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July 13th, 2011, 11:43 PM
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What testing do you have done during pregnancy? Are there any test you decline like GD, gbs, blood work or u/s?

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July 14th, 2011, 07:14 AM
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I did the bloodwork at the beginning of the pg, but declined the std's. I'll do the GD, but it's just grape juice and a finger prick at home. I did the ultrasound. Then I don't plan on doing anything else.
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July 14th, 2011, 12:52 PM
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I call myself the waiver queen. If there is a waiver to turn it down I'll sign it. However, I've had some of my care at the military hospital this time so I had some blood work done but not all. They also gave me two ultrasounds.

With my current midwife (German) I don't think there would be any tests available from her, she's very grassroots.

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July 14th, 2011, 06:39 PM
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I tried to refuse an ultrasound and STD test back in December at a hospital but they were super rude and basically scared me into them. After that it was homebirth all the way and I told my husband the next time I stepped into a hospital for this babe it better be a BIG emergency.

Ultrasound at 8 weeks to establish due date
My midwife required an AIDs test which was fine by me.
I did a blood test around 15 weeks to find out my blood type(my husband did too)
20 week ultrasound
Just today I made a last minute decision to do a GBS test

Haven't taken anything else.
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July 14th, 2011, 08:18 PM
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I have labwork drawn at the first visit, I do a sono at 20 weeks, random glucose check at 28 (just a finger stick, not the glucose test), 3rd trimester labs and an iron check to make sure it's high enough for home birth. I do the GBS testing because I am allergic to a bunch of antibiotics and if I ever transferred to the hospital and didn't have the test they require antibiotics and I'd rather have proof of a negative test so they leave me alone
Alison - Mom to: Emmeline (7/14), Augustus (2) Maximus (4) Eleanor (5) Reid (6) Evelyn (8) Lucas (13) Christopher (14)

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July 14th, 2011, 09:45 PM
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I did all testing with DD, and I probably will next time as well. I want to be prepared in case there is an issue. (Especially because I had several last time) There are a few that are absolute necessities for me though. U/S (selfish reason though. I want to see the baby!) BP, protein, CBC (closer to delivery) and GD.
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July 14th, 2011, 10:09 PM
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Because of my age and the fact that I had back-to-back miscarriages immediately preceding this pregnancy, and didn't know how far along I was at first, I've had more testing than in past pregnancies.

I've had so far:
-Initial comprehensive blood work and Pap at my first visit (I was still with an OB at the time).
-Dating ultrasound at 6.5 weeks
-Another ultrasound when I was having cramping at 8.5 weeks
-Nuchal translucency ultrasound and 1st trimester screening blood work at 11.5 weeks
-Second trimester screening blood work at 16.5 weeks
-Anatomy ultrasound at 18 weeks

I will be having:
-Gestational diabetes testing (I drink grape juice at home and then my midwives draw my blood at home an hour later with the rest of the blood work to send to the lab), Rh antibody testing (I'm Rh- and dh is Rh+), and CBC next Tuesday (27 1/2 wks). GD testing is not optional in my midwives' practice- I have to do it if I want them to deliver at home.

-GBS testing at 36 weeks
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