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August 5th, 2011, 01:31 PM
sarha81's Avatar First-time Mommy to Jake
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I’m actually struggling with a decision for my next appt about that. I had a NT scan/genetic screen yesterday for downs and other chromosome issues, and the baby did amazing. We were put in a super low risk category.
So they want to do another screen in four week (at 16wks). It’s just a blood test, this time for downs again and spina bifida, but really? We won't abort even in the most dire situation. Doc said he used to think like me but then he said, knowing baby may have a major health issue would be advantageous — baby might need to be born by c-section or in a level 3 NICU. OK, he had me there. BUT, then he said, there’s also a chance my late term u/s could screen for these issues. I think docs/hospitals go too far sometimes. What do you think?
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August 5th, 2011, 01:36 PM
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I personally like all the testing and all that. I think these days Doctors and hospitals have to cover everything so there are no repercussions later. (cover their a$ses!) Imagine if people weren't told or strongly advised of a certain tests and their baby came out with problems, I can just hear some mothers saying "why wasn't I made to have this or that" "why wasn't it made clear that this could happen" blah blah blah

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August 5th, 2011, 01:49 PM
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With my last pregnancy, the scan came out fine, so I waived the blood testing. Honestly, if there were a question about either SB or Downs, they would have seen it in the scan, right? They measure everything purposely. If I were borderline I would do it, but otherwise I wouldn't bother. But, that's me. If you don't think you will have peace of mind without it, then maybe you should do it.
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August 5th, 2011, 01:52 PM
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I am doing everything EXCEPT the amnio thing with the needle in the fluid. I don't want a needle going anywhere near my baby or my belly. My husband and I don't have any disorders that run in our families, so we are really only doing the testing because my insurance pays for it. I did the down syndrome fluid measurement test and havent heard anything back (its been almost a month) and will be doing the cystic fibrosis blood test when I get the nerve to head to base and get it done. I tend to pass out when getting blood taken and on base they could care less if I pass out.
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August 5th, 2011, 02:07 PM
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With my last pregnancy, the scan came out fine, so I waived the blood testing. Honestly, if there were a question about either SB or Downs, they would have seen it in the scan, right? They measure everything purposely. If I were borderline I would do it, but otherwise I wouldn't bother. But, that's me. If you don't think you will have peace of mind without it, then maybe you should do it.
Yeah, I just read that —*they can pick up downs and spina on the late term U/S.

I think I just needed on JM member to say, yes, I did that, so I can feel like I'm not being a bad mommy. So THANKS.
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August 5th, 2011, 02:09 PM
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Yeah, I just read that —*they can pick up downs and spina on the late term U/S.
Really? I thought these were both genetic flaws? Do you have the link to where you read it? I would be interested in reading it. too.
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August 5th, 2011, 02:10 PM
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I am doing everything EXCEPT the amnio thing with the needle in the fluid. I don't want a needle going anywhere near my baby or my belly. My husband and I don't have any disorders that run in our families, so we are really only doing the testing because my insurance pays for it. I did the down syndrome fluid measurement test and havent heard anything back (its been almost a month) and will be doing the cystic fibrosis blood test when I get the nerve to head to base and get it done. I tend to pass out when getting blood taken and on base they could care less if I pass out.
did you happen to see how thick the fluid in the neck was on the U/s? They said if it was under 3, it was good, under 2 was best and around 1 was near perfect ... I dunno if that helps you?

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Really? I thought these were both genetic flaws? Do you have the link to where you read it? I would be interested in reading it. too.

yeah, isn't that nuts? Why am I getting pricked with needles?!?! I hate needles, lol


Ultrasounds also are used to detect:

* structural defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly
* congenital heart defects
* gastrointestinal and kidney malformations
* cleft lip or palate
(Prenatal Tests)
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