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October 12th, 2012, 08:44 AM
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I had my 1st appt today with the nurse. She told me I'm considered advanced maternal age because I'll be 35 when the baby is born. My birthday is in May. Gah! I thought it was if you were 35 when you got pregnant. Apparently not. So I'm supposed to have the routine "old lady" tests this time. Like a blood test and 2nd ultrasound at 11-13 weeks for Down's Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. And then have some nonstress tests during the last 2 months of pregnancy. I kind of like the idea of having another early u/s but it still makes me nervous. Not that I would do anything if they say something is wrong. I'm just not used to the idea of me being considered somewhat high risk because of my age. I told the nurse I am 24 in my head, but apparently that didn't matter too much

Any other "old farts" have the 11-13 week test/ultrasound for Down's?
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October 12th, 2012, 09:05 AM
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That test is the NT scan and it is offered for many women. I personally would decline but thats just me. I am sure everything will be fine. I find it odd that they told you that, women are having babies older these days and I usually thought they were more concerned with 40 than 35. Especially since you will just be 35. So odd.
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October 12th, 2012, 09:09 AM
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I had the NT scan with both my prior babies. I was 28 and 29 yrs when I had them. I will have it again and will be 31 this time.

I personally LOVE this scan, its like having a detailed 20 wk scan early at 13 wks. I know they also did an all over check at that time. It's the first time you get to see so much detail and they are still small enough to fit on the u/s screen. I also found out the gender of my second during that scan. BUT if you don't want to do it, then don't. No one will force you.
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October 12th, 2012, 09:14 AM
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What is NT? Neural Tube? My paperwork says there's a neural tube defect test that also tests for Down's but it's called the AFP/Tetra screen and it's done at 16-18 weeks. The one I'm supposed to get is called the Ultra Screen and just does chromosomal abnormalities (not neural tube defects), and it's done earlier.

Oh wait. I just found it. NT=nuchal translucency. As long as insurance covers it, I suppose I'll get it done. Maybe since I'm "old", it'll be covered
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October 12th, 2012, 09:26 AM
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The AFP one is a blood test which is also offered to younger moms.
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October 12th, 2012, 09:28 AM
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Yeah, I'm in the same boat- I will barely have turned 35 when this baby is born. Last time around my midwife didn't even mention anything about the tests you ladies are talking about, I'm curious as to which tests she will recommend this time, if any.
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October 12th, 2012, 09:47 AM
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I'm not sure of the difference. I had the NT scan which had blood work done at the same time. The results were based on the scan measurements and the blood work results together. I believe it had to be done between 11w1d and 13w3d.
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October 12th, 2012, 10:05 AM
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That's so crazy! 35 is not advanced age of any variety!
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October 12th, 2012, 11:13 AM
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I will also just have turned 35, in April. I'm sure I'll need all those tests. Crazy to think if I got pregnant just two months earlier I wouldn't but oh well!
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October 12th, 2012, 11:25 AM
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I had the NT with my son and I was 28 at the time so I dont think its just offered to older moms. I had a few moms in my last board who were also taken back by the advanced maternal age thing. Drs You are as young as you feel so dont take their labels to heart.
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October 12th, 2012, 11:51 AM
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I turned 35 before having my last baby and was all prepared for extra labs, tests etc. I think they asked me if I wanted them and I said "not really" so I never had them. Of course, I had an above average number of ultrasounds so they would have seen anything wrong anyway.
It will be interesting to see what they want to do this time.
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October 12th, 2012, 10:06 PM
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I will be turning 35 as well on this baby's due date and I just told my dr I didn't want any of the extra tests for downs done. I didn't do them with either of my dds and I worry and stress to much to possibly get a false positive.
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October 13th, 2012, 04:01 AM
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I will turn 35 at end of June so anxious if they mention anything about "advanced maternal age". Things sure have changed since the last time I had to go through pregnancy tests. I had one ultrasound and the diabetic test. That's it! It amazes me of all the tests they want to do!

Karen, you ARE 24 in my eyes!
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October 13th, 2012, 07:39 AM
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I'll be turning 36 soon, so I guess that applies to me, too. I haven't made my first appointment yet, so I don't know what the routine will be. We plan to decline any unnecessary testing.
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October 13th, 2012, 02:22 PM
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I have to get all the testing done and I am young . I will be going ahead and doing all the tests, so if anything is found we have ample time to prepare. I have always had a lot of u/s's and stuff so it isn't really anything new for me, just what I expect when I get preggo Good luck!
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