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August 14th, 2012, 03:42 PM
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How many of you chose to do the Genetic testing? Im not pregnant yet but one of the reasons we havent started trying is because im so nervous about Downs... I had my other kids at 25,27,31 and now im 35 and the risk is so much higher than it was.
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August 15th, 2012, 07:12 AM
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I had the NT scan and the MaterniT21 testing (which tests for Downs and trisomy 13 and 18) and it was only a simple blood draw. We wont do any further testing as the Trisomy readings came back fine and anything else that they would/could test for would not change our feelings on the pregnancy either way.

For what it is worth I am 37 and will be 38 when this baby is born.
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August 15th, 2012, 12:44 PM
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Thats good to know, all these things on the internet scare the crap out of me! How many kids do you have?
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August 15th, 2012, 12:49 PM
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We have 4. I had mine at 19, 27, 29 and 31
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August 15th, 2012, 12:56 PM
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I have considered doing the testing... but I've heard they aren't very accurate. I'm not sure what to believe. I've heard of people getting false positives & false negatives, etc. So I'm still on the fence.
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August 16th, 2012, 07:16 AM
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I've had my dc at 30, 32, 34, 37, 40, and this will be nearly 44. I've never done any testing. I've considered a 20w scan just to determine if there would be a problem that would need to be addressed immediately after delivery.
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August 16th, 2012, 08:22 AM
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We tried twice for the NT scan, but the child wouldn't cooperate. After a lot of research, we decided to do an amnio. The amnio risks are so much lower than they once were now that the procedure has been around so long (so the doctor's have practice doing it) and the ultrasound equipment is such high resolution. The amnio was a piece of cake for me. It hurt less than some of the blood draws I've had. For us, definitively knowing one way or another was a big load off our shoulders. We felt the risks involved in an amnio were sufficiently low to warrant doing the test and reducing our stress level.
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