(Closed) Testing during pregnancy?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You will only be asked to have an amniocentesis if you are over 35, or if they see markers for chromosonal problems on your ultrasounds. The procedure carries a risk of miscarrying so your OB won’t suggest it unless they think it may be necessary. It’s won’t be offered to a healthy woman with a healthy pregnancy.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@jaylii9:  Actually, you are misinformed.  My OB office offers 3 different levels of this screening.  Level 1 is the wait and see.  Level 2 is the sequential screening (which we are doing) and Level 3 is an amnio.  

 

I want to know if we need to be prepared to deal with any disabilities.  Granted, at being only 30, I don’t foresee any issues, but I hate surprises.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We personally opted against any invasive procedures like the amniocentesis, the only tests we did involved bloodwork and ultrasounds.  We figured if our baby has down’s sydrome, or something else along those lines, we’d love him either way, so we didn’t want to risk his life (no matter how slim the chances) just to find out before his birth.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You can ask for an amnio. Several people not in the high risk group that I know did so and had it done, including my aunt. I will likely have every test they will let me have done. I’d like to know both what i’m in for and to have the option to terminate should something be severely wrong.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

There are less invasive tests than an amnio now that are able to detect disabilities.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrs. Menard to Be : One of my aunts actually had the amnio done with her daughter, they recommended it because of her age, and the results came back not so great.  She spent the rest of her pregnancy sick with worry and stressed out.  As a result she had a higher blood pressure, had trouble eating & gaining weight, etc.  In the end her daughter came out perfectly healthy, so the worry ended up being for nothing.  I never forgot seeing that, so I just didn’t want to put myself in the same predicament. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

For us they offered to do a quad screen, which is just a blood draw and then would do an amnio if the results came back as a higher risk of having a genetic abnormality.

We opted out of the quad screen because I really don’t know what I’d do with the results except worry.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We opted out of the screenings for both cystic fibrosis and down syndrome. For us it wouldn’t change how we feel about the baby and like many others have said I didn’t want to make myself sick with worry.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am opting OUT of all the screenings & tests. Especially the screenings which give you percentages of chances. I know myself & know that it would FREAK me out & I would obsess & worry about it the entire time! I am just saying alot of prayers.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

and I meant to add that I am that “supposed” high-risk catagory simply b/c of my age at 37. BUT also “supposedly” at my age I shouldn’t haven’t gotten pregnant so quick either….

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I have had both a CVS and a first-trimester screen + amnio (different pregnancies). It is very difficult to accurately ascertain the risk associated with these procedures, seeing as it”s impossible to know exactly how many of those pregnancies would have spontaneously terminated regardless. And provider experience has a dramatic impact on risk rates- I feel very comfortable with an ultrasound-guided amnio performed by a specialist who does this several times a day.

While there are now certain other tests (like the AFP for neural tube defects) that can help identify abnormalities, there are many, many conditions that are only discernable through genetic testing, which means either CVS or an amnio.

I don’t think that the only reason to have this testing done is to determine whether or not to terminate the pregnancy (though I do think that is valuable information- if I have any future children with anencephaly, I’d much rather find out at 15-16 weeks through optional testing and terminate the pregnancy then, then find out at a 20 week ultrasound). Having a child with a serious condition would change lots of the decisions and planning that my husband and I need to do now. If we have a child that will require serious and prolonged medical interventions early on in life, that has major repercussions for what kind of health insurance plan we want to go with, whether or not we both go back to work, what kind of care we can/want to provide, etc. I’d rather know, and be able to research the condition, talk to specialists, seek out support groups, and prepare myself and my family. That’s also why I’ve chosen to have the invasive testing done- I think the screening tests are valuable, but they can’t give conclusive information, and that’s what I wanted.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We did the Quad Screen – just so we’d know what to expect. I figure having all the information I can is good. Perhaps if it was a second child I wouldn’t have done it, but I’d hate to be learning how to be a first-time mom AND also suddenly also need to learn how to care for a special-needs child. It would be overwhelming – so I wanted to give myself time to prepare.

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