourselves for a child that may have special needs, or for a child that would not survive to full term. There is no right or wrong answer or reasons, it’s a very personal decision.
Post # 12
Our military medical facility does not offer this scan, but I’m not sure if I would have gotten it even if they did. It would not change the outcome for us, because we don’t believe in abortion. We’d love our child just the same, regardless if it had some abnormality. However, it would be helpful to have as much knowledge in advance if there was something wrong. I’m kind of torn on the issue. I wasn’t offered it, so it was kind of nice to have the decision made for me, but then again, it would have been nice to see our LO at or around the 12 week mark.
Btw, not judging anyone for any beliefs or choices that are different from mine. I want to make that clear.
Post # 13
What do you mean by false positives?
Post # 14
“The NT scan picks up about 75 per cent of babies with Down’s syndrome.
Sometimes, a screening test can suggest that a normal baby has a high risk of having Down’s syndrome. This is called a false positive. The false positive rate for an NT scan is five per cent. This means that one in 20 women given a high risk result will be determined to have a normal baby on diagnostic testing (CVS or amniocentesis).”
In other words, you get freaked out because the scan doesn’t look good but then further testing determines that actually the baby is okay.
Post # 15
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@Annie624: I second the false positives! I wasn’t offered the 6-10 week scan so I’m going to be stressing up to that 12 week scan.
My referal just says 12-13 weeks scan. They’ve based the date on my LMP so I’m not sure if it’s just a dating scan or Nuchal Translucency as well. Either way we as a couple do want the Nuchal Translucency scan. We feel that we need to know if there may be something wrong with our child.
Post # 16
@lilbluebird: Oh ok I understand now. Thanks for clearing that up.
ETA: I have a child and I’ve never heard of it!