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October 26th, 2013, 07:59 AM
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Will you do a nuchal translucency scan at 11-12 weeks? Does your OB/midwife offer it routinely? What is swaying your decision?

I think I'm going to pass. I had it done with my last pregnancy for the first time, not realizing it was an option not to. At my appointment on Wednesday the OB's office gave me some paperwork with info about it and the date range I'd need to come in. I'm not super impressed with the accuracy or the odds it gives you, but mostly I'm already going in at 11 weeks for a high-risk consult and Level II ultrasound and will likely have monthly ultrasounds after that, so if there's an abnormality going on with the heart or other things they're going to catch it anyway.
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October 26th, 2013, 09:03 AM
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It's not routine in my office, the midwives give you a choice and ask if you want it. I did opt to have (in 3 weeks). Nothing will change any outcomes, but I want to be prepared in case.
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October 26th, 2013, 09:25 AM
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My office does not offer it but given our history I get a referral for one. I will be doing both the nt scan and a cvs
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October 26th, 2013, 09:34 AM
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My office does offer it, but it's not considered part of the normal prenatal care, so it would be an extra charge that I can't afford right now. I didn't do it with either of my other 2 boys for the same reason. So I will opt out this time too.
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October 26th, 2013, 09:54 AM
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Because of my age (38), I'm automatically referred to a maternal/fetal specialist for the NT scan and bloodwork. I had to do it with Betsy too. I'm really nervous about going as the chances for problems increase with the mother's age, and I'm really getting up there.

For me, I want to know because I just need to know. I also want to know so that when I make my official announcement, I can just say it then -- I don't want to have to go back and say that there's bad news.
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October 26th, 2013, 10:16 AM
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You know, I cant remember if I have ever had that scan... I have always done the AFP testing and will with this one too, just so we can be prepared if there are any disabilities. As far as the scan goes, I dont believe they have offered it this time and I dont think they offered it my other two pregnancies either... So I guess that would be a no lol.
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October 26th, 2013, 10:52 AM
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This is on my list of questions for the doctor at my 8 week appointment. I have mixed feelings about it. It would not change anything, however, I'm a planner. And this would allow me to be prepared for anything that could come up. Also (selfishly) I kind of want to do it so I can have a peek at baby.
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October 26th, 2013, 10:54 AM
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there are too many false positives with it that i wont do it anymore i had it done with my oldest and it was completly wrong so will never do it again
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October 26th, 2013, 11:36 AM
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I plan to speak with the MW about what they can do. There are much more accurate, noninvasive, DNA-based tests available now but not all providers offer them and I have no idea if my insurance will cover it, especially since I'm not AMA (31). They offered the NT scan and blood screen last time but I declined given my age at the time (27) and the false positive rate. Now that I'm older and there are tests available that are 99% accurate, I've concluded there's little risk and I'll go for it. Knowing at 11-12 weeks that your baby has a trisomy or heart defect gives you: 1) the choice to terminate or not to terminate, 2) the ability to process the information, 3) the knowledge that your child might need immediate care upon birth. Later scans are NOT as accurate in finding certain abnormalities.
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October 26th, 2013, 11:51 AM
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What's nice about the nt scan is that it is not invasive for the baby at all, if something does pop u alarming you can opt into additional testing
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October 26th, 2013, 11:52 AM
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I will likely not do it, but am not ruling anything out yet. I think my midwife practice offers at least one scan that they like to do closer to 20 weeks, but I will need a dating U/S, so that might rule out anymore. I will have a zillion questions when I call in a couple of weeks.
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October 26th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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I think I am doing it. My health plan seems to like to offer every scan available. We would never terminate but it lets us be prepared for what's to come.
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October 26th, 2013, 04:22 PM
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I'll be doing it 100%, and am nervous.

My last pregnancy resulted in a Termination for Medical Reasons at 18 weeks due to a T21 diagnosis and subsequent finding of a hole in the heart (issues with the heart and other organs are common with T21). It was a very hard decision for us, but the decision to terminate was ultimately the right one for us. That being said - I believe the decision to take the test and the decision one makes with the results are very personal choices, and there is no right or wrong one as long as they're your own.

I am so hopeful that this little one will be healthy and we will meet it in June (and feel quite optimistic that it is) - subsequent to the diagnosis we met with a Genetic Counselor who confirmed, as far as all the results she had it was 100% just fluky and any future children we have should be healthy.

A little background on the false positives - when I did the initial test my results were greater than 4 in 5 that I was carrying a baby with T21 (I am 28, my odds going in to the testing were 1 in 1100...) - so that lead to amnio which 100% confirmed T21. They consider you 'high risk' if your odds are 1 in 200...wherein the odds are still GREATLY in your favor that your baby is healthy - so I can see how there are often 'scary' initial results for many.

I am very open about everything my DH and I went though last June, if anyone has any questions about anything, please feel free to ask.
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October 26th, 2013, 05:16 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear, Mel =(

I'm doing it for sure. I did it with Jessica, too, and the odds were super low that anything would be wrong (even though I'm old the odds were 1:2200 and I was 35). It gave me peace of mind.

I'm also doing the M21 test in a couple of weeks, which should be added peace of mind (or if anything is wrong, more stress...but whatever happens, I need to know about it before this kid pops out.)
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October 26th, 2013, 05:53 PM
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Mel If you ever need anyone to talk to I am here. Feel free to message me anytime we were in the same situation with our angel. I only agreed to the nt scan that time to get that extra little peak at my baby (I was 22 I really thought nothing could go wrong). I know it is a difficult subject that not everyone understands and I know I still struggle sometimes...Just saying if you are having a bad day I am here
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October 26th, 2013, 08:15 PM
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I don't know all the different tests but my sister said there is one that's done by simple blood work? And that it should be between 11-13 weeks when performed? If that's the one, yes we will be doing it. My first appointment is when I'm 10 weeks so I'm terrified they won't be able to fit us back in between 11-13 weeks, but my sister said they may also refer us somewhere.. What if they can't squeeze us in on late notice?
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October 26th, 2013, 08:26 PM
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The nt is a blood and u/s
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October 27th, 2013, 09:14 AM
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I am having mine in about 3.5 weeks, I would just like to know, like Amy, that is when I will be announcing and I don't want to have to announce half heartily knowing that there was bad news looming if something were to be wrong.

That being said though, I have faith that everything will be fine, I had a bad result with the blood test with my daughter Zoie and they did the test 2x just to be sure and I ended up having to see a genetic counselor and had to have 2 Level II ultrasounds, the first level II ultrasound she was perfect!! The second one was just a follow up.
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