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BTDT moms: Did you choose to get genetic testing in your second trimester?
I think I may choose not to. I understand how much info they can provide. But if our child is going to be born with a handicap such as down syndrome, why would I want to know ahead of time? I certainly wouldn't abort our baby. My OB says she will support whatever I choose. She also mentioned that some women test positive for abnormalities and the baby is actually fine. I feel like it will just make me worry more.
We didn't with Curtis or this baby. They check some things even during the "big" ultrasound and that's good enough for us. It wouldn't change how we felt about baby either way and we don't see the need to prepare or anything.
I did not have it done. Told my midwife absolutely no way not happening.
I do know someone that had it done, they told her her baby was going to have Downs, amongst other problems. They made the choice not to abort and their daughter was born COMPLETELY healthy, absolutely NOTHING wrong with this kid. For me the margin of error outweighed any benefits of knowing ahead of time (which I could barely see any for myself in the first place).
Nope not having it done and here is the perfect example why:
My former labmate who just gave birth to a HEALTHY baby girl 3 weeks ago, had abnormal test results and then on u/s they thought the baby had downs features (squished face). So her OB got her all worried and sent her to a specialist immediatly.
When they were sent to the genetic specialist he took one look at her and told her to go home because she is KOREAN and has a squished face herself!!!
I didn't get that test done with Adriana and I will not do it with my 2nd child.. Abortion is not even an option to me, so doing the test would have just worried me about what's to come.. I decided that I wanted to enjoy my pregnancy..
I declined it. My midwife was pretty cool about it too. I've heard some OBs push it. I think the false positives are too much a reason to not do it. It would add so much un-needed stress for me and the baby.
I did a 1st tri screen and my numbers were a little high. Due to my age and just wanting to know (we wanted to be able to educate ourselves should we have a Downs' baby) we decided to get the amnio. I am 100% in the clear for baby not having Downs'. For us it was just for peace of mind. I didn't do the FSH even though spina bifida scares me...just getting the amnio was a big deal to me, and I am done having tests, I think (aside from the gosh-awful GD test that I will probably need to take 2x...bleh).