Opting out of NT

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Jenni Beth's picture
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Opting out of NT

Matt and I have decided to not get the NT test. These are our reasons:

1.) It just tells you if your baby is at risk, rather than giving a positive or negative result.

2.) You can have a "negative" test result, yet your baby can still have one of the genetic defects.

3.) You can have a "positive" test result and your baby could be fine, therefore causing a lot of unnecessary worry.

4.) I'm not getting an amnio to confirm results.

5.) We are not terminating, regardless.

So we are going to skip this. I know a lot of you are probably getting this test done. Is anyone else opting out of NT? Just curious. Smile

brady_bunch_plus_one's picture
Joined: 11/27/04
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We opted out as well.We also arent doing the quad screen either.This baby is coming even if it isnt what most people would call perfect we are its parents all the same.God doesnt make mistakes so if something is wrong with the baby we are still ment to be its parents and that is the way it is going to be.

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We had out NT scan this morning, but I just wanted to see baby Smile

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"Nikerz20" wrote:

We had out NT scan this morning, but I just wanted to see baby Smile

Hmmm I never thought about it that way.I guess if I dont get an ultrasound when I go Monday I can ask my Dr if he can fit me in to get that while I am there......

Jenni Beth's picture
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I had thought of that as an opportunity to see the baby too but since I'm having an ultrasound at 15 weeks I figured I could wait a little longer!

Nikerz20's picture
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No I am not at all concerned at the results of today's scan, I will have to wait til 20 weeks now for my next scan. I'm not at all patient enough to last almost 3 months between scans!

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My doc's office doesn't have someone who does the u/s there so if I want it I have to go about 45 minutes away. So I just do the quad blood test if that showed reason for concern I might consider an amnio. I do however wish I could get to see the baby and not wait until 18 weeks lol

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Joined: 01/23/11
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I did the NT test yesterday and even though i know you can have a false positive... i myself just wanted to see the baby... i don't really want to know the results but i will take what ever happens.. Smile

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I too have opted out. I talked with my doc about it. I am 35 so my risks increase automatically. I have a friend who resently went for the test and is quite stressed with what they are told - all it is doing is creating worry. I just don't want to go there. My son has severe cerebral palsy - so I am already in a world I never thought possible. It is not always easy but we have a great life. So if I am meant to have another baby with issues then I will deal with that when we find out. Plus - if I would have had all the tests my son would have been fine. I was PG with twins - both healthy and strong. At 21 weeks I developed pre-eclamsia (sp?). I lost our little girl at 25w 5d and delivered them both at 26w 1d. My son weighed 1 1/2 lbs. His disability is from that. So I walked into the PG with alot to worry about if I choose - I did not want more to worry about. I am very relaxed and want to remain that way. I figure if there is something we need to deal with we will see something on the 18 week u/s and go from there. I too do not think I could terminate....but do not judge those that do. I can tell you that being in a life where I see tons of kids with all kinds of disabilities is pretty amazing. The children are a true blessing and the people that are here to help are amazing!! Anyways...those are just my thoughts.

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"MelanieP" wrote:

I too have opted out. I talked with my doc about it. I am 35 so my risks increase automatically. I have a friend who resently went for the test and is quite stressed with what they are told - all it is doing is creating worry. I just don't want to go there. My son has severe cerebral palsy - so I am already in a world I never thought possible. It is not always easy but we have a great life. So if I am meant to have another baby with issues then I will deal with that when we find out. Plus - if I would have had all the tests my son would have been fine. I was PG with twins - both healthy and strong. At 21 weeks I developed pre-eclamsia (sp?). I lost our little girl at 25w 5d and delivered them both at 26w 1d. My son weighed 1 1/2 lbs. His disability is from that. So I walked into the PG with alot to worry about if I choose - I did not want more to worry about. I am very relaxed and want to remain that way. I figure if there is something we need to deal with we will see something on the 18 week u/s and go from there. I too do not think I could terminate....but do not judge those that do. I can tell you that being in a life where I see tons of kids with all kinds of disabilities is pretty amazing. The children are a true blessing and the people that are here to help are amazing!! Anyways...those are just my thoughts.

Wow, Melanie. I never knew your story. Thanks for sharing. Your son is so beautiful and looks very happy! Matt works with mentally and physically challenged people and he said "They are some of the coolest people I know". So if God chooses us to be parents to a child with a disability, then that is fine by me!

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I never knew your story either Melanie. I can't believe how young they were! Your son must be a fighter.

I haven't ever had the NT test done. I won't this time either. My husband figured out the first time around (he

I get an u/s at every appt anyway. All my drs have always had us in their offices, so it has never been an issue for us.

lily0624's picture
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jen, we are still going to do the NT scan even though we would never terminate either.

we JUST talked to our doctor about this yesterday. we are going on vacation right during the time when i would get the scan and asked him if really we needed it since we are catholic and wouldn't terminate anyway. he raised some valid points to us that helped us decide that in fact we will have the NT scan when we get back from vacation.

even though we won't terminate, it would help to know what we were up against if, God forbid, there was a problem. we can shift our focus to learning how to deal with whatever problem the baby may have. and in some cases, my doctor pointed out, the testing may show the baby has a problem that can be fixed either while the baby is still in the womb or immediately once the baby is born. they can prepare for the emergency surgery or whatever is needed as soon as the baby comes out.

and, like nicole said, it's another time to see the baby. i think it was the NT scan with thomas that i finally thought, wow - that's a baby!!

anyway, i think whatever decision anyone makes with regard to the NT scan is the right one - it has to be right for YOU! i do admit that the tests do make you worry a bit but, really, when does this little munchkin NOT make you worry?? and boy when they come out the worrying only escalates!! lol!!!

xoxo

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I don't care about the results - I just want to see the baby! My 12 week scan will be my first U/S, and I will only get one other one at 20 weeks. We would never terminate either, and my Dr. knows that. The only reason for me is to see my little peanut for the first time! I don't even care to know the results.

Joined: 06/20/07
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I decided to do the test only because I wanted to see another ultrasound, my next is not until my 19th week and just knew I would drive myself crazy with not being able to see my baby for that long. The doctor do listen for the heart rate at every appointment. I just had my 12 week scan on Monday and should have the results by Friday but I am not to worried because I'm not going to abort or feel any less different about my precious baby that I pray for, for some many years. I do understand why you choose not to, I would have the same worries.

Jenni Beth's picture
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I agree...everyone has to make the best decision for themselves. We are having our gender u/s on May 19th (HOPEFULLY we will find out!) so I'm not too sad at not seeing the baby at the NT scan. Matt's sister got false positive results and it caused so much stress...so we just decided that, to us, it wasn't worth it.

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I agree to - everyone has different things that work for them with pregnancy.

Thanks for the comments on my son. He truly is an amazing strong little boy...and so happy. Literally he smiles and laughs 3/4 of the day Smile

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Melanie-wow, I am glad that your son is okay-Cerebral Palsy can't be easy, but if he's a happy kid, it shows he is loved.

We probably aren't going to do the testing. We opted out with Jack, and while I was nervous, its fine. God will take care of our family. I would like another chance to see the baby, but we wouldn't terminate or go for an amnio either if there was an unfavorable result.

My sister in law and brother in law had a false positive on the NT scan with their son. They did further testing and it showed a kidney problem (basically I call it "urine reflux"). They said that, combined with the result of the NT test they only had a 2% chance of a baby without Down's Syndrome. So after five months of freaking out, Jimmy was born, and was perfect. No down's syndrome, just the kidney problem.

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