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The NT scan, I read there are a lot of false positives? And if something ended up wrong, it wouldn't change the outcome of anything for me... so it doesn't really matter. I just don't need excess PRE worry.
I think everything else I'll do? I'm not even sure what all the tests they do are, so I'll have to research some.
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We declined pretty much every test during pregnancy aside from the anatomy scan, but we went ahead with the newborn tests. We wouldn't change the outcome of the pregnancy if we found out there were abnormalities anyway, so for us it wasn't worth the risk. We'll likely be doing the same this time.
Eliza Rose, born 6/9/10 ...and getting a little brother for her birthday! Baby Henry Wilder, due 6/7/13
You read correctly, there is also a lot of false positives for the AFP blood draw which is a blood test that gives numbers for your chance of having a child with something wrong.
We plan on declining the NT scan, the AFP blood test, the glucose tolerance test (although I may do the breakfast that I did with my last midwives), we wont give the hep shot at birth or the eye goop. We will probably not do vitamin K unless I have a hard labor. I am not sure what else right now. I have a pretty hands off pregnancy with our son so I am hoping for the same this time around.
We do everything, including the NT scan which I even pay out of pocket for. After pregnancy, I think the only test I had done was a 6 wk pp scan to make sure my uterus was back to normal and I have no problem doing that either.
December 3, 2013 at 433 pm
7 lbs 6 oz, 21 inches
I would need to do a lot more research to decide, but this being my first pregnancy and my family having a lot of problems during pregnancy, I'll probably have just about all the tests done. Also, my SO has an aunt that has downs, so even though it would not change the outcome of the pregnancy, we'll probably go ahead with that just to know. I'm not sure yet though. Any advice would be appreciated!
Can you share why you decline the glucose test?
I'm really big on researching, so I'm definitely going to do some.
It has been proven to be highly inaccurate. And it made me so sick. A better way to test is the hemoglobin a1c which shows your blood sugars over time not just one time. I did a breakfast which was more like what I would eat on a regular basis not 50mg of sugar. Blech.
I will go ahead with all the tests. Not that it would change my wanting the baby for any reason, but it would be nice to get all my fears out before they are here so I can just love and embrace them! And if I had a child with a genetic issue, etc.. I would want to make sure I found the best pediatrician I could ahead of time so they can be there after the delivery and make sure that we are equipped at home prior to giving birth but I am a very type-A, must organize and prepare type of personality.
I also have to get a lot of extra u/s and stuff because I am super high risk and have to be monitored weekly after the first trimester. I know there are risks but in my case not being tested has a much much higher risk of something going wrong.
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