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My doctor asked me at my last appointment if I wanted any testing done, and I quickly said no. I'm 36 and will be 37 when baby comes, but never really thought I was "old". I don't think I want the afp done because of the high rate of false positives, but I'm wondering if it is worth getting the nt scan. When do you need to have it done? Is it very accurate? My next appointment, I'll be 12wks and I can decide to still do it. I just don't want to worry for no reason.
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I always get the NT scan as in I got it with my son. In my mind its just another way to see baby. It wont matter or change anything with the results so I just get to peek at baby and get a picture or two for my trouble.
The way my doctor explained it to me with my first was this: Will knowing the results change your decision to carry to term or not? I decided that it would not change my mind. We would see any abnormality markers (like down syndrome) at the 20 week scan and would therefore know to expect something different at birth.
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I am only getting it done because my baby's dad's aunt has down syndrome and they recommended it because of that. It wouldn't change the outcome of my pregnancy. I guess for me it's a way to get an ultrasound before 20 weeks which is a lot of peace of mind for me seeing as this is my first baby. Like the other ladies said, would it change the outcome of your pregnancy? If not, you may not want to bother or spend the money on it if your insurance doesn't cover it.
We have a high rate of down's in our family as well...
While it wouldn't change my mind as to whether or not to carry the pregnancy...education and knowledge is POWERFUL! Baby's with down's face unique complications, starting at birth, including heart and lung issues. Being knowledgeable if you do have to face that only helps everyone in the long run...
I choose to do the testing... Much like knowing the gender doesn't change whether you will keep the pregnancy or not, but rather gives you a glimpse into this tiny person you are creating and who they are... knowing any "abnormalities" also helps me learn as much as possible about my little miracle.
Melissa, Mom to DS Zeke (10/12/2001) and DD Paxton (05/29/2003)
I agree with the other ladies, it would not change my decision to carry to term, however I would be able to research and learn about what life will be like after baby gets here if something does show up on the test. And getting to see the bean again and get pictures is always a plus!
Its not ever been offered to me except in my home birth (I found that odd) but it was out of pocket, the only thing that is offered is the quad screen and I know the high rate of false positives with the quad so we opt out of that one. We will not be getting it done this time either.
If your insurance covers it, I would . I guess I have the same perspective as a lot of the ladies.... knowledge is power. And if something were to be abnormal, you can make sure that everything is in place--that you find a really good, experienced pediatrician, etc so you are prepared when little miracle baby #8 makes its arrival.
JaxonJocelyn Gabriel Grayson and Scarlett