Is anyone having this done? The ultrasound and blood work that checks for Downs? I didn't have it done with my other two, and even though I'm only 30, my doctor was really encouraging it today, and unlike most doctors, I trust this one, so I'm thinking about it. Thoughts?
The first trimester screening is just bloodwork (usually coupled with an ultrasound), so no risk of m/c. It sounds like you may be thinking of amnio.
I won't be doing the first trimester screen, too many instances of results indicating increased risk when everything is fine. I gave it a little more thought this time around since I'm 36, but decided not to do it.
Sonja ~ Chaotic mama to DS1 (9/04), DD1 (HB 7/06), DD2 (HB 7/08 ) & DS2 (UC 6/10)
Yeah, I was reading about the false positives, but also that a positive only really indicated that you had a 1/300 chance of having a baby with an abnormality, indicating that further testing should be done. My other two kids were born in birth centers with midwives, and this one will be too...but I did happen to find a really awesome doctor that I'm starting this pregnancy with because at the birth center I go to, I have to have a MD visit at the start. He recommended the screening since I will be birthing out of the hospital and if there was a problem it would be good to know I guess.
I am planning on doing it, mostly just for the extra ultrasound. And there is no risk to the baby unless you decide to do something like CVS or amniocentesis. Of course, if it is positive it will make you worry.
I did it with DD and am doing it this time too. I'm not worried about anything, but if something was going on I'd just want to be able to mentally prepare for it. Even then It'd take a lot to convince me to do CVS or an early amnio but I trust my OB/MW team whole heartedly and they're great about not getting too worked up about things when there isn't always a need to. I also loved the NT u/s with DD.
I will not be doing it. I did not do it with my other pregnancies. If I were a bit older, I may consider it, but am not planning on doing it this time around. I'm already a huge worrier, and I think this would stress me out even more if the results came back indicating a risk of a problem.