(Closed) Optional Tests

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
4038 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We got the first trimester screening done–blood work and an NT scan–to screen our baby for Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18 and 21, among other chromosomal disorders. We decided to go ahead and get them partly because I wanted to see the baby and know everything was going okay, and partly because while we don’t know if we would have terminated if the child had had DS or another disorder (we would have gotten amnio or CVS to be positive), we at least wanted to have as much infomration ahead of time in order to prepare. 

Post # 4
7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Mrs Sarah McK:  i got all those tests done too. i just want to know as much info as possible and be prepared for anything. i don’t think we could ever terminate if something like DS came up, but either way, i just like to be prepated. So my only question to my doctor when he asked if we wanted the tests was “is it covered?” he said yes, so we did them.

Post # 5
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We aren’t doing any of the optional testing.  My doctor said anything that is screened for in those tests can be detected at the anatomy scan.  I didn’t want to have any unneeded stress because sometimes those tests can have high false “positive” rates.  

Post # 6
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It depends on if you would be considered “high risk”. Some doctors do not see the need for a NT scan or any of the other optional tests. This is why they are optional.

Post # 7
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Same as Mrs Sarah McK.  I like having as much info as I can in order to be prepared in advance.  Except for gender apparently.  🙂

Post # 8
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We will be doing the first trimester screen at 11 weeks (July 2) and likely CVS because my husband and I are both CF carriers.  I carry a recessive gene for clasic CF and he carries a recesive gene for some ort of weird mild verion of CF.  Unfortunately, the genetic counselors have NO IDEA what this will mean for our baby in the event that both recessive genes join up.  We will need to find out what it means and whether the baby is positive for CF.  Not fun.  

Post # 9
1778 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If the insurance paid for it, I got it done.  I like to be prepared for things and it was very nice seeing my lil guy at the NT scan 🙂

Post # 10
65 posts
Worker bee

@Rose120:  I did everything in that packet except amnio (meaning U/S and blood tests). It was covered by my insurance and it was a nice excuse to see my little princess once again Laughing

Post # 11
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I did the NT scan at 13 weeks that involved a blood test and ultrasound.  Like PP, we wanted to know if there was anything wrong but probably more than that, we wanted the scan to see our little baby!  If our results had been concerning, we probably would have gone for more invasive testing (CVS or amnio) just to be prepared in case there was anything wrong, but I think the NT scan is becoming pretty standard now, especially as it doesn’t carry any risk to the baby.

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