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January 25th, 2011, 09:54 AM
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Hello there,

I am new to the board. Hello!

I was wondering how many of you have done testing such as CVS or amnio testing so far. We're discussing this and how far we want to go with it. Regardless of the outcome, we would want to move forward with the pregnancy... and there is a bit of risk to the baby with these kinds of tests. Not sure what to think.

Any experiences you can share?
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January 26th, 2011, 03:52 AM
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Hello!! I turned 37 last August and will still be 37 when I deliver in July, but not for long. lol

My OB did not suggested any of the invasive testing, and even if he did, I would refuse it. The procedures are very invasive and need to be done during certain weeks, which I'm past now. I also turned down the NT scan, because the results of all these tests were not important to us. We would not have terminated the pregnancy given the results of any testing. I won't even agree to an amnio.

The risk is there, even if minimal. I have a friend that has done the CVS twice without incident, but know another that had it done and lost the baby. Research it online, especially how the procedure itself is done and then make the decision if you want to put yourself and the baby through it.

Good luck to you with your decision!!
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January 26th, 2011, 09:17 AM
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i am 39 going to be 40 in march. i did the NT scan and finger prick and will be doing the other blood test at 16 weeks. my doc didnt encourage doing the more invasive testing. he said if i WANTED it he would do it, but he has found with all the other noninvasive testing he has done that the results are clear enough that invasive testing really isnt needed.
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January 26th, 2011, 03:49 PM
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This is all really helpful.

My doctor has been practicing about 10 years. She referred me to a CVS expert about 30 miles away - she said we have more local folks, but this is the best in the business and she has never lost a baby with this doctor... so I guess that's good.

She definitely pushed testing upon our first appointment due to age - and it sounds like she had a recent birth with a client who didn't test - and were surprised by the complications they received... she didn't go into details, but she said that she would do it if she were in my position...

Just scared, I guess.

Man. This pregnancy was a little bit of an "oops" for me... I just don't feel ready for all of this medical stuff sometimes! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to have a baby at this age - but sheesh. Creep factor overload right now.

(I also just gave blood AGAIN for low progesterone, so I'm a little crabby about the medicine stuff today)
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January 26th, 2011, 06:53 PM
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I'm 42 and we had a CVS performed. It was a great experience and went very smoothly for us with no complications. It was amazing to find out at 11 weeks that our baby was perfectly healthy and that we were having a GIRL
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January 27th, 2011, 06:48 AM
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I'm 42 and we had a CVS performed. It was a great experience and went very smoothly for us with no complications. It was amazing to find out at 11 weeks that our baby was perfectly healthy and that we were having a GIRL
Thank you so much for this information.

Can you please detail this for me?

Did they do it 100% vaginally? Did it hurt?
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January 27th, 2011, 07:09 AM
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Thank you so much for this information.

Can you please detail this for me?

Did they do it 100% vaginally? Did it hurt?

Let me see if I can find my post about it and I'll bump it for you It explains it all. But yes, it was 100% done vaginally thru my cervix guided 100% of the time via ultrasound and it did not hurt. Just a tugging sensation. I watched it all via the ultrasound and it did not hurt afterwards. Just had to take it easy for 24 hours and not lift heavy objects. Off to find my post for you.
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February 21st, 2011, 01:43 PM
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I had an amniocentesis for my 2nd child because of bad results from an AFP Alpha-fetoprotein. I did feel some discomfort from it but had no troubles. I also just went through the CVS testing on my 6th baby, which I found to be painless and the doctor was quite compassionate, talking me through everything. I was informed of all the risks and we made a choice that was right for us. Hope all goes well if you decide to do it.
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February 21st, 2011, 03:19 PM
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Hello there -

I did do it - I updated in another post. I found it quite painful, actually. I think the speculum he used was just way too big - and I apparently beared down (super vagina!!!) and spit the dang thing out - so they had to clean me all over again and do the test twice.

My results were clear and I'm having a boy!!!
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July 18th, 2011, 07:30 PM
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Hello there,

I am new to the board. Hello!

I was wondering how many of you have done testing such as CVS or amnio testing so far. We're discussing this and how far we want to go with it. Regardless of the outcome, we would want to move forward with the pregnancy... and there is a bit of risk to the baby with these kinds of tests. Not sure what to think.

Any experiences you can share?
Hi Katiemama

If you’re an older mom-to-be or otherwise at risk for genetic abnormalities, talk frankly with your practitioner about your testing options. He or she may refer you to a genetic counselor to discuss the best route for you. Bear in mind that while there have been great advances in noninvasive screening tests (such as nuchal translucency screening), such tests are limited to measuring the likelihood of a genetic abnormality. Only CVS and amnio are diagnostic, and can definitively determine a problem. If CVS seems like a good option for you, check to see if it is performed regularly at your hospital by an experienced perinatologist (the maternal-fetal specialist who performs such tests); the findings of this study do suggest that when it comes to prenatal procedures, practice does make (more) perfect.
There're many useful infos for pregnancy over 40 at Pregnancy over 40 that you should ref: risks, tests...

Best wishes to you!

Jenny

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