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April 10th, 2013, 05:51 PM
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My doctor asked me today if I would be getting the genetic testing done. She explained that it was only to test me and my husband to see if we are carriers of certain disorders. Hubby and I talked about it after the appointment and we agree that we do not want it done. I am afraid that if something were to come up it would just worry me uneccessarily. You can get the test done but you cannot actually test your baby in the womb, you have to wait until he/she is born. So I don't personally see a benefit for our family.

Is anyone getting genetic testing done? What are your personal reasons for or against it?
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April 10th, 2013, 07:20 PM
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We aren't in any genetic groups where it would be common and there haven't been any children in any of our families with a genetic condition. None of our children have genetic conditions and neither do any of their cousins. Our risk level is extremely low.
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April 10th, 2013, 10:42 PM
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I guess I was under the assumption that everyone was offered genetic testing in their first trimester. I wonder if it's just something the military offers right off the bat. It seemed as if she was almost pushing me into doing it.
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April 10th, 2013, 10:55 PM
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I've never been offered it. I once asked and was told I could, but we are so low risk for it already that it wouldn't be worth it probably. Unless you were going the fertility dr. way and trying to go for a specific gender to be a possible carrier for a genetic condition vs. having it, I don't know how valuable the info would be. Maybe if you were in the TTC phase with recurrent M/C, then I would totally do it to see if something was going on genetically to keep loosing babies. Most babies with something genetically wrong with them M/C early and I'd want to know why if it kept happening.
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April 10th, 2013, 11:53 PM
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I do not think we will be doing the genetic testing but it all depends on how things go. I have been stuck so many times that I do not think that any extra times of being stuck at this point will really matter.
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April 11th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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I was offered with my first pregnancy (I saw an OB) and refused it. I'm sure my midwife will mention it for us to talk about along with every other test, but I won't be doing it this time either.
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April 11th, 2013, 06:24 AM
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I've never been offered it. I know the SO is a carrier of sickle cell (and I did not want to have children with him mainly for that reason) so the babies won't be tested until birth anyway. I hope they're not carriers; I don't have genetic issues and I never wanted my kids to have them.
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April 11th, 2013, 01:06 PM
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I didnt do it last time cause of the high rate of false positives. But the MaterniT21 test is supposed to be WAY better. So I may do it this time.
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April 11th, 2013, 01:42 PM
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I'll get it bc it goes with all my other blood work...I'd rather be prepared than be blindsided at birth
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April 11th, 2013, 04:59 PM
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Which testing are you referring to? We will be doing the NT scan and bloodwork but not the testing for cystic fibrosis etc.
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April 11th, 2013, 05:06 PM
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It was testing for a wide variety of diseases and disorders, she didn't say it was named something so I am not sure.
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