Anyone ever had an amnio?
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March 16th, 2013, 06:08 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Western Chicago Suburbs
I have had 2 amnios with the same baby at 35 and 36 weeks. I developed severe cholestasis during her pregnancy and they wanted to induce as soon as they could because she was at risk for still birth, so they were checking for lunch maturity and she was induced at 37 weeks. She was big and healthy. I had the same condition with dd3, but it developed a little later in the pregnancy so I didn't do the amnio and just induced at 37 weeks.
They told me the risk of amnio at 35/36 week tests was early delivery, which we were going to do anyway, so I agreed to the test with her to know what we would be dealing with at delivery because I normally deliver at a very small hospital and if it looked like she would not be ready I would have rather delivered at a larger hospital better equipped to help her a few towns over.
The NT test is notorious for false positives. Often, when the fold comes back thick, they follow up with a blood test of HCG and AFP levels to better assess the risk, but that is still not a great measure, and they factor your age into the matrix when they are assessing risk levels and since you are in the 35+ category your risk will come back higher.
I had the harmony test done with this baby, but my insurance covered it so I only had to pay $25, and I'm 32. Since you're in the 35+ category and your NT shows you might be at risk, if you want more definitive answers I suggest calling your insurance company and asking if they would cover the Harmony test. If they won't, perhaps they would cover some level 2 ultrasounds as the pregnancy progresses.
If you don't want an amnio--especially an early amnio that carries a risk of miscarriage-- say no. And if you feel like the specialists are bullying you, get MAD! They're not supposed to do that! Tell your OB how you feel.
Good luck, I hope everything is ok and that you get some answers or peace about the situation soon--whether or not you choose to do the amnio.
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