Genetic Scan at 12 weeks

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sox79's picture
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Genetic Scan at 12 weeks

My OB said there is a new test available to check for Downs and a couple of other things, at 12 weeks. It has 98% accuracy apparently. So torn about whether to do the scan (yes, always fun to see baby!), but sometimes i feel that too much prodding and testing is not good either, and it's not like any results would change my feeling about this preg. Have any of you been offered this by your doc?

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Sometimes I think back to 100 years ago.. there were no US machines.. no medical testing.. women got pregnant and only knew it when they stopped their periods. There were no charts.. no temping strategies.. and no genetic tests.

For us, nothing will change how we feel about this baby.. we want the baby no matter what challenges and/or difficulties it may bring. We will not abort.. we will not sabotage this pregnancy. We want this baby and to be parents to it. That said, we declined all genetic testing.. including any scans, blood work etc. that was optional at 12-14 weeks. Biggrin

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Do you know which scan it is? Is it the one that involves measuring the baby through the u/s or is it a CVS where they take blood from the placenta? Are you of advanced maternal age? I'm just wondering why your doctor suggested it.

Genetic testing is done for many different reasons. People have genetic testing done not just to abort, but also to prepare for a different sort of life. Life with a special needs child is difficult and requires a lot of support from friends and family...and often from outside organizations in the community. If/when people find out they are having a child with a condition such as Downs, they have a chance to research raising such a child and also can meet others in their community who have been through this. It's great to have such support.

My step daughter has a severe disability due to a genetic condition. As such, we had a CVS when I was 10.5 weeks pg with my daughter. She is totally fine and didn't get the condition. We will have this baby tested also just so we can relax and enjoy the pregnancy. Smile

Genetic testing is a very personal decision and no one should judge you either way for what you decide. If you want to chat more, feel free to PM me. Smile

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

Do you know which scan it is? Is it the one that involves measuring the baby through the u/s or is it a CVS where they take blood from the placenta? Are you of advanced maternal age? I'm just wondering why your doctor suggested it.

H

I'm 33 - does that make me old?? Smile
Doc told me she recommends it to all her patients now. It is a scan, not CVS. We have no known risk factors in either family.
Still undecided about it. Will discuss with her on Tuesday. DH is of the opinion that we need every piece of info we can get (he's a scientist lol) but I'm less keen and think sometimes too much information is anxiety provoking unnecessarily.

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Is it the NT scan? Those are fairly common. They measure something in the baby's neck or something and if it measures a certain way, then the baby has a higher risk of downs. I don't know the ins and outs of it as it has never been offered to me, but I've seen plenty of people on the boards get it (usually just as a chance for another u/s). They always have it done at 12 weeks. I'm all about being prepared... Tests may not change your feelings for your bean, but if anything came up positive, you could spend the next 7 months researching, reading, and preparing to give your baby the best care possible. If all was negative, then you can breathe a little sigh of relief. Smile

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I think it is the NT scan as well. I think if you have worries/concerns you should do it. It's optional but I don't know that insurance covers it, so my last OB didn't offer it. I had a scare that there was something wrong with DS2 the day of delivery, it was scary and affected every part of my delivery. I think it's good to be prepared!

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I totally think its up to you. I denied all genetic testing. But I had a hard time coming to that decision. Like others, if there is something wrong with the baby, I'd like to know...because I'm a planner and I like to research. But my midwife explained to me that the any testing would just put us in a percentage category of chances of having genetic disorders, but that it couldn't give me a 100% answer. My friend tested positive or had a high percentage for one of these test (I will have to find out which one) and she worried throughout her pregnancy and the baby is just fine.

Because I feel like I can't know for sure, I denied it, and well, we are paying out of pocket for all maternity related costs and didn't want to pay for it. But if your doc is saying that this new test has a 98% accuracy it might be worth it to you.

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If it is the NT, my doctor said that they give false positives more often than not and cause a lot of unneeded anxiety. I have enough anxiety as it is with pregnancy and since it isn't 100% I passed.

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I think the test is offered to everyone here between 11-13 weeks, the doc mentioned it to me. I will refuse any tests that I have option to refuse. I don't want to go looking for problems, I'd rather just let it be. It's a personal decision though.

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"Mom2D" wrote:

I think the test is offered to everyone here between 11-13 weeks, the doc mentioned it to me. I will refuse any tests that I have option to refuse. I don't want to go looking for problems, I'd rather just let it be. It's a personal decision though.

That's the conclusion I've come to. I told my OB today that I don't want to have the NT scan done, too anxiety provoking and not like I'd take any drastic measures anyway...

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I refused mine for two reasons. One, my OB office doesn't do it, I'd have to go the Medical College in another city in downtown and.. I'm so used to country-ness, the thought of a big city traffic made me tense up LOL, plus it's not covered by insurance.

Although we could spend months researching and making sure we're prepared if it did come back bad, I could also spend months stressing myself out over nothing...and I'm having the baby either way, so...