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After my first pregnancy, I opted to not do the bloodwork tests. The frequency of false positives and the percentage odds were just not worth the stress of knowing.
I agree. I chose to forego all the testing with my 2nd baby. I know people say they want to be prepared but, IMO, if a test came back that something MAY be wrong with my baby, and they aren't 100% sure, I'd rather not know than worry for the entire pregnancy. It won't change my mind about having the baby and I have enough to worry about.
Mom to 4 beautiful kids! 3 on Earth and 1 in heaven. Our little girl, Matilda Hope had Down Syndrome. She was born with TMD, a disease that is like leukemia. She fought that and beat it. Then, she had liver failure. She beat that, too. On October 17, 2014 she had NEC, necrotizing enterocolitis. My baby went to Heaven on October 19, 2014. She lived exactly one month.
I opted for testing with both of my children. Not CVS or amnio, but the early screen. Had it come back with a high probability of a problem I would have sought further testing. It would not change my mind about carrying the pregnancy, but I wanted to know so that I could prepare myself.
I have a friend who recently gave birth to a child with Downs and did not know that the child was going to have Downs. They love him no matter what and are thrilled that their family is complete, but it was very hard at first. Seeing what they have gone through would make me want to know. I understand that there is the risk of false positives, but I would still have the testing done if I were pregnant again. (Not an issue though, since I never will be! lol)
Seeing what they have gone through would make me want to know. I understand that there is the risk of false positives, but I would still have the testing done if I were pregnant again. (Not an issue though, since I never will be! lol)
We had the nuchal screen and blood draw done both times, but especially because I was "advanced maternal age" with my high-risk pregnancy. The screening showed our odds of having an issue were much lower than the average for my age, so it helped us feel a lot better. We're not having any more either (assuming DH's vasectomy holds!) so we won't have to make the choice again. I can see how folks could go either way on this.