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January 24th, 2013, 05:30 AM
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I didn't have one with Chase so I'm not really too familiar with it-

I've seen a lot of people mention that the "routine" NT scan has the ultrasound and bloodwork afterwards.

Is this always true- is it a 2 part test? Also, if there is labwork is it the one where they can tell you the gender from the results?
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January 24th, 2013, 05:59 AM
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IDK about the bloodwork and gender, but for me, the scan was called "Integrated screening" and they do a screen at 11-13 weeks and another one in the 2nd trimester. Both include an ultrasound and bloodwork.
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January 24th, 2013, 06:22 AM
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If I remember correctly they only pricked my finger for blood and it didn't include telling you the gender. They did however guess from the ultrasound. I go next week for my NT scan for the baby so I will let you know if I was remembering right!
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January 24th, 2013, 06:28 AM
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Thanks ladies!! The reason I ask is because DH and I are undecided whether or not we'd want to know the results from the bloodwork. We will definitely find out the gender, but we like the excitement of going to our gender ultrasound and finding out that way. However, the major perk of finding out via bloodwork this early is definitely the fact that we'd have a 4 week headstart on shopping! lol

My NT scan is on Wednesday! I'm so ready for it to come already!
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January 24th, 2013, 06:30 AM
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I was never told by bloodwork. I think that is a more expensive and in depth test than you would normally get
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January 24th, 2013, 06:54 AM
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My Dr. did the blood work rather than the NT scan to test for any abnormalities and it also tells you the gender without a doubt. I don't remember the name of the test, looking it up it looks like the Maternity 21 test. She said it's like an amniocentesis only better and they no longer do the amnio. I was just happy there is no needle in the belly because I would freak out and doubt I could do that!! She told me it has 99% accuracy and tests many genetic/chromosome abnormalities (downs, extra y, trisomy, etc…).

I should have results today, but now feel I'm missing out on an opportunity to see my baby again. My next u/s will be at 20 weeks.

It was only offered to me because I’m over 35 and you have to be high risk, over 35, or family history for this test I believe. She said some insurance companies cover it. If they don’t cover it she said the cost of the test is a little over two hundred dollars.

Also - I have been back and forth on finding out the sex. Geez!! I want to know, then I don't... So indecisive. I will have to make a decision the minute they call me!!
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January 24th, 2013, 06:58 AM
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Thanks onemoremakesfour! I am not AMA, but I am being followed by perinatology as high risk due to my epilepsy, PCOS, past miscarriages, and insulin resistance. I wonder if they would offer that test then? I have no idea if my insurance would even cover it though... but i definitely know I'm at least getting the ultrasound.

Will you be finding out the gender?
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January 24th, 2013, 07:47 AM
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I want to know the gender, but then I don't want to know!! What to do, what to do!!

I didn't find out with first 2 DS's, but I did with 3rd DS.

I kind of like the idea of a surprise, but then I want to know if this is a brother or possibly a sister. I'm sure when they call I will cave and say yes!!
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Lol! I wouldn't blame you one bit! And like I said, it would give you the ability to start shopping so much earlier!! hehe
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The "routine" screening is bloodwork at 10-13 weeks, scan at 12-13 weeks, and then more bloodwork at 15-16 weeks . They can't tell the gender unless you get the more in depth bloodwork.
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My experience is exactly what mamalamb said So today when I go to mine he will do my scan and then send me downstairs to the lab for bloodwork. Then at my next appointment he will go over preliminary results and there is a 2nd round of bloodwork. I dont know much about the newer bloodwork that also tells gender, but I do know that we would choose that over CVS or Amnio if the other bloodwork comes back elevated.

DH and I are the type who would like to know ahead of timevif our baby has an illness or disorder so we can plan and prepare.
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My experience is exactly what mamalamb said So today when I go to mine he will do my scan and then send me downstairs to the lab for bloodwork. Then at my next appointment he will go over preliminary results and there is a 2nd round of bloodwork. I dont know much about the newer bloodwork that also tells gender, but I do know that we would choose that over CVS or Amnio if the other bloodwork comes back elevated.

DH and I are the type who would like to know ahead of timevif our baby has an illness or disorder so we can plan and prepare.
I forgot your scan was today!!! Eek!!! I can't wait to see those girly nub shots!

We are the same way, if there were any issues I would want extra medical care and a plan already in place for the birth. My SIL did not find out until delivery that her son had spina bifida and it was pretty hairy.

Anyway good luck!!!!!!
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January 24th, 2013, 09:23 AM
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The bloodwork they do is not the maternit21 bloodtest which is the fetal DNA test that can tell you gender. Also, with DS I had full blown lab work but this time they just pricked my finger and took 4 drops of blood.

And yes my understanding is that the NT Scan and the bloodwork so hand in hand for the first trimester screening.
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Thanks ladies! I hope everything goes well with everyone's scans! And I am with you ladies, I would much rather know ahead so i can prepare properly! A special needs baby would require so much more, and I would definitely want to get that all before hand and not struggle to get what I need after the fact.

Can't wait to see your results Kellye! I've been practicing my nub identification skills! hehe
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What I understand is that the u/s alone is about 75% accurate, combined with the bloodwork it's 85% accurate. You cannot do the bloodwork alone, but you can do the u/s only.
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My NT scan only consists of U/S and Bloodwork to check no gender BW. I wish lol Then i think in the 2nd trimester you do more BW for that testing.
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