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Q&A: Nuchal translucency screening?

What happens during nuchal translucency screening?

Re: What happens during nuchal translucency screening?

The Bump Expert

A nuchal translucency screening is basically a (totally painless!) special ultrasound that tests primarily for Down syndrome. Your doc will lather your belly with gel and rub a transducer over it, which emits sound waves that then become electrical signals, and voilà! You’ll see baby’s picture on a nearby screen. While you're absorbed with that, your doc will examine the back of baby’s neck. If this area is thicker than normal, it can be an early warning sign of Down syndrome, trisomy 18 (another genetic disorder) and other related birth defects.

Make an appointment with your doctor sometime between 10 and 14 weeks for this test. You'll probably undergo a combined screening, including a serum test to check your blood. Together, these two tests determine whether baby has a genetic defect. Remember -- though a nuchal translucency test might show increased thickness in baby’s neck, your blood test results could rule out Downsyndrome. In this scenario, there is the possibility of a slight heart defect, and your doctor will most likely run further tests on your baby’s heart.

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Your pregnancy and birth. 4th ed. Washington, DC: ACOG; 2005.

Paula Kashtan

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Does anyone know if these are always done in 3D? Most people that have had NT scans seem to have had them done in 3D...

happytobemrs.m |

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I had it done and it was NOT in 3D. Just a regular ultrasound + bloodwork.

FreshStartMama |

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My insurance doesn't cover the screening, so I'm pretty bummed. But when I expressed my dismay about it to the customer service rep that was discussing it w/ me, her answer was "Well, it's kind of pointless when you think about it...I mean, what would you change if you knew? Would you abort the baby?" ARE YOU KIDDING?!? NO I would not abort the baby! But it would at least give hubby & I time to plan...mentally as well as financially. I couldn't believe she said that.

hollyrashel |

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my midwife is recommending this for me b/c of my age, and because the hospital we are planning on using for delivery is not as well equipped for handling complicated neo-natal issues as a hospital that is a little further away.i am going to call my insurance tonight to see if it will be covered.

jennterrell |

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I called my insurance company twice (Aetna) and they had no idea what code went with this test. It will only be covered if it's billed/coded as "medically necessary" by my doctor. We'll have to talk about that!

GrnMachine |

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I am not sure if I am going to get it, even in the insurance covers it ........ my friend had it done - came back indicating the baby had Downs (the baby ended up being PERFECT and gorgeous) - and the dr. actually recomended my friend abort the baby. It was terrible!!!

john-elizabeth |

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I actually had the test done and it came back abnormal. We had a CVS test done after that and it came back normal (negative for Downs and other genetic abnormalities that they know about.) We did not terminate the pregnancy, but my baby was born with a Syndrome that the Doctors could not diagnose. He passed away at 3 months last November. This week would have been his first birthday. I guess my big learning was that sometimes the tests ARE right, and sometimes you're not on the positive side of the tests. Bad things do happen in pregnancy, and they can happen to any one of us, so everyone should be prepared with whatever information THEY need to make THEIR OWN decisions. And no one (doctors nor insurance reps..) should judge you for those decisions.

gabriellesmum |

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For those of you with Aetna, here is how to tell if things are covered: Go to www.aetna.comclick on Members: Public Informationclick on Health Coverage Informationclick on Clinical Policy Bulletinsselect Medicalaccept the termssearch for anything These are the documents that tell you what is covered. They even give the proper billing codes for procedures. Good luck!

Mike&Rae |

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Well I was scheduled to have this done after researching if my insurance coverd this test, only to find out the place my doctor sends women to have this done was not in my insurances network, so to make a long story short I have to cancel.

tweeter_40 |

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I'm 22 and in my 7th week..my Dr. mentioned this downsyndrome testing to me for my next appointment, but I don't feel I need it..I basically just want another ultrasound to see my baby! Also..if I were to find out there was something wrong, I would never terminate the pregnancy..any thoughts?

starkbaby22 |

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I'm 10w3d and went for my first ob/gyn appointment today. My doctor recommended this ultrasound, even though it costs $175 and is not covered by my insurance. It apparently detects 85% of cases of Down Sydrome, Trisomy 13/18 and spina bifida and has a 5% false positive rate. If it does come back positive, then you can have amniocentisis to know for certain, but amnio carries a small miscarriage risk. I'm going to do it -- I don't know if I'd terminate the pregnancy, but would certainly want to educate myself and plan for a baby with special needs.

Istaliz |

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This is my third pregnacy and I've never heard of this test. The only test I've ever done to detect if the baby was special needs has Bern the triple screen. My husband and I both feel that if our baby was to be born with a defect its cause God figured we could handle it. Like a friend of mine who has a girl with Downs "If you knew your child was going to have learning disability or ADHD would you abort?" Got me thinking!

sloanzookpr |

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sloanzookpr-thank you for your comments. Whether or not someone decideds to have this test is fine either way. The thing that frustrates me is those who want so badly to have children, but are willing to terminate a pregnancy when they find out something could be wrong. I work with students with disabilities and they are just as precious and wonderful as any other child. Another thing our dr. pointed out was that when you become a parent it becomes a lifelong process about being nervous on the things that could go wrong with your child. These are only a few of the things that you could find out during your pregnancy and there are so many other things that we cannot prepare for. Either way, won't you love your child unconditionally and take it as it comes??

PaulKelli |

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Well I am a soon to be new mom....it has taken me several years to try and get pregnant and have a viable pregnancey....I understand the need to know for a lot of people but I have the veiw point of this is my baby my child a life that I was blessed with and I will do whatever it takes to keep my baby safe....so personally I am opting not to have the test done. I know that I will love my baby no matter what problems may arise....I feel blessed to be given the chance to have a baby and that is enough for me...

LADYGODDESS3000@YAHOO.COM |

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LADYGODDESS3000 I have to tell you how impressed I was when I read your comment on this. There is a big difference in our ages, I just turned 41, but, like you, I have been trying to conceive for a VERY long time. I have finally been blessed to have a child And I am due Oct. 19, 2009. I have decided not to have this test. Thank God I am in good health, I eat well and am taking the correct amount of vitamins and folic acid that my doctor has recommended for me. I refuse to let anything happen to my baby with these tests. Especially the amino test.....NEVER. That test comes with a very high risk of miscarriages. I can't allow that. Both myself and my husband have gone through to much to be at the point we are now. All I can do is pray and hope for the best. Whatever God grants us will be our lifes greatest gift, no matter what.

GinaBeeley |

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for me this test seems like a must! Not because we would terminate pregnancy but so we could best prepare for a child that may need a little more. We already have a six year old and would not give up our children for anything but it would be nice to know that we have a little knowledge that might help our child!!

rockabilly_bride2009 |

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Mine was not done in 3D

queenbee70737 |

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I would make sure to get both blood test results and normal/abnormal ultrasound results at the same time... my husband and I were told the ultrasound was abnormal, but the blood work won't come back for a week. It is a very stressful week waiting for that to come in- I wish they would have waited until they knew the risks for sure.

lindsay616 |

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someone was talking about a code? my insurance wouldn't tell me if they covered it or not unless they had the billing code. just call up the place where they do the test and they should be able to give that to you!

adamlinds |

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I agree with many of you who opt not to have this test because you will love your child and raise them regardless. However A friend of mine had a baby born with Trisomy 13. She delivered at a hospital that was not well prepared to handle this condition. I feel that the experience would have been less overwelming and she could have enjoyed the 40 days of her child's life a little more if she had been somewhat educated and prepared prior to the birth. But it is definately a personal decision!

whirlwindbride |

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I'm 8w5d, and considered a high-risk pregnancy. After discussing with my hubby, we've decided against the testing. We would never abort, and I worry that the stress of a possible positive test would put undue stress on me and then Baby. Whatever happens will not change how much I will love my child. God never gives you more than you can handle.

jhgervais |

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I just received the screening test results and came out normal for the downs test but my risk was increased for the chromosome 13/18 test. As I am 30 my stats should have come out 1 in 1,000 but instead came out 1 in 400. The doctor said that is still within a normal range bt I am a little worried about this. She had mentioned that we could do an amnio to be certain. And also that it's very likely that they will pick up any possible abnormalities, as a result of this defect, in the Level II screening. Does anyone have any insights or advice with this? I'm a little worried but not sure if thes e tests are just making me crazy.

gvcarreira |

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the same thing happened to me. The NT screening results were normal for downs and i was high risk for my age for trisomy 18. im 28 and the results came out 1/700. Im waiting anxiously for the results of part 2 of this test, the AFP blood work. I was sick to my stomach the first day, and dont really understand any of these false positive results, but its in Gods hands... i never even heard of this disorder. has anyone else had this happen, and everything turned out fine...beautiful, healthy baby? i know the answer i just need some reassurance :(

Soon 2 be Mrs. Z |

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I just had my NT screening results from the sonogram and it was normal. However, when I got the blood test results back, I was told that my HCG levels were very high and that my risk for having a child with down syndrome is 1/65. This is the smallest ratio I have heard. I am obviously very anxious but decided to do the amnio in three weeks so that I too can be prepared. I did want to comment on the writer who decided that an amnio was not for her because of the high rate of miscarriage. I completely understand, as it makes me very anxious, but to say that it comes with a high rate of miscarriages is very misleading. The rate of miscarriages ranges from 0.2 to 0.5%. If you are considering this procedure, you can check for yourself on webmd, wwikipedia or the march of dimes site.

pinksunshine123456 |

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I'm scheduled to take the Nuchal translucency test in 3 weeks and i would still love my baby no matter what. It's so sad to read other peoples comments and how they lost their child. I can't stop crying. I pray that whoever lost their child is okay. That's so heartbreaking.

adorablebaby24 |

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I just had my nuchal scan because I am at high risk. Believe it or not there are times when you might want to abort. It sounds harsh but I just had a miscarriage back in April. IT ends up that my baby had Trisomy 18. Most babies with this disorder are so deformed that they don't make it to birth. IF they do they may last months, days or just hours. It is very sad. My doctor, who is a very well known perinatologist in my area, said that he would have suggested abortion if my baby had lasted to the nuchal scan. It is sad but it is just a worthwhile test.

Ryansmommy0430 |

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We are being tested for this. It was the one thing my husband insisted on and fears.

LLShrestha |

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It is important to know that this is an OPTIONAL test! For normal pregnancies, especially those families that would never consider an abortion, this test is not necessary unless you would like to have early detection to prepare yourself for the disorder when the baby is born. Even at that, the test could be wrong like alot of you have stated, I think I remember reading in the "What to expect when you're expecting" book that odds are 1 in 3 tested show a false positive result. If you are considered high-risk, or are of advanced maternal age, doctors will strongly recommend getting this test because chances of your baby having a birth defect will be much higher. HOWEVER, it is still optional! My insurance will not be covering this test and I thought long and hard about its necessity and I will not be getting this test, because our family will deal with whatever problems arise when the time comes, and would never abort our baby even though there is history of congenital heart disease birth defect in my sisters family.... Thats my two cents - hope it helps you!

Cooleen83 |

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We opted to skip these tests. They won't change anything about our pregnancy or give us a significant preparatory advantage if we take the test and it comes out positive. Positive or negative, it is another expense we can avoid. We're spending that money on high quality fetal heart rate monitor--something that we can use every day to feel good about our baby's progress.

isnoop |

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The NT test is considered "standard" in most industrialized nations outside the U.S. due to it's accuracy (much better than standard tests) and how early it takes place (11-13 weeks). If you're over 30 years old a lot of doctors will tell your insurance company that it's "medically necessary", thus getting your insurance company to cover most of the scan, and generally the blood work is already covered. Women over the age of 30 only account for about 25% of all Downs births however, so NT screening is a must for younger mothers as well. The only reason your doctor wouldn't do this for you (as long as you're over 30) is that they're bringing their bible into their workplace, and you should consider finding another doctor (or filing a lawsuit if unable to) if you would like to screen for a multitude of chromosomal defects. Being the parent of a child with Down Syndrome is a lot more demanding, for a lot longer period of time than that of a normal child. Average life expectancy is around 50 years, with a high percentage of adults with Downs suffering from dementia and memory loss, as well as Alzheimers beyond the age of 30. Generally they will need a lifetime of constant care. Personally my wife and I have decided to terminate if testing determines our child has chromosomal defects. And I wouldn't mention this if others hadn't already espoused their beliefs, but we don't feel it's a "blessing" from God to have a child with Down Syndrome, and based on God's track record with children (Psalm 137:9. Psalm 109:8-12, Leviticus 27:6, Genesis 38:24) we're pretty sure he would agree.

lordbobo |

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This is not a pointless test in any way. I was afraid to do because when my mom was pregnant with me in the 80's they told her horrible stuff and same with my brother they said she was having a dwarf. He's 6 feet not like it woulda matter but they were most likely wrong back then. SO I was very skeptical. My doctor WAS GREAT! She was like it's painless and you get to see how healthy the baby is. ANOTHER GREAT POINT SHE SAID WAS BABIES ARE SOMETIMES FORMED PERFECTLY BUT HAVE NO BRAIN!!! So why would you wanna put yourself through that for 9 months. That was the catcher after that I was not saying no! My test was good and we got to have a great ultrasound!! It was 3D and very informational even at 11 weeks! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT IF YOUR INSURANCE COVERS IT!!

Megeshorty |

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We are going to do the tests, but only so we can have the ultrasound (I didn't want to have to wait another 10 weeks to get my 1st ultrasound!) The results won't change a thing.

springbride508 |

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I know that this is a very personal decision - every decision during a woman's pregnancy is a personal one. I can definitely see both sides of the coin on this issue, but my husband and I have decided not to get the test. I'm 10w5d and just feel like we wouldn't do anything with the results (except stress if the test indicated there may be a problem). So, we too have decided that if God wants us to have a baby with a disability, He will also give us the ability, strength, knowledge, support and patience to love it more than we ever knew possible! Good luck to all women and good luck with all decisions!

SusanArterburn |

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I am 9w2d and won't be having the test. It isn't worth the risk or stress. My husband and I will love our baby no matter what happens. I am sorry for those of you who have experienced a loss. You are in my prayers.

blynn15 |

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My husband and I struggled about whether or not to have this test. My first thought was that we would have and love this baby completely no matter what. Then a woman I know (in her 20s!) had an unexpected Downs Syndrome baby. Hearing the struggles and confusion of just the first day made me reconsider. They had no idea what tests the doctors would want to run that day and that they wouldn't be able to bring the baby home after 2 days or all the complications that can arise. Don't get me wrong, we still have every intention of having and loving this baby of ours completely, but at least we can be armed with the information we need to be well-grounded when the baby arrives. At least we can do some research and join a support group or look for appropriate resources so we can be prepared to be the best parents we can be if the doctor finds a potential problem. That's why we are getting this test done.

ryry10 |

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As far as I can tell, my doctor thought this would be the best thing to do - so you can be prepared either way. My husband and I are people who believe we need to be informed as much as possible. Plus there is no risk with an ultrasound (I'm going in at 13 weeks) and blood work.

CrazyToast |

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There is no risk to have the test done, it is an untrasound and blood work, and it is only stresfully if it is positive, but if it is positive you can learn more about the disorder before you give birth and get better care so that you can have a healthier pregnacy and birth. I am looking forward to the test, I will get to see my baby, any ultrashounds are good in my mind, great way to see your baby and make sure eveything is going ok

kmnygaard |

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We talked with our doctor about the option to do this testing. I work in a hospital setting, with many children who have special needs, so I thought, of course I would want to know if our baby has some genetic issues so we can better plan. BUT, when I shared this with the doctor, she said that this test would only give a likelihood of genetic issues and that we would need to do amniocentesis to know for sure if our baby would have genetic issues or not. I know that amnio is risky and not something I'm willing to do. So, I'm leaving it up to God to prepare us for what is to come and believing that whatever happens we have great and supportive family and friends to help us through!

chmarie |

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I too am over the age of 35 and was told I needed this test. However, I declined. My feeling on it is regardless of what happens, this baby is coming home with us and will be a part of our family and loved. No matter what. So why go through the stress of possibly being told something like that - makes no sense to me. You are still going to love your baby, right? Just pray and trust.

bnicoleh |

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From the sound of most answers here, people will do whatevere gives them the outcome they want. If they don't want to hear any possibilty of complications, they shouldn't do it becuase they don't want to worry about it or alter their decision about their child. Those that want to be better informed about thier childs condition should get the test so that they can better prepare themselves or to have the possibilty to make a decision about possible complications. There is definitely no black or white answer here, but I personally feel it is nice to be in the know. If you were to come up with undesireable results, it wouldn't hurt to get another opinion or to maybe find a support group of those who have faced the same situation. Either way, you have options and resources.

bomilli |

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This is such a personal decision and one that I struggled with. I am scheduled for mine next week at 12 weeks 4 days....and have decided to cancel. My doctor told me to think about what exactly I would do with the info if I found out. Would I consider an amnio? Would I consider terminating my pregnancy? The answer to both for me and my husband is no. She also stressed the likelihood of a positive result being false...and I just don't think it's worth the stress if the test isn't very accurate. I had a friend get great results and ended up having a baby with downs syndrome. So, the test is far from being full proof. Plus, nothing they test for can be fixed in the womb. Another friend of mine had this test done and got a false positive. She had to go see a genetic specialist and could not get in for 5 days. She spent those 5 days hysterically crying and put unneeded stress on her baby thinking something was wrong. The genetic specialist did further testing and ruled out any issues. She said she would NEVER go through with the testing again because it caused so much pain and anxiety and ruined her pregnancy. For this reason, I am declining.

LinzeeUGA |

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I just had my NT done today, at 13 weeks. The doctor said from what she could see, things were good but that it would take a week to 10 days before Id get the results. I am not concerned either way those go, but I can understand people ruling about wanting or not wanting to do it. The babys father and I both decided to have the test because it was not diagnostic....we decided that IF they did show there was a chance for abnormalities, we would NOT persue the matter any further. We would know the risk but we would love the child no matter what and would not want to worry for months on end because it wouldnt matter once he or she is born. Oh, and they did mine in 2d and in 4d, due to the fact that my sweetheart wouldnt turn over for anything lol.

ravenblue83 |

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I am 9 weeks and will have my first OB appointment at 10 weeks. I hadn't heard of the test before and I have previously had 3 children. If my insurance will pay for it and the Dr tells me I need it which I'm sure he will because I'm 35 I will have it. I will however not have the amniocentesis if it comes back positive. I miscarried my last 3 babies and I won't risk doing anything that might make me miscarry. I will just take the test results and hope for the best but also prepare for the worst and study up on taking care of a child with a disability. I worked OB and I know that test can be wrong and that with babies you never know until they make their grand entrance into this world what they will be like. Its no different to me then someone thats told they are having a boy and out comes a girl. Same thing can happen with this test too.

CHRISTINEWESTERMAN |

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I am 12 weeks and passing on the test. I have many friends who have had the test done and results come back abnormal. Then more testing shows baby is fine, or when baby is born baby is fine. Why put yourself through the stress if it is not absolutely necessary...

stephyryan090608 |

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I am 25 years old and 6 weeks pregnant with my 2nd pregnancy. I became pregnant August 2008 and my OB discussed this test with me but talked me out of it because i was really young and in great health. Needless to say at 18w during my routine unltrasound they called me back in for a fetal assessment. During my fetal assessment they did an amniocentesis and results came back with with the results that my little girl had downsyndrome and major heart issues, doctor told me that the baby would probably not make it to full term and that we had options but we prepared for life with a child with a disability but unfortunately at 22w her heart stopped and she passed. It has taken me over a year to summond up the courage to try again and even though i am terrified of something happening again, i am 6 weeks pregnant and will be taking every test they throw at me just so we can prepare ourselves. Downsyndrome doesn't happen to just women over the age of 35 as my doctor had convinced me the first time. I'd rather have the time to prepare myself than not know and if it does turn out to be a false alarm at least i know i had done everything.

Dawn-Rosemary |

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I agree with stephryan...I too know someone who stressed over abnormal results for her whole pregnancy and had a perfectly normal baby! also, there is no guarantee that a normal result will mean a "normal" baby. I just do not think it's worth it. I am 35 (considered high risk) but still passing.

jenszy |

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I am 10 weeks and go back to the dr for my 12th wk. My husband and i decided to not have the test done. We will love our child no matter what. I know how I am and how i react, if the tests came back abnormal it would be putting major stress on me and the baby. I think everyone is different, and if i didnt get stressed easy i might do it but this is my choice and its whats best for us. Good luck to all that have it done.

mbsuttles |

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My Mom said the exact thing that the customer service rep said in the third comment, about abortion. I cried and we got in a huge fight, and I just STILL can't believe she'd say that! We wanted the pictures, and honestly the knowledge. If we are having a child with a disabilty or defect, we will love them just as much if not more than a baby that's perfectly healthy. We won't get another sono until 20 weeks, and so we just wanted to see the baby. However, I would stress if I decided not to do it, and then regret it, because you can't to this sono after 13 weeks. I'd rather know and be able to prepare personally and functionally for the baby to have the best care possible from the moment of birth. IF there is something 'wrong', it's my responsibility to do whatever I can to ensure his/her care. Maybe I feel differently because when I was little, I knew a lady whose daughter and her husband and son had a baby girl born without a brain. She knew from early on that the baby only had a brain stem, but she decided to have her anyway. She sat and held her and sang to her and loved her for 4 hrs, until she passed. She cried to talk about it, but she smiled and said she knew that the baby girl knew only love in her short life, and she would have never traded those few hours with her daughter in exchange for not having to bear her loss. THAT is LOVE. and I'd pray and hope I would be strong enough to do the same, but know I couldn't if I wasn't prepared. So even if it's just a picture and good results, it's worth it to us.

shabbyplum |

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I'm dissapointed that people feel that they would abort if a child had Down syndrome. Whether you believe in abortion or not, aborting a child because you decide that it's life is not worth living is practicing eugenics. We used to force minority groups into this same practice because we thought their babies weren't worth being born. We now know how horrifically unethical that is, but for some reason we have not extended these same basic human rights to people with Down syndrome. Some of the people who posted before obviously are not familiar with the current trends in the lives of people with Down syndrome. Now that they are SLOWLY gaining the same rights that the rest of us have enjoyed for years, their average life span keeps going up and up (which of course it would now that we are allowing them the health care we all enjoy, and teaching them the same basic health care options so they can take care of themselves, like we all have been taught about) People with Downs now live on their own, hold full-filling jobs, go to college, address congress and the U.N., and marry. They are only held back by our own misguided and uneducated (and outdated) opinions. If you wouldn't have an abortion because the baby is not the gender you wanted, or the height, or was missing a finger or two, than why is it okay to have an abortion because you are having a baby with Downs? Probably one of the only aspects of Nazi medicine we've decided to keep around.

openarmmassage |

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I am 24 and in my 13th week of my 1st pregnancy. I just found out about this test. I want to be as prepared as possible. There is no history of any abnormality like down syndrome or retardation or any genetic disorder at all in my family. Should I still get this screening done? Can I when I am already at 13 weeks?

sky0cries0mary |

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I guess everyone has a different take on this. I am a very healthy person with no history of disabilities in my or my DH's past. I don't want to get this done, because I don't think it's necessary... what do you think? If, god forbid, there is something wrong, there is not a lot besides worry you can do beforehand. I for one do not need any additional worry.

rkgreene111 |

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I have my appointment next week. Will I get to hear the heartbeat during the ultrasound? I haven't heard it yet and I'm DYING to!

Mon715 |

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to Mon715... I had mine last week and I did get to hear the heartbeat as well as see the baby. It was amazing!! The baby was being stubborn though and would not get in a position where they could see the back of the neck. So I go back tomorrow to try again-I'm just excited to see baby again and get more pics,etc! :)

honeychild617 |

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I think I too am going to pass...I don't want to stress myself out if the results come back negative...I heard many negatives resulting in the cvs tests that follow...amniotic fluid leaking, miscarriages and early biths.

littlelockup |

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The selling point for us was, the test does not just indicate Downs or the other common things. This test can also indicate that something could be wrong with the baby's heart. They MIGHT be able to do surgery if necessary, but mostly, they will be prepared at the birth with an extra specialist if needed.

lindsaylinder |

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The way I look at it is its a way to see your baby before it is here. It is painless and most insurances cover it. This is my 4th child and I look forward to this test every time because i get to see how my baby is growing. I will take my child regardless of how God gives it to me, every child is a blessing. When they do this ultrasound it is too early in the pregnancy to feel that baby moving, so I love this test cause thats when it actually hits me that I'm going to be a mom again.

achurchward1986 |

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TO MOM715: With my pregnancies I don't get to hear the heartbeats til close to my third month due to a tilted uterus. It tips towards my back. But even if you don't get to hear the heartbeat you will definitally get to see the heart beating.

achurchward1986 |

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I understand when people state that they will love their child no matter what, so they are not getting the NT test. However, I just had it done for this same reason! I feel I already love this little life and wanted to know as much as I could about it. If my child was born and they told me there is a possibility of a huge problem in the near future, I wouldn't just say "Oh well, nothing I can do about it now". I would prepare as much as I could to help that child, as well as keep my sanity. For people like me, not knowing can be extremely stressful.

Bluescarf |

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My husband and i have decided that if it's covered by my insurance we will have this test done but even if the results come back that we may have a downs baby, we will do no further testing. I will NOT lose my baby because of some stupid test. Downs or any other illness this baby WILL be born healthy and happy. I will most certainly see to that with good prenatal care and by me being as healthy as possible. I am glad all those dangerous tests are optional- I'm a control freak especially with my body so no needles!

AHeien |

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My husband doesn't think any of these tests are nesscesary,but i leaving the decision up to me. I have two children already and the youngest one is hard of hearing, which these tests can't detect anyway. I love her so much and she is such a perfect joy. I think that I will have these tests not because of ever aborting but because it would be nice to know and educate myself on anything so we can be prepared and excited when the baby s born (versus finding something wrong at birth and grieving the probem). When at birth we found out that my other baby was hard of hearing there was a rie time of grieving because everyone expects a perfect baby. It is always a personal dcision to screen for anything,but I just want to be prepared because no matter what I will love my baby.

kivuvu83 |

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March 2010 I was given the option to have this screening done and I thought, why not.. So I have the ultrasound and blood work done. Mid April I was asked to come in to see a genetic counselor because my levels were off. For my age I should have tested 1 in 3000 for t-18. My levels came back 1 in 56. They found it strange because the ultrasound did not find anything wrong. I was very upset talking to the counsler while she gave me options for an amnio. Flash forward to April 28, 2010 ( two days before my 30th birthday). I was in the ER with spotting and was told my baby no longer had a heart beat. I lost my baby at 16 weeks 6 days. Now Oct 2010 and I am 6 weeks pregnant. My Dr. has asked if I want to do the screening again and I am scared. I do so I know what to expect but I am scared to get the same news. I have 2 healthy kids (11 & 7). This was our second loss to heart failure. The Dr. who preformed my procedure said T-18 did not look like the factor. It came back inconclusive.

momie2yng |

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I totally support having this test done if it will give you peace of mind. However, if you would not terminate the pregnancy, keep in mind that the doctors can also detect problems later in the pregnancy. This means if you need special treatment due to down's (maybe a c-section) they will still know in time. I'm not planning on being tested because I know the later sonograms will reveal anything that could cause problems during delivery. You can verify this with your doctor, but this is what my doctor told me. I hope this is helpful if you are still deciding. Good luck!

melbersue |

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If it is blood work or ultrasound testing, then I am all for it. I am already a high risk pregnancy since I had my 1st born at 27 weeks. I don't want to do anything else that would add extra risks to my current pregnancy no matter how small the risks. With that being said I am going to relax and not worry so much about getting any tests done. For those who are getting it done, whether or not you would terminate a pregnancy based on the test results is no one's business but your own. No one is going to care for your child but you, so you use your own judgement and do what works for you. I had a hard time conceiving and I don't get upset on a woman making a decision that is right for her. Neither should anybody else for that matter. I'm neither pro-life or pro-choice. I just believe in the common sense of everyone minding their own business.

ChiGalore |

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SO well-put, openarmmassage! I agree 100%. What gives us the right to decide which child is "worthy" of life and which isn't? There is a reason for everything, and maybe, just maybe, a reason we are meant to carry and give birth to the child we have been given, no matter how WE judge their worth. We are not the authors of our own story...

KRMama |

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My Doctor offered this testing to me and I checked with my insurance and its covered so I figure if its covered by my insurance why not do it. I would never even imagine aborting because of a defect or downs but I would like to know if my baby is healthy and if its not, then I would like to know whats wrong so I can better plan for it. Either way, its 2 unltrasounds I get to see before I get any others.. so its worth it to me.

deftonesangels |

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The more info the better esp. if there is no risk to the baby. I don't anticipate anything being wrong but at the same time if the info is available to me, why not? My appt is next week and I'm just excited to see the baby again!

crazy_in_sc |

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I had my blood work done on Dec. 30th, going for the ultrasound on Jan. 24th. My son is autistic, but didn't have any testing done with him. So not sure if that would have even showed any way.

kcazteacher |

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we are going to skip this one too...we are both very safe genetically speaking

miraclemommy2011 |

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The doctor told my sister in law that my neice would have it and Thank God she has nothing wrong with her. I also have a coworker that was told there was something in the tests. therefore i refuse to take it, why add stress to such an amazing moment of your life? whether your child has down syndrome, autism or anything.. you will love him/her unconditionally either way. It is all in God's hands honestly. There is a reason for everything.

masria |

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I think I am going to skip this test. I agree that there is no need to add stress to this time and I just want to enjoy it! My daughter was born with a severe heart defect which was discovered through routine ultrasound at 20 weeks, so I will be having a fetal echo done at 15 weeks. I'm only going to do that because there is a possibility of being able to fix certain heart defects in utero before the baby is born, so it's worth knowing. Since we can't do anything medically to change genetic defects, I'd rather skip the test because my baby will be my baby no matter what and I'll love him/her! Good luck to everyone making your decision :-)

kelbel225 |

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I'd just like to give another voice to a minority opinion in this conversation: I would abort this pregnancy if I found out that the child was going to have significant birth defects. When I take this test, if anything is abnormal, I'll get an amnio to further investigate. My husband and I agree on this--this likelihood of us creating a baby with issues is very small, but if it happens, we don't want to carry it to term. Once I have my child I will deal with whatever issues come up and love and care for the child. However, I would definitely prefer not to have to dedicate the rest of my life to caring for a special needs child. If I find that out ahead of time, I'll consider it a blessing. I don't believe that there is a god in the sky that wants me to prostrate myself, but I do believe in the benefits of science.

lulumialu |

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I have a very good OB that informed me that the nuchal translucency screening is important IN CONJUNCTION with bloodwork called a quad screen. At that point, you have a lot of information available for the doctor to read. Make sure you choose a very intelligent doctor who has EXPERIENCE reading these tests. that will make a difference. I chose my doctor because he's older and also sits on educational boards at major universities. EXPERIENCE counts. If an amnio is needed there are SPECIALISTS who can perform these tests at a 1:400 risk of miscarriage as opposed to the common ratio of 1:250 when performed by regular docs. Make sure you choose good doctors!

lynnaswartz |

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I have Highmark for my insurance, and this test is covered in conjuntion with the bloodwork. The outcome doesnt much matter, we certainly wouldnt abort. I just want the extra ultrasound to see my little munchkin again!

Bizzo2B |

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I did my test and its on 2D, it looks pretty good. Close enough to a 3D.

almerju |

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I am 9w4d and scheduled for my NT test at 13 weeks. I am having the test like many others just to know since it is not an invasive test. I was told by my doctor I am at a higher risk of Down's because of my age(I'm 39) and pregnant with twins. Does anyone else know if this is true. No matter what the tests show we are keeping both our little miracles(we got pregnant through IVF)

ktsmeow |

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I would like to give my advise. If you are in your thirties or older I would recommand you to get the screening. I got some blood work taken to see if my baby has Down's and it came back normal. I am 38 and I wanted to be safe then sorry. I wouldn't pass it the screening or the blood work up for anything.

Cassie Hickam |

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I would never have this testing done! My aunt had all this testing done with her daughter, and ALL the different types of tests said that the baby would have SEVERE down syndrome. But, she was born and - surprise - NO down syndrome at ALL - she is PERFECT (and the most beautiful person in our family!) It is horrible that they give such erroneous diagnoses that they say are so close to being certain, but that are so inaccurate and totally wrong!!! Either way, the tests can only give a % chance likelihood either way (80% likely that baby does or does not have) - how stupid!!!. The overall 2% to 3% risk, (just the overall statistic) is the most accurate you will ever get, doesn't require any tests, and - yes is more accurate than an 80%-20% guess (which usually totally wrong anyway!) Everyone should be SO against these tests - they are ONLY a money-maker for doctors, hospitals, etc.

none654 |

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I have this test scheduled in August, when I'm 12wks. I don't get the 'risk' factor here? I am just getting blood drawn, and then getting an ultrasound...same thing that happened at my first appointment, only I will get to see how the baby is developing this time. I would understand if this was an amnio we were talking about, but the nuchal screening is very NON-invasive. And, mentioning the false positives, if you are under the 'age' of when Down's apparently starts to hit, then just remind yourself of that and remember that God would never give you something you can not handle. As for the other disorders, think of the test as God's way of letting you know your baby may be going back to him, and it's his way of preparing you for that.

nigelava |

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no not mine i havent had a 3d one

AnaBug11 |

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I just had the NT test yesterday and my doctor phoned me to give me "the straight up bad news" The nuchal fold looked beyond normal and abnormal thickness. When I examined the ultrasound photo the tech gave me I guess I have to agree....it does look very thick. I went from freaking out to pretty relaxed after I did my research on the NT test for the past 14 hours. Of course my husband and I feel anxious but my doctor's team set up an ultrasound 2 test at Woman and Infants hospital in Providence. They are a prenatal diagnostic center that specialize in detecting genetic abnormalities. I am looking forward to tomorrow and just taking the whole process ONE STEP AT A TIME...and I will keep all your positive comments with me. I will let you know what shakes out tomorrow.

NVLXXX |

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Hello All..just an update on my ultrasound 2 appointment today in Providence. It is not the nuchal translucency that is such a problem by the cystic hygroma that traps the lymphatic fluid behind the baby's neck. I will have a CVS tomorrow with the FISH test results on Monday afternoon...If that comes back clear then we worry about heart abnormalities, large bump on back of head, etc, etc...I am ripped apart inside. Anyone else out there with this scenario?

NVLXXX |

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We got preliminary results of CVS test. Not good: Trisomy 18 we have decided to terminate.

NVLXXX |

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Mine was done today and part of it was in 3D and the rest was just normal. It was awesome we had a blast!

WALKERLOVE4 |

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Yikes...I'm about to have the nuchal translucency test b/c I'm 36 & pregnant with twins. Something I read here completely opened my eyes to a possibility I had never considered. It was the comment about one person's friend having the false positive test result. Her Dr. actually suggested aborting but the baby, but it ended up being perfectly healthy after delivery. Can you imagine?!? It's worth a second thought if you are borderline on whether to/not to abort based on imperfect tests. You may beat yourself up with guilt for the rest of your life and over an enormous and unneccessary mistake... It makes me feel so awful to think about that possibility.

kparadies |

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I am 10 weeks pregnant and plan on having every test possible. I think that it is up to the mother and father to make an informed decision to carry on with a pregnancy if the baby has Downs. A child with special needs will consume the rest of your life. I work with special needs people every day and realize the sacrifices that families make to provide proper care for their Downs child. Others give them over to the state to care for, which places a financial burden on the community. I realize that people that are desperate for a child say that they would be blessed with whatever God gives them. Please remember that there are plenty of healthy children that need families.

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watson012 |

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I agree, I think you should get it done -not to determine wheter you want to terminate, but to have time to mentally, emotionally, and especially financially prepare. (:

proudyoungmommy17 |

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This may should shallow but if you are on the fence about the doing the test and know you would not abort anyway, just do the test so that you can get the ultrasound and see your baby. I got to see my baby moving around for about 10 minutes. This was one of my longest ultrasounds and it was so amazing. I wish I could stay there all day and just watch my baby.

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Had my NT screening on October 5th. Sono tech said it was a "Textbook Sonogram" and everything looked great, but I'd need to wait on the blood test for the definitive results. Most friends/family I know who've had this test got their results in 4-7 days.... It's been over a week and still nothing! I called and my doctor said it'll be a few WEEKS. Is this normal?? Has anyone else had to wait SO LONG for results??

classicsweetie84 |

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I am pregnant with our 3rd child, i will be having this screening on the 28th.....with our first child the test came back positive for spina bifida, i was devasted, my mother questioned my faith! The Genetics Institute did an ultrasound and my son was perfectly fine, there was no need to do an amnio.....BUT after i felt very very NIEVE and uneducated...as some of you sound, because i found out that HAD my child had Spina Bifida, it could have been corrected during my pregnancy.......so research ladies! Let's not be scared and although i TOO would love my child and thought if this is GOD's will I'll do it.....NOW i think that PLUS.....my child may not suffer as much if i know ahead of time and especially if theres a corrective procedure! Good luck to all of us and all of our babies!

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Tim Robbin |

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Ours was not in 3D.

tampatasha |

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My hubby and I talked about this and since we don't ever want to abort, but we do want to be prepared, we opted to get the screening at the same time as our ultrasound and opt not to do the more invasive procedures. We'll be prepared for the worst if it is probable and we will be knowlegeable at worst if baby is healthy, but don't want to add to the possibility of complications with the more invasive procedures.

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LauraDi |

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I read al these posts and most seem very judgemental, we have freedome of choice in this country. Not everyone can handle a down syndrome child and its not like ADHD. My son has ADHD and can live a normal life to comapre the two is unfair. All I am saying is if you wouldn't consider an abortion that's your choice if someone else doesn't want to take the road of raising a child with DS that's their right and nobody should be judging and I see so much judging on here and talk about god's plans. Nobody knows gods plans because only he does. I am disspointed in this site and have heard it was judgemental but decided to give it a chance, my mistake. Seriously if you want a kid with DS good luck to you but not everyone here is a saint you can devote their life to caring for a sick sick child.

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watson012 |

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I worked in an ob/gyn office for a while and my opinion of this test has been shaped by what I have seen several hundreds of times. Yes it can be helpful but for the most part it puts stress on you and your significant other. Also, a lot of times the tests are false postive which in my opinion is an unnecessary amount if worry. I declined the test with both of my pregnancies. Everyone should get to enjoy their pregnancy there is plenty of other things to worry about.

aepaulin221 |

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I made my 10 week apt per my doc's recommendation but I will technically be 9 weeks 5 days on that date. Should I move the appointment later? Does it matter for this screening?

sjsteinb100 |

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Okay my Dr has never even mentioned this test at all. I have another apt on my 14 weeks so we will see. I have already been twice all the said both times was its to early to do anything but ultra sound that was done at 8 weeks. Went for checkup at 6 and 10 weeks.should I been worried orchange drs becuse lack of information

stroud09 |

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My husband and I were not planning on doing this test because either way, it made no difference to us whether or not our baby had downs syndrome. But when I spoke to my aunt (an L&D nurse) she told me that she highly recommended we do the test because the special ultrasound picks up things that a regular one doesn't. it can pick up whether or not the baby has spinal bifida (and that can now be fixed in utero) and it also picks up some heart defects that, while can't be fixed in utero, will give you a head start on working with cardiologists so the problems can be addressed as soon as the baby is born.

OpalescentFire |

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I am 28 years old and am 13 weeks into my first pregnancy. My husband and I are both healthy non-smokers and have no risk factors or genetic conditions on either side. In sum, I was one of those people that probably didn't need to have this screening done. However, I chose to have the nuchal translucency screening and I'm very glad I did. My free beta hCG and PAPP-A levels came back extremely low, making the risk of our baby having Trisomy 13/18 a 1 in 7 chance. I'm waiting for the results of the CVS testing we had done to confirm whether the baby does or does not have either of these genetic conditions. I should note that these genetic conditions are not caused by environment or diet, and tend to be a fluke chromosomal abnormality in the specific egg or sperm. Its incredibly scary, but at least if we find out that the baby has one of these conditions, we'll have the opportunity to discuss terminating the pregnancy. I believe everyone should make their own decisions regarding this test, but I do want it to be known that in some cases, even when everything looks and feels normal, it may not be. Just be informed and consider all your options.

rhs224 |

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AND, if I could just point out to clear up confusion, all this screening does is identify your risk level. If you are at a significant risk based on the test, they will offer you further procedures, such as ultrasounds, CVS and amnio, to determine whether your child actually has any of these conditions. Its a matter of screening your risk first with non-invasive options like the nuchal transluceny, and only then moving on to the more invasive options where necessary based on your risk results. Thus, even though the risk of our baby having Trisomy 13 or 18 is abnormally high, it is entirely probably that the CVS results could come back showing our baby does not actually have this condition. On the other hand, if it does come back positive for Trisomy 13 or 18, we are then in a position to discuss our options regarding whether to carry on with the pregnancy.

rhs224 |

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Praying that all goes well for you and the CVS gives you good results.

dawn110212 |

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To Jenniferjen4: I don't recall anyone saying they WANTED a child with DS. They are simply saying they won't love their child any less. I agree, everyone is entitled to their right to choose. Most people deep rooted in some type of faith believe that all things happen for a reason, myself being one of them. If you aren't religious or spiritual, then of course your view is going to be entirely different and there is nothing wrong with that. I feel this site has people that are more faith filled than they are judgemental. I hope all of you moms that are expecting have wonderful pregnancies with healthy babies and to the moms that have suffered loss, my prayers are with you and your families!

loricakes4u |

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Here in Canada the NT scan is standard and covered by healthcare for older moms to be (i'm 37). I suppose you have the right to refuse it, but i won't be. if the results come back with a higher risk for genetic diseases we'll figure out whether to do CV or Amnio. From what i've read, the risks of miscarriage with either of these tests is pretty low. if we get a positive for genetic diseases DH and i have decided we'll seriously consider our options at that point. i think the more information we have the better. life is pretty hard even without a disability, so we'll weigh it all pretty carefully should we get a positive result for DS or Tri 18.

vlevitt |

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I am getting the NT for my twins. I have worked extensively with DS kids as a special needs teacher and although I cherish my students and their accomplishments and advocate for their rights to a full life, I also know that I am not the right person to parent such a child. It is intensely, tremendously hard work to care for a special needs child. For my family, the right decision would be to terminate the pregnancy. I would feel intensely sad, but also sure that that is the best choice for us.

Sunglow28 |

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I am 38 (going to be 39 in Aug) years old. I am now 7.5 weeks pregnant with everything going well so far. I have had over a dozen miscarriages in the past, 6 within the last 2 years on fertility meds. DH and I made the conscious decision last Oct to stop trying to get pregnant after my last miscarriage. and SURPRISE, I'm pregnant on my own. I know a friend who had the NT scan with her first 2 children and her tests came back positive for downs for both girls and they are both downs free and perfectly fine. She opted not to have the test with her son, he's perfect also! I know with my age I am at higher risk for such disabilities, however I believe God doesn't give you anything you can't handle. My DH and I have talked extensively about this and have decided neither of us is concerned with the results, so it would be pointless for us, with the exception of being able to see my little one an extra time via ultrasound. I think this is a personal decision and each of us knows what is best for ourselves and our family's. Good luck to everyone =0)

photogirlie821 |

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I am 37 years old and expecting my first baby, my husband and I are so excited!! My doctor scheduled me for the NT test however she didn't asked if we wanted to have this done, I thought it was something I had to do but after reading all your comments it seems this is a optional test.

Lulete |

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I had one done and it was totally painless. There is alot of anxiety built up behind the exam.

lewisk09 |

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Did they print out any ultrasound pictures for you to take home or did they just do the measurements?

luvthemcgraws |

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I agree with those who say they want to have it done not to terminate but to know. Bringing a child with special needs into the world is a lot of work and each kind of special needs brings different challenges. I want to know if what, if any special needs my child is going to have so I can be as prepared as possible when it's born. As someone said, there is a 5% chance of being wrong but I'd rather be extra prepared.

jessicamused |

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I had mine done about a week ago. They combined my ultrasound with a serum test to check my blood for abnormalities also. The ultrasound was cool and we got a first peek at our little bundle. The blood test was a finger prick and they use about 3 drops of blood to make a finger print. But they do it like 6-7 times. There's a sheet you have to place the "blood fingerprints" on. That was a little painful because she kept squeezing my finger and that one little prick to get enough blood for 6 fingerprints. Sheesh! Anyway, it was worth it. I haven't received my results yet, but I'm sure all will be well.

traneshaph |

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What about if you know your child is at risk for a genetic defect other than Downs? I am risking passing on a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

jyoung630 |

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This screening test has a 5% rate of positive results, and only 1% represent babies with actual disorders. What this means is that 80% of the women who have an alarming result will have worried (and possibly sought other, invasive diagnostic tests that carry risks of miscarriage) for no reason. Without the test, if you are of average risk in your mid-30s, you have about a 99% likelihood of having a healthy baby; even if the test is "positive," you are still 80% likely to have a healthy baby. The screening test doesn't tell you very much--only that you may want to pursue more testing (but that can be risky and in 80% of cases will have proven unnecessary).

trfw3 |

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I recently went through what I now realize should be called The Nuchal Translucency Scare. My blood test was positive while my ultrasound was excellent, just a 1.6 measurement. I have read countless postings of women who were given false positives and go through days and weeks of heartache and then feel they have to take the risk of a 1:300 chance of miscarriage with a CVS or amnio test to confirm or rule out. I have seen false positive rates of 5% (what the doctors will tell you) to 80%. I HIGHLY recommend forgoing this test and taking the Harmony test instead. It has been on the market for 8 months now, and is non invasive requiring only a blood test. IT IS 99.9% ACCURATE and blows away the NT test for this reason and makes the need for a CVS or amnio follow-up unnecessary. Our clinic unfortunately seemed to be motivated more by the fact that they receive more money for the NT screening process than for Harmony. We had to work hard to get information from them but luckily was able to get this test. So relieved to go from 1:38 chance to a 1:10,000!!!!

MamaSyd |

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I just had my test done today, mostly because I am a 40 years old first time mother and therefore at a higher risk for Down's. I was feeling kind of iffy about it, until I got to see how much our baby has grown since it was a tiny little bean last time we saw it at week 7! We got to see it wiggle around and the whole experience was pretty amazing!!! Keeping our fingers crossed that everything comes out normal but in the mean time I am just staring all day at the pictures of my baby that the Dr. sent home with me!!:)

nness200 |

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I had this test at 11 weeks because I was anxious about the pregnancy (no real reason this is just my first pregnancy) and if I'm honest I just wanted another ultrasound. My insurance covered it. I had an ultrasound and bloodwork. The ultrasound had to be done at a specialist. They used 2 different transducers, one that did a standard ultrasound and one that did 3D images. I wasn't crazy about the 3D at that ultrasound as he looked like an alien. It was very reassuring for me to see my baby and that he was moving. I was given odds of 1 in 10,000 for trisomy 18 and 1 in 1,000 for Downs which is typical for my age (28). If insurance will cover it with the next pregnancy I will do it again as it gave me great peace of mind.

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Q&A: Nuchal translucency screening?

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Q&A: Nuchal translucency screening?

HI ladies. I am a little over 11 weeks and my Dr. talked about this test. She is a doc who is always trying to learn more so encouraged us to do the test not out of concern but out of her desire to continue learning. However, I am having some anxiety about the test just because we all want the happy healthy baby. Is anyone else about to do the test and dealing with some anxiety?

mandpw2010 |

Q&A: Nuchal translucency screening?

I am having the test done because our hospital does not have NICU and we have to be flown out after the baby was born if something was wrong. It will be November 4 ( yes I have a date via C Section ) and weather might not let us fly out. Therefore I want to be on the safe side and deliver elsewhere if needed, praying not though.

JoJoB2013 |

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Everyone has different perspectives, concerns, just like everyone might have a different religion. And their decision should have nothing to do with how much the parent desperately want a baby. I find it really unnecessary to judge other people's decisions, especially when this forum is designed for us to help each other, not judge each other. I personally believe knowledge is power, it's always good to find out as much as you can and be prepared.

amangoaday |

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I has the test done at about 11 weeks. Both the sonogram (NT measurement was a 6) and blood work came back abnormal. I was given a 1 in 24 chance of having a baby with DS or another abnormality. Went for CVS, that came back normal, fetal echo-cardio came back normal for heart defects, 2nd in-depth round of chromosome tests came back normal. Baby was born healthy, he's now a normal 2 1/2 year old, even has advanced language development. I was stressed for nothing.

LisaMarieDe |

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as pp said, the scan and blood is only an estimation. my midwife told me of a woman with a 1in2 chance of downs, and it came out fine. imagine if she had the amnio which caused miscarriage, the guilt she would feel for rest of life? each to their own but to me these are just more ways to make older women feel bad for having children late.

espirit77 |

Q&A: Nuchal translucency screening?

i have decided to go ahead with the test after some back and forth. my reasoning is that knowledge is power. and with something as complex potentially as bringing new life into the world, why not take advantage of the technology that can help us make informed choices.

espirit77 |

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This is just a screening and does NOT tell you if the fetus definitely has a birth defect. Only a diagnostic test (amnio or CVS)can tell with 98% certainly whether the baby has a serious genetic abnormality. However the diagnostic tests do carry a slight chance of miscarriage. DH and I met with a genetics counselor this week and learned about different types of screening and diagnostic tests, as well as the probability I would bear a child with a genetic defect given my age at delivery. I highly recommend meeting with a genetics counselor so that you can learn about what can and cannot be screened/diagnosed in utero. Some of the genetic abnormalities make it so that the baby wouldn't live past about one year of age. Some don't seem too bad to me (e.g., sex chromosome abnormalities). Any parent will love their child no matter what. It's horrible that some people insinuate otherwise. Having a child with significant mental retardation (a corresponding symptom of many of the genetic abnormalities screened for) is a huge undertaking and not everyone can handle it. Don't judge people for knowing what they can and cannot handle and for making life decisions accordingly. Comparing downs syndrome to ADHD or a learning disability is absurd. I work in special education and my parents of children with ADHD and LD don't have it easy by any means, but the parents of my students with more intensive needs (low functioning autism, intellectual disabilities, and downs) struggle more every single day. Again, this life is not for everyone, so do not judge those who know its more than they can handle.

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