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Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

What exactly do diagnostic tests like CVS and amniocentesis look for? Do I need to have these tests?

Re: What exactly do diagnostic tests like CVS and amniocentesis look for? Do I need to have these tests?

The Bump Expert

Both amniocentesis and CVS (chorionic villussampling) are diagnostic tests for chromosomal and genetic disorders such as Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis. Amnio also can detect neural tube defects such as spina bifida. About two or three of every hundred babies is born with such a defect, and most occur in the first three months of gestation. Because of the slightly increased miscarriage risk (more about this later), neither test is offered routinely. But, if your baby is at increased risk of chromosomal or genetic defects or earlier screenings suggest potential problems, expect to discuss the option of testing with your doc.

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

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

Our doctor said there is a risk involved with an amniocentesis. I think we're going to avoid it.

mdurwin |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

My husband and I have decided against prenatal testing outside of U/S. We're low-risk for genetic factors and have had healthy children. We also have no intention of ending the pregnancy over a problem with our child and don't feel like it is worth the risk of miscarriage or that I need to be poked at anymore! :)

kc28wa |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

When do I need to have these tests? I would like to have them.

WeddingInGreece2008 |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

With my 1st child and with this pregnancy, I will not have the testing done. My family is totally pro-life and no matter what the tests said, our pro-life decisions would not change, one bit. Every chile is a blessing from God!

Blessed by God! |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

I think CVS is only necessary if you are high risk. I would still do the first trimester and second trimester screening though (even if you are not high risk). I am planning on sequential screening. That gives a result after the first trimester screening with NT and blood work.We don't have any known family risks, but just knowing will be helpful. A lot of people think "why test if you are not going to do anything about it", but I would do something. I would not terminate, but I would prepare myself with knowledge and help in my community to bring a special needs child into the world.

jjbalady |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

I completely agree with Blessed by God!'s comment! The CVS/amnio tests are not nessecary! They carry a lot of risks to the baby. Why would you put yourself and your baby through that? If God forbid there is something wrong what difference will it make? You will still love that baby with all your heart and soul.

Ceci_Momma |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

Special needs children require a lot of extra care and money. This continues well into adulthood. Some people do not have the financial stability to take care of a child for 50 years. It also takes so much strength for parents to do this. Down syndrome is not just mental; most children with down syndrome also have problems that put them in pain and force them to have surgeries. I don't think I could handle knowing that I could have stopped my child from being in pain. However, I don't think I will get the CVS/amnio because I am young enough to not have much of a risk.

jexxie |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

Great feed back! I'm going around and around on this one. We are high risk (paternal mental retardation) but know that we wouldn't terminate the pregnancy regardless. Jexxie is dead on about the responsibility and cost of special needs (we know first hand from my sister in law). It's hard to weigh the the benefit of being able to prepare ourselves both mentally and financially before the baby arrives against the risk of miscarriage. So... no final decision yet.

aubsak |

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I had an amnio with my first pregnancy and I will never do it again. There are other ways. I am having a 3D ultra sound done this time to test for chromosomal defects and abnormalities . When I had the amnio done, not only was it extremely painful but I was terrified by the 7 inch needle. They also hit my son with the end of the needle on the arm and he jumped so harm that it scratched him. I WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN!!! NEVER!

jssinklb |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

My fiance and I are considering the tests. I am unsure of the risks in our genes but we feel in the situation we are in, it would be best to know and if needed, be prepared. My Mom runs a company that does day/night excursions and events for disabled ppl from DS to MS to Autism. We know the costs and life changes that accompany disabled children. I think it would both beneficial for our child and for us as parents to know.

TeamTejeda |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

These tests are available not just for you to make a abortion decision, if something may be wrong. You need to be prepared if there is such a problem. Having a child with a disability will take special precautions you need to prepare for long before you bring your baby home. Consider the welfare of your child, and make the right decision.

acg92207 |

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Is CVS necessary? This is my 3rd child. My other children are healthy and I'm still very young. I don't have insuance and must pay for everything up front. I was told these tests are extremely expensive. Any advice?

Sanderson0506 |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

OK! I NEED HELP! I just posted a question about CVS and how I have no insurance and must pay for EVERYTHING! Neither myself or my husband have insurance through our work, and medicaid denied us due to "high income" which our income really isn't that high. No individual ins. company's will take me b/c of "pre-existing pregnancy" Any advice? This situation has put A LOT of stress on me. PLEASE HELP!

Sanderson0506 |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

I guess I would talk to your doctor about whether or not you should have those extra tests done. If they think that you are in fine health, and there is no history of any of these disabilities in your past, then she may tell you to forgo it, I don't know. I would relax at the moment, you aren't doing yourself any favors by getting worked up about this!! :)

OSUtiff |

re: Q: Why CVS/amnio?

One other comment in regards to why you would want to know...my doctor mentioned that it is important for the hospital to know before you give birth so that they can have the right people of staff for your delivery. Many downs babies have cardiac problems and it is good to have a specialist on immediately after birth...so it is not only to be mentally prepared as parents, but for the hospitals to be able to give your baby the best care possible.

ms.andrea |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Me and my husband just found out we have to do a cvs test bc of extra liqiuid that maybe in the babies neck.......i rather find out now if there is something wrong with the baby! I am keepin my child no matter what...I just want to be prepared and I am also pro-life-I'm catholic! Miscarriage is 1/2000 it is rare, just like down symdrome like my baby may have. We are both healthly and never did drugs...I just don't undersand...I'm so upset-never had anything wrong wit me, even conceiving!

phantomgirlie15 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Having the tests is you and the baby's father decision, no one else's. The way my doctor explained is that about 50% of women at age 30 get the tests so they can be as informed as they can be. The other 50% do not get the tests because the tests will not show you 100% that there is something wrong, and the decision to terminate the pregnancy is then a gamble.

alhartt |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My husband and I think there is just too much risk involved and besides we will love this baby no matter what!!

Tamtam1014 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I have to agree with a few of the previous comments, if you are t high risk, having the test done will help not only you, but your doctors and hospital be prepared for the birth. I know I would feel a lot better if there were the right type of doctors on hand in that case

bobswife417 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I'm not sure I'd go as far as the amnio, but the CVS test is a simple blood test. I was not planning to have this test done, but when I went to the doctor, he explained it as, if you find out your child has Downs Syndrome or Cystic Fibrosis, you can plan for it. There are a lot of resources/support groups that can provide a lot of information so that you are better prepared when the baby arrives.

KristinB2009 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am 11 weeks pregnant with twins. My doctor suggested I have a nuchal translucency test done. She explained it is not painful like the Amnio or CVS and doesn't carry the risk that those test do. If I had to do a CVS or an Amnio I would pass on it because of the risks, but this nuchal translucency test sounds ok. Even if they found something wrong with the babies I would never choose to abort, but it is nice to know what to expect.

lillove7 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Who CARES?! No matter what the child looks like or acts like - we're welcoming him/her as a gift from God... special needs or not! Children are such precious gifs! Who are we to say whether or not they deserve to live?? I understand the desire to be prepared for what's coming, but a mom and dad can be alerted of abnormalities later on in pregnancy through less-risky procedures through mere observation and simpler testing. This question should be removed from the checklist...

mkroupa |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

we're entirely pro-life as well, but we're scheduled to have an amino done next week because we're mid risk. i think it's important that as parents, we do everything possible to prepare for our baby before his/her arrival. special needs children need a lot of extra care and support and being completely unprepared and uneducated about the resources out there that could potentially help our baby in the future is just not something i'm okay with. i think the better informed we are, the better we can prepare and help our little one, should we find anything "wrong" from the amnio..

jpkim33 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Problem is it only give you a probability that there might be something wrong. I don't need to worry that there MIGHT be a problem. My husband and I are strong we can handle a problem when it is clearly laid on the table and the matter of "possibly" is put to the side. My step sister was told by three doctors to abort her daughter because there was a high probablity that something was wrong. She went with her gut and when her daughter was born she was a perfectly healthy baby.

jennifermstjohn |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

how about sequential screening? is that different testing?

EllePost |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I had CVS done last week (11th week), as I am 40 and either CVS or amnio is recommended if you are concerned with birth defects for those 35 or over. And I think it's important for people to know about it as an option for testing, as not everyone feels that having a child with severe birth defects is something they can handle. The advantage of CVS is it is done far earlier in the pregnancy than amnio (which you can't have till I think around 16 to 18 weeks) so that if there's a problem you know months earlier. It really wasn't bad at all. So beware of all the horror stories. But of course you should only go to one of the top docs, as otherwise it is riskier for miscarriage than amnio. Dr. John Williams at Cedar-Sinai in Los Angeles is who I used. He's the top doc among 5 in the country who has done over 20,000 of the procedures. The risk of miscarriage with him is the same as amnio and far below the national average quoted everywhere. Waiting for the results....

alisonhs |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I care! If my baby was found to have Down's, I would terminate. I think it's irresponsible to bring a child into the world knowing they will require lifelong care. However, that is just my opinion, and I respect the opinions of other people. After all, it's your body and your baby.

pcakers |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I just had my first visit with my Doctor and she mentioned about this prescreening test. It was based on an ultrasound and blood work and is conducted at about 10 weeks. My Brother and Sister in law had this done with my neice, the test came back showing some markers for down syndrome- they were very upset and stressed out until they recieved the results of the amnio. Turns out the first test was false and in fact the baby was perfectly healthy. Apparently these tests frequently have false results, knowing that I am not going to bother with the test. Just my thoughts....

Tulips21 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I understand that having these tests done are both a sensitive and personal decision. However, as this is my first pregnancy, I appreciate that this website has all of this information available and don't think it should be taken off the checklist. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and shouldn't be judged for their decisions. Not everyone believes in god or religion and this isn't a religious-based website.

nicole9791 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I hate to say it, but a few months during pregnancy is not going to prepare you for the roller coaster of raising a child with a disability. Nothing can prepare you for that except personal experience. I don't believe in this testing. If you find out something is wrong with the baby, all you do is worry for the next several months, and that's not good for you or the baby. You just have to take life as it comes. Be prepared and learn about possible difficulties, and if your baby is born normal, then great, and if your baby is born with a problem, then you have the knowledge to understand the issues. But nothing will really prepare you for all you'll go through with a disabled child. It is wonderful and heartbreaking all at once, but I wouldn't have it any other way. All children, including those with disabilities, are unique and wonderful, and you will love and cherish that baby no matter what. Every baby deserves a chance to live.

MTClaire |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I agree with the posters about our child being a gift from God and would never terminate for any reason. I work with special needs children and can imagine how hard it would be to raise one but they are so lovable and add so much to life. I pray that I won't know this hardship, but if I do, I have no doubt that we will love him or her with all our heart anyway. Plus, my doctor said there's a chance of a false positive and I would not want the added anxiety if it were untrue that the child had special needs.

jgoetz1 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

We have decided against having CVS/amniocentesis testing due to the fact that my pregancy is already high risk and wouldn't want to do anything invasive that could jeopordize the life of my unborn baby. Our feelings are that the only reason to get testing would be to make necessary preparations and training on how to care for our special needs child. We will be able to love this baby no matter what guided with the strength of God

boopbabs |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I had the amnio test done with my first son through my blood and will again with this baby. My husbands uncle had down syndrome and we just wanted to know whether we would have to prepare extra things before the baby came or not. My son did not end up with it and we would have never terminated our pregnancy becuse of it, but we were just taking extra precautions because it is a lot harder to take care of somebody that has down syndrome.

evansmom1 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I have a question. Is there a difference between "screening" and "testing"? Isn't there an initial blood test done for both the CVS and Amnio? I was faced with the question of these tests during my first prenatal appt and my husband and I have talked about this as thoroughly as possible. The ifs ands and buts...its scary but necessary. I am willing to do the blood tests but anything else invasive is out. I'm high risk (I am type 2 diabetic) as it is and had hard enough time TTC - I don't want to risk a miscarriage no matter how low those numbers are. This is definitely a personal decision and I respect everyone's opinion if they chose to or not, to terminate because of whatever or not. Only you and your partner know what you can and cannot handle. God Bless.

LOVIE2 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Even though im still young, I've decided against the amnio cuz im only under risk for hair lip cleft palllet. i dont believe the risk are worth it for the amnio.

Mama92 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Me and my husband agreed to an ultrasound that would allow us to know if our baby had downs or some sort of birth defect. Is this the same thing as the CVS and Amino testing. My doctor didnt say anything about any risks. We will for sure keep the baby no matter what we just wanted to be prepared in case something could be wrong. Im only 11weeks and I agreed to this ultrasound when I was only 5 weeks and if I remember correctly it was something they would in my 6 or 7 month.

Dancer86 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

what ever god gives you he knows you can handle it.no matter what

lismommy02 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Children are a blessing from the Lord. I don't think anyone should get the CVS. Alot of the time, they are wrong and encourage parents to sometimes abort the child! Why would you take someone's life because they are different. My brother and his wife were very young and very healthy, one a pro athlete. They were definitely not at risk and ended up having twin boys with down syndrome. These boys are God's greatest blessing! They are not in pain, and in fact, they are more happy and beautiful than ever!! It's never going to be easy to raise them, but I look at the progress they have made and what a blessing to know that their parents put their effort in and showed these children the love that every child deserves!!

josling |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My husband & I have chose to not do this.

jacquelinholder |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

the way i look at this test is would you love your child less is it was born with a defect if the answer is no why risk the test and just love your baby the way they are

wcoon |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Well with my first pregnancy they MADE me take an amnio because of my baby's low water. The procedure was done with about 10 med students watching. Listen to me when I tell you it hurt like crazy!! I would never ever ever ever do it again (If I had a choice I would not have done it that time) There was no point in them sticking the biggest needle in the creation of the earth in my stomach! I cried the entire time as the med students watched me and probably laughed in their heads. It was the worst part of my pregnancy.

luckluck1 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I work with kids with special needs as a behavioral therapist. Regardless of whether you get the test or not, to think that kids with special needs need to be spared from pain is 1) ignorant and 2) offensive. Their lives are not easy, but the kids I work with are some of the happiest kids I know and I would be blessed to be any of their mothers. That said, if you don't have the cash to raise your kid with special needs there are ways to get help for free from the government and private agencies and, of course, your friends and family.

nshewey |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am not getting these tests done there is nothing that I can do about it if my baby is diagnosed with any of these issues so why worry over it for the rest of my pregnancy?

Soon_2B_MrsM |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I'm with you Soon to be Mrs.M.....my friend had the nuchal and it came back abnormal for downs and edwards. She ended up having to see a genetic specialist and couldn't get in for 5 days. She spent those 5 days crying hysterically and thinking something went wrong. After seeing the genetic speciaist, everything was fine. She said she will NEVER have testing like this done again b/c it ruined her pregnancy.....for this reason I'm avoiding. I'm 27 and have no family history...plus if the baby does have downs I will deal with that when he or she is born

LinzeeUGA |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am now almost 15 wks. am scheduled to have amniocentesis on 4/1/10

grace0705 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My doctor gave me the impression she wasn't a fan of these tests. My husband and I have decided we are not going to push for it because there are too many risks involved. We are both under 35 (i am under 30) and there is no reason we should suspect any problems. From what i understand, these tests should only be done if necessary.

Starfish1981 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I don't think it's a matter of being "blessed by God"- it's a matter of being the most prepared you can possibly be.

Kelley101010 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am 12 weeks pregnant with my second child and I had a CVS done because my fiance and I are carriers for a genetic blood disorder called HLH. My 16 month old daughter was diagnosed with HLH when she was about 3 1/2 months old and we lived at Children's Hospital for 4 months. It was the worst thing I had ever experienced and with this pregnancy my fiance and I NEED to know if our second child will have HLH, just so we can be prepared for the Hospital stays as inpatient and outpatient. I was so scared to have a CVS done but honestly I think that everyone should have it done. Their is a possibility in having a misscarriage, but then again there is always a chance of miscarriage during every pregnancy. I also read in one of the posts above that a lady had this procedure done and the needle poked the baby. Well in my experience with this, I had a Dr. that did over 10,000 of these and he never once touched a baby. They showed me what was going on through the whole thing with an untrasound. The pain did hurt like hell, but the proccedure only lasted less than 2 minutes. I am totally against abortion and I plan on keeping our son. I would deff. recommend a CVS to be done to anyone that is over 35 or has a child or family member that has any types of disabilities.

blush515 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My husband and I are both 37 [will be 38 when the baby's born] and I'm on board with pcakers . My husband's father was adopted and my father has no medial history from his mother. We want to be sure that we can properly care for a child that may have issues, but are not prepared to provide 24 hour/lifetime care for a child that will not live life to it's fullest. It's not an easy decision to make...trust me. But we agree that it's irresponsible to bring a child into the world knowing they will require lifelong care. We certainly respect other peoples opinions as well. Your body, your baby, your decision.

luisajason |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

For those of you concerned about not having health insurance, you need to look into your options now that the new healthcare bill has passed. You should have much more accessibility to insurance because of the new laws. I can't imagine trying to pay for all of this stuff out of pocket - it would be impossible.

Griffya |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am 36 years old and this is my first baby. The risk of the baby having Downs is about the same as the risk of a miscarriage from the amnio. I know I would be very sad if I had a miscarriage, but I also know I would be completely DEVASTATED if I had a special needs child. I cannot handle it physically, emotionally, nor financially. If the baby is special needs, I will terminate. I am opting for the amnio. My doctor also said the blood tests, the Triple Tests, are only about 65% accurate at predicting problems, while the amnio is over 99% accurate.

Marilincredible |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I just had the special ulttrasound, was told that the back of the baby's neck is thick, so I got scared and opted for the CVS. I was crying at home because I was so sad. The preliminary results came about a week later and I was told everything was normal. I was happy, then yesterday I get a call saying the Final Results show a mixture of normal and Down Syndroms chromosomes, so they recommend an Amnio. I am not having the Amnio. All my friends who know of people who went through this all had normal babies. Regardles, I'm going to have this baby so I am NOT having the Amnio. I wish I didn't do this because it's adding stress to this pregnancy.

grooviechic |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

With my first pregnancy, I was told that my baby was at risk of having serious genetic disorders. I had the amnio done and it was VERY unsuccessful. My baby did not make it as a result of this test. I knew of the risk but decided to go with it anyway. Turns out my little one would have been a HEALTHY baby! I had no intention on ending his life either way and fully regret having the test. Now with this pregnancy, I will NEVER opt for such drastic test. What ever God gives me, I will love just the same.

enmcbride |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I'm 16 weeks, and had a nuchal done at 12.5 weeks....and I have not gotten the results yet... They told me the results would be in in 7 days, and it has clearly been much longer than that. I've called and they said that sometimes the results take longer....I've just moved to a new area, and this is a new doctor/midwifery clinic (recommended by friends)...but with this experience, I'm about to drive a little further and go to the next midwifery clinic!!! I'm paranoid that the NT will show that I need to have further testing..and by the time i get results from that (if I ever do..) I"ll be too far along?! Any advice?! Neither my husband nor I are high risk...no genetic disorders like Down's or Trisomys run in our families. Thanks for any words of wisdom!! :)

akakentucky@gmail.com |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

we decided against the amnio for health concers, but our doctor did have us do a blood screening that was able to test for down syndrome, spina bifida as well as a number of other conditions. that was done at 17 weeks. Thank goodness the results came back negative. I thought the blood testing was a good idea also, because if your child does have one of those conditions you are prepared for when your little one is born. you can be prepared by learning about the condition, what to do as a parent to help your child with that condition excell in life.

taylorsue00 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

my husband and I have chosen not to get diagnostic test done because if if our baby is born with down syndrome or any thing else for that matter it wouldn't change a thing we would still go on with the pregnancy also we don't want to risk miscarriage

mrschampney |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

There are early screening tests that you can do now in Week 11 that carry no miscarriage risk. There is a simple blood draw and then a ultrasound measures the amniotic fluid behind the fetus in the gestational sack. My wife is very much against termination should a test conclude Down's or another chromisomal abnormality, but I feel differently. Regardless of your beliefs and ultimate decision, I think that a low/no risk test to prepare you for what could impact the rest of your life is a good idea for any expectant mother/couple.

bifoptimo |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

my doctor said if im not gonna termante the pregnacy if the test comes out positive then there really is no point.

hurleygurl512 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

im only 23 and 8 weeks along. I need no thinking or anything to know what to do about this procedure. I WILL NOT be getting this done. My mother had it done when she was pregnant with my baby sister when i was 16 because she had a abnormally high protein and they thought she had down syndrome. Turns out my mom waited a week just to find out that my little sister was perfectly fine! I will not risk the life of my child as this is my 4th pregnancy and the other 3 ended in miscarriage as it is. I wont take that chance a 4th time because of a test. I won't get any test that will tell me that my baby MIGHT have a problem. I need no stress. My sister is a wonderful little girl and i know downs children who are just simply sweethearts! no matter what... everything happens for a reason :)

mamma2bee |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My husband and I opted for an amniocentesis with our first pregnancy after our high risk doctor realized our baby girl had signs of Trisomy 18 (hypoplastic left heart syndrome, small size, and numerous cysts on her brain). The amnio results came back T-18 positive. This test proved to be invaluable in preparing us and our doctors for what was to come. She did not survive and while nothing could fully prepare us for losing her, we had insight into what would be happening. Our 2nd pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage. We're on our 3rd pregnancy and will DEFINITELY being doing the CVS test at 11 weeks. We're 7 weeks now and have had the test scheduled with a High Risk OB since 5 weeks. Odds are in our favor that all will be well, but I firmly believe you can never be too prepared. A mother and father's decision after receiving devastating news is 100% their choice and that should be respected. Never say never until YOU are faced with those circumstances.

ashleywheeler0509 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

even with no history and low risk due to the ultrasound at 18wks (there was a cyst) my doc had me do the simple quad screen (blood draw from my arm) it poses no risk to the pregnancy or our baby. we are in agreement no matter what the tests show we are having our baby HOWEVER the point of knowing if there is a chance is so that the doctor and care team at the hospital know ahead of time if we will need extra care during labor and after the birth. because we would continue the pregnancy she said it was okay not to do the next step which would pose a risk, the blood draw would be enough of a heads up for the team. for us its just a matter of knowing ahead of time what to expect to limit the surprises but hearing of the cyst and what it meant crushed me at that appointment i find out the results of the quad screen this week and am praying since she didn't show any other signs that i wont have to face the lose of our baby girl. i really don't know how i would hold up to it.. i love her already. they will be repeating the ultrasound to keep an eye on the cyst to see if it goes away on its own. the possibility at this point is crushing me and i have not shared it with others because i wanted to wait for the results to know if there was a reason for concern first. if there is i'm not sure how i will let my family know...

TraciG2006 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

my doc told me the quad screen wasn't exactly necessary, and that I could do it if i wanted to, just to be sure. Also, i was told the amniocentesis is the cause of about 20% of all mid- or full-term miscarriages, so i am avoiding it.

MrsHenderson2008 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Having the screening can be useful even if you don't intend on terminating the pregnancy if the results are not normal; it at least gives you time before baby arrives to adjust to the idea of caring for a child who may have special needs. One of my friends was a carrier for Lo Syndrome (not sure if I spelled that right) and her doctor didn't believe in abortion so she wouldn't screen the baby. My friend doesn't believe in abortion either and knowing her child was going to be different would not have affected her decision to deliver but she could have read up on the disease and prepared better instead of spending the first three weeks of her baby's life in different intensive care facilities while the doctors tried to figure out what was wrong with her son. He's 3 now and still doesn't walk, talk, or eat solid foods. She loves him dearly but both of their lives would have been a better if she had been able to prepare and learn about her son's disability before he was born.

sexysica |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

i think this would make me stress even more! i am going to avoid these tests for sure

lam6002 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I have no intention of getting any test that unless my doctor says it's necessary. Beyond that, I would never end a pregnancy for any reason, so no matter what defects my child has, he/she is mine forever. I agree with what Blessed says above - Every child is a blessing from God!

LaViolette |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I opted for a second blood test after 15 weeks, I have a very low risk for any birth defects and the ultrasound at the screening looked good. The doctor said that's almost as good as an amniocentesis, besides the tests aren't 100% either way. If you get an abnormal result it doesn't mean you're baby has a defect, and if you don't get one it doesn't mean it doesn't.

LupMar92 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

no thanks

areal21 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I had 3 abortions For different reasons since I was 17 years old and 1 accidental miscarrege. I have 1 live son and now I am 15 weeks pregnant. I'm 34 years old now and. I don't want to have a down syndrome child or any deffects that will ruin the childs life and mine. I like to go out and travel so my kids must be strong and inteligent sufficient to survive this demanding life. I want to enjoy my life with my husband too after they leave to college and get married so I can be ready for my granbabies! But I am confused what is the right test to take? I am much more ready than when I was young and stupid to keep my baby, I would feel like a failurer if this test would kill my healthy baby. what should I do? How do you check if a doctor is really good? And how much pain does this procedure really feels? aghhhh I want to keep my healthy baby but how do I know without hurting him/ her or myself?

swaneedepaula |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Our doc said the only advantage would be knowing early and having time to plan for a possibly rougher future. I feel like it would just make me worry over-much and don't see a need for it. I opted out.

zumzum08 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

We are on the fence about testing as well..I am adopted, so we don't know my family medical history, and my DH has a cousin with spina bifida..We are torn because of the m/c rate associated w/some of these tests, as well as the fact that none of them are 100%. I am also a "worst case scenario" type of gal, and I don't want to spend my whole pregnancy worrying if I don't have to. We would never terminate, so the result wouldn't really matter. Like some of the other women have said, there are other ways to dx if something is wrong later in the pregnancy..For now, I think we are opting out, unless our doctor thinks it's 100% necessary.

FallBridetoBe08 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

With my first child 9 years ago we decided to do no testing of this nature because we were told that the test could produce a false negative or positive for genetic issues. Now I am again pregnant with our second child and I am a very high risk. I again will not have the tests. I have to much to worry about already so why worry so much, God I believe doesnt give us more than we can handle.

Crystal7981 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My husband and I decided against any testing as well. We decided that we are going to take on whatever is given to us in that respect. Neither of our families have ever had issues. We figure why have a "maybe" and just worry the entire pregnancy and stress the baby out. We'd rather just not know, have faith, and enjoy the beauty of pregnancy.

ashmcarthur816 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I may be thinking of a different test, but my doctor told me a couple days ago that there is no risk to the baby. He said they just do a sonogram and take some more blood from me. I'm adopted so we know nothing of my family history which is why we were interested in doing this. Even if we find out news that we don't want to hear, we would still go through with the pregnancy. Just because you find something bad out doesn't mean you have to terminate. It just helps you be more prepared.

bella85 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Hi everyone.... I had my first son when I was 16 years old, Alejandro will be turning 6 years old in less than a week. I barely found out in early May of this year he has Autism, its been very difficult for me, although I have all the family support and I am financially well off, I think having another child with similar problems would be way more difficult for myself than just having my one son with Autism. I am now 9 weeks pregnant and I am for sure going to have the test done. I am not saying I would have an abortion but I would defiantly like to know what I should expect with this new baby.... I love my son like no other but I wasn’t prepared for his developmental delay which I believe as a young teen I had no idea of his potential issues, which I believe lead him to be more delayed in life now...Like I said previously, he is going to be turning 6 but still has very limited speech, and behavior issues, and has been going to speech therapy since he was 2. I would very much recommend the testing to anyone who may be at high risk, taking care of a child with any sort of disability is not easy, so preparing yourself is the best answer to a positive test result.

brandy3511 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

This is mine and my husbands 3rd child and we have always opted out of all amnio testing, the risk is too high and we are pro life so whatever happens we will cope with it. I do believe in proper prenatal care and not being in the dark about our pregnancies but an invasive procedure for us is out of the question. I also carry the CF gene so with our first child my husband had to be tested also ( he does not carry the gene ) but even if he had been a carrier we would have done the same.

matthewelizabeth |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

TOTALLY REFUSING both these tests. They are too dangerous and I'm healthy so I don't see the need for them AT ALL...our baby will be brought into this crazy world happy AND healthy if I can help it :)

AHeien |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

this is my third pregnancy and i am considering getting it only because my second child had trisomy 13 and after she was born died 2 weeks after birth. the tests could have saved us and her alot of pain. i am prolife but trisomy 13 doesnt have a cure and babys dont survive so the choice is abort a baby or let it be born and be in pain before it dies. wich is more humane?

BrandyD06 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

i think these are personal decisions that each couple/person/family needs to make for themselves. people should offer information here, but not comments that sound more like judgements. Come on!

ninijiji |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My doctor told me it's a simple, painless test that takes a sample of blood from the tip of your finger. I have not found one website that agrees with this, and all I read is it's uncomfortable, painful and could cause a miscarriage. I don't believe this is necessary, especially if you plan to love your child regardless of any birth defects it may have, bottom line I refuse and will cancel my CVS appointment.

MommaHibbard1216 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My husband and I have decided not to do this. He has two children from a previous and I have one. None of the three children were detected with any illness. I do not believe of a needle going through me to take some fluid to check. I have heard some bad stories of this being done. Not for me we will love our baby uncondtionally <3

AmyJ2011 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I haven't even had my first OB appointment, but at 38, I will be taking precautions. Shoot, I've been taking folic acid long enough, I might as well try to have the healthiest child possible. Leaving religion out of this (c'mon people!), I'm going to ask my OB about her feelings about the scientific risks vs. benefits, and make a decision with my husband. I will do the blood test with no hesitation. Any results will then lead me to other decisions. I will accept wherever this pregnancy takes me. And the love between my husband and I will lead us to the right decisions. Just like getting pregnant in the first place, what will happen will happen.

ShineyHair |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I chose not to take these tests. To us, even if our child has a genetic disorder we will still allow nature to take its course. Also, the tests are not 100% accurate and we have too many friends that spent too many months worried for nothing - they gave birth to beautiful "normal" babies.

preggersinpa |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Oh, I loved the comment someone made about not being able to live with themselves if their child is disabled and living in pain. I guess a few minutes or seconds of pain and terror while being aborted is much better, eh? Plus, the emotional, physical, psychological, and mental pain/anguish that most women live with after an abortion would also make it worthwhile not bringing a disabled or sick child into the world. The amount of love you could give this child, and feelings of joy (of course there will also be frustration, anger and sadness as with raising ANY child) and being able to raise them and prepare them to their full potential is a gift that will bless YOU and your family for years!

MNnKS |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My doctor gave me a great answer for this and I agree.... Yes, as everyone else believes, I too believe that my baby is a gift. A person does not have to be religious to feel that way either. Regardless of religion and other beliefs, this is something we all have to think through. Even if you would never terminate a pregnancy, knowing can make all the difference in the world. If you are in a high risk category, knowing and mentally prepare you. Also, and more importantly, if your baby has a special need, the medical staff will know and be prepared at the time of delivery. That was what was most important to me. I am 37, so my pregnancy is at a bit of a higher risk. We had the nuchal translucency test done and all is well. I don't think I will do the CVS/amnio test unless I hear that it is highly recommended for me and my baby. No matter what, think positively!

mattalentz |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I carry a genetics disease called fragile x. It causes mental retardation from mild to severe. I am having a CVS done in two days to check and see if my baby is going to be affected by the disease. I've always been pro-life, but the fact is that I don't have the money to raise a special needs child. I also don't really want to subject my child to the ridicule they would receive in school by other kids if they happen to be affected. Depending upon the severity of the disease, they might not ever be able to function alone in society. I don't think that's fair to the child. I would rather they were in heaven with God than subjected to hell on earth by unforgiving people. My husband and I have already made the decision to terminate if the test shows bad results.

JnnLuvsU |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

They test for Down syndrome, spina bifida, and cystic fibrosis, but there is not a history of any of these in my family, so I'm not required to take the test and I have opted out.

erinnj7 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

'm so torn with this one. we're not at risk for anything serious, but you just never know. i certainly don't want to risk a miscarriage, but if i knew i was having a child with sever special needs, i would terminate the pregnancy. it's not fair to me or my child to bring them into the world with such problems. my husband and i do not believe children are blessings from god, but the result of sperm entering the egg. i've got plenty of eggs left in me, so i can always get pregnant again. but the question is.... should i get one? i really want to have this kid and the thought of miscarriage freaks me out, but the thought of a special needs child freaks me 100x more!

heidipeterson |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

The risk of a miscarriage may be low, but is too great when you already have the child growing inside of you, and want nothing more to have a baby. We are not at risk for any genetic factors and will love our child no matter what.

Rugbqun |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

When I talked to my doctor about it during my first pregnancy, he said that it wouldn't really help to get it if there was no way I'd abort the baby if there was a problem. And I definitely wouldn't. If we had a genetic disorder in the family it might be nice to know so we could prepare.

amygoable |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

It's easy for anyone to say that "every child is a gift from God"..and you would never abort. My baby was just diagnosed with a large hernia that I'm told usually comes with MANY chromosomal abnormalities so life threatning that the baby usually will not survive inutero the 9mos, the first few hrs after birth or even until their 1st bday!..They will suffer. Down's is a totally different ball game, and many kids/adults with the extra 21 chromosome will have quite a fulfilling life and can gain some independence through routines. I go for an amnio next week I am 15 weeks, the chances of miscarriage after 15 wks from amnio are 1/400 and where I live in Canada, they also monitor baby through ultrasound from beginning to end while this test is done. I would never have agreed to this test if it was anything else, but I think it would be cruel to deliver and watch my baby die right after birth.

autpau23 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My husband and I have decided not to do the prenatal testing. We are not high risk and have no family history of medical problems. My DR said she has patients all over the board when it comes to this topic. She has the 45% who want to do the tests and find out the results bc they want to either terminate OR be able to prepare for a special needs child, she has the 45% who don't want the testing because they dont want to know bc they wouldnt terminate even if the results showed something and then she has the 10% in the middle who aren't sure. Basically, my husband and I knew we wouldn't terminate and we would prefer to not have to worry about the results if something did show up. I would rather spend these 9 months preparing for our baby and not stressing out over the results. Some may not agree but it was the best choice for us as a couple. You have to make this decision on your own and with your partner (if there is one) and decide how you will deal with it. Hope this helps.

taralp25 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

They aren't necessary. Some doctors present them as if they were. From my childhood development psychology classes I have seen the odds of miscarriage range from 1 in 200 to (at my physicians office) 1 in 1600. My child isn't going to be one of them. If my child has a genetic disorder like Down syndrome, my knowing is not going to change anything-- I'm keeping my baby.

DevanRebecca |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

WOW, I didn't realize there was a risk involved with these tests. After trying for 8 years to conceive I think I will avoid taking a chance after reading some of the comments posted. I agree with Blessed By God, EVERY child is a blessing no matter what condition. Thanks ladies! ♥

cositademami |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

we are not going to have these tests either...so glad to see im not the only one!

miraclemommy2011 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I have decided against this testing. We were satisfied with the results from the ultrasound and do not feel it is necessary (for us) to have further testing. I do believe it is a very big decision and I know every mother, father and baby have different scenerios and risks, it's a personal decision and do not be convinced by others to do or not to do something you are unsure of.

bhanesworth |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I'm 20 weeks along, but before we were even 8 weeks we decided against CVS/amino testing. Our thought process has been: It took us a while to get pregnant (I have fertility problems) and now that we are, nothing is worth the risk of losing our baby. We are already so in love with this baby, that it doesn't matter what disorders he/she could have, we're more than happy to accept them and live with them!

mevadurro |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Because I am 38, my husband and I decided to first have the genetic screening (which is done via a blood test) to find out our risk. The results came back 1 in 167 chance of having a child w/down syndrome. Prior to the screening my risk was 1 out 132. This was based on my age, health and info I filled out on the questionnaire. Once we had the screening done, my risk actually decreased but not at a high enough number to definitely rule out any abnormalities so we decided we'd like to go ahead and have the Amnio done just in case we needed to educate ourselves on how to handle a special needs child. The doctor who performed the Amnio was great and although the process was painful, it lasted less than 3 minutes. They phoned us 8 days later to tell us the results were normal. Although these decisions were not easily made and it was a very stressful time, I do not regret having the Amniocentesis.

shanachandler |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

We will not be doing the tests due to the fact that if its true that our child will have some kind of disease, we would rather wait till he/she is born instead of worrying about it during the pregnancy and risk a miscarriage due to stress. If it happens, we will know about it either way, we would just rather enjoy our time during pregnancy without any added stress

LeslieBobb |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

These tests are dangerous to you and baby. They are completely unnecessary unless a positive test result would cause you to terminate the pregnancy. If you got a positive result and would plan to keep the baby, then all you will do is worry the rest of the pregnancy (which is horrible for baby!) when the test might no even be accurate.

ETcooking |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I think people are getting confused on this. CVS and the Amnio are two seperate things. CVS is blood and an ultrasound, the amino is the one with risks. My DH is adopted and knows nothing of his health background, so I will be asking my doctor if this is something we should do and take her word for it.

vjimenez11 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

scratch that...nevermind...brain fart on my part

vjimenez11 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Though I can understand how some may need this test, I agree with Blessed by God. Every little "Turkey basting in the oven" (as my husband is now calling our baby) is absolutely special. <3

jescpearson |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am extremely torn on what I would like to do with these tests! My first son has some blindness issues and alot of pain from chronic gi issues and he cannot maintain weight but we found out we are currently pregnant and scared to death I am 26 yrs old and I have seen my two year old special needs son go through endless pain and as of right now with no permanent diagnosis I dont know what to think or do I am pretty well a basket case! Any one has any words of wisdom please contact me via email at kendrajanejackson@yahoo.com. Would like to know more also on the amnio if anyone has had it done! Thanks!!

kjl3626 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

no im not getting it done

TygeriaS |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I don't understand why anybody would propose to remove this question from the site. It is a very valid and useful thing to discuss when you are expecting. As I am pregnant of my second and am older than 35, I am seriously considering whether or not to do this test. And if I do decide to take the test, then it is my and my husband's decision and nobody else's business. Linking this decision to anything religion based is not only ridiculous, but also dangerous. (in my humble opinion). Science and religion are not the same thing and if you let your religion influence what progress we as people have made on science in the last 2,000 years, you are in my opinion quite ignorant. They also thought thunder and lightning was a divine thing back then... and if you graduated elementary school, you know better today... whether you decide to terminate the pregnancy or not, again, this is a decision to be made by the parents... This is after all still the United States, is it not? Where we have the freedom to decide for ourselves... And where (at least last time I checked and in my State) termination of a pregnancy is still legal.

missbelgium |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

We decided not to do these tests. There is nothing anyone could tell me that would make me even consider not having this baby. We aren't religous at all and i completely understand people who feel differently. I have PCOS, so we have been trying for a long time and are just so excited. We figured it would only add to our stress if something came back. Also, I read a couple places that these tests sometimes result in false positives (the test says there may be something wrong and there is not). I would rather just make it through the pregnancy and then deal with whatever we have to deal with at that time.

acaver |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Despite the discomfort of having these tests done, I have a history of spina bifida in my family and will be having them done. I know, of course, no matter what I will be keeping my baby. However, I want to feel better prepared for the challenges we will face as a family if something is wrong. My test won't be for another few weeks as I'm only 7 1/2 weeks.

aliciasavage21 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am pregnant with my second child and we have numerous issues within genetics that run maternally in my family! I also have an issue with my X chromosomes and I was given the options of these tests because if we were to have a boy the baby could have issues just like my first son and now that we just found out we were blessed with a girl we decided to not do these tests even though we debated on them still because the fact is knowing before the baby gets here is a lot easier then waiting till the baby is three months old and finding out that he cant see your face or anything or that he cannot go to the bathroom on his own! Its extremely hard we did not plan this pregnancy and so I am petrified to death over having another sick baby!! I would suggest to get all the tests done and then you know for sure but when it comes down to it it all revolves around you and risks!!!

kjl3626 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I had genetic testing done, and I got my blood tested first to see if I carried the gene that would cause down syndrome or neural tube defects. If that was positive then I would have to determine if I wanted to do the other procedures. I think this would be the best bet for anyone because it is non invasive to the baby and then you can determine to go from there, I did not carry the gene so I did not have to do the other tests. I just thought this information might help.

krystlnickel |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Generally speaking most prenatal test are unnessessary, including ultrasound. They cause undue stress on both the mother and child and there is a risk of fetal death. It just doesn't seem worth it. Regarding how much it costs to have a child with disabilities. If a person is willing to end the life of a child because they may have a disability, then perhaps they should consider whether or not they really want children. The reason I say this is because there are no guarantees. A child could end up in a wheel chair, be autistic, deaf, blind or have any number of "inconvenient" circumstances that would change the family dynamic forever. I speak from experience. Every child is a blessing and those born with special needs are no less special and no less worth of life.

paraquita |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I know someone that was told their baby was a Down Syndrome baby based on the Quad screen, Ultrasound, and Amniocentesis. They decided not to terminate because there was still a chance of a normal baby and they ended up with a completely normal, healthy baby girl! Therefore, we have decided to not go further than the Quad screen. Testing doesn't always tell you everything and I am a veterinarian who is pro-testing in most cases.

12072009 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

We haven't done any testing so far and except for u/s we will not. I would only worry and there's no need because no matter what this child is coming into the world. God gave me a blessing, and it is my job to nurture and care for it.

Carrie3102 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I have heard two separate stories of a test saying the child would have down's syndrome/mental retardation and they didn't abort. The children are both normal so maybe that is god's way of taking care of things and maybe these tests are 100% accurate.

amyg1120 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I don't know why this website doesn't mention that a lot of medical groups now do different screenings to check for birth defects. I just did my BUN ultrasound and blood tests to test for a wide range of birth defects. My doctor didn't even mention this particular test at all. Maybe this website should be encouraging their readers to check with their doctors to alternative testing done for birth defects since this particular test has some risk (while the ultrasound and blood tests don't).

azhuraWed64983 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

This is my first child and I will NOT be getting this test, I have had a miscarriage before and that was bad enough, I don't even want to put my child at risk, either way if my child comes into this world with differences I wouldn't care, he/she is my flesh and blood and I will love him/her with all of my heart.

ElleC22 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My doctor's recommendation is that there is no sense to take the tests unless you would do something with the information. We found that to be good advice and have decided not to do the tests.

JMKtoJKE |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My sister had the amnio because of age. She ended up being on bedrest and then losing the baby because she was leaking fluid (the hole never sealed up correctly). She would have had a healthy baby boy.

cjordan95765 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

what are the risk of cvs or an amnio test?

cedwards1987 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

The doctor (at least my doctor) does a quad screening via blood test between weeks 16-18 that test for the same things anyway so I see no need for CVS or an amnio.

jilly10340 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I did complete these tests because it is one of the wonderful things offered in order to tell expecting mothers what to expect. I have heard this test has been inaccurate before and I would advise not to stress if you have been given a negative result as I don't know the actual percentage of acuracy.

Kate Nurse |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I think this test is completely unnecessary. For one it can cause miscarriage so why risk your babies life?

AmandaNicky |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

At my last doctors appoint they drew blood to test for HIV, Toxoplasmosis, Down syndrome and Cystic fibrosis, ect. instead of doing an amniocentesis. I am so happy that I decided to do the test because my test results came back good with the exception that I my self am a care of the cystic fibrosis gene. With out knowing this we would not have known that my husband would need to be tested as well. As long as my husband’s test results come back as not being a cystic fibrosis gene carrier then our baby will be ok. When I spoke to my mom about it she was shock as no one in my family has ever had cystic fibrosis or has been a known carrier of the cystic fibrosis gene due to them never being tested. So, to me personally I think being tested is a very good idea.

stacey6526 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I would avoid this testing!!! it made me go crazy thinking my son had downs since he tested for Trisomy 18 which is downs. I had to go to genetic counseling and they offered to do an amnio which i declined. come to find out he was fine and this test gives a lot of false positives!!! never again

jboutwell001 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I had no risk factors and decided to not have any testing done in my first pregnancy. The 20 week ultrasound was clear, and another 3D one at 30 weeks found spina bifida. I agree that no matter what a test would have told us we would have continued the pregnancy, but it did make a difference in my daughters delivery and imediate after care. I had just 3 weeks to come to terms and educate myself about Spina Bifida when she was born 7 weeks early (un planned). We then spent the next 95 days in the NICU. This time around I want every test that is reasonable.

clhankie |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Me and my husband have talked about this tests, neither of us have any family members with some condition, we are in our 30´s and pretty much healthy, we decided that instead of spending the money on this tests we will save it for the cord blood bank its a better investment for us and for our child. I found this in the pregnancy book of sears and sears hope it helps when coming to the decision on having this tests. mothers age - risk of baby with down - risk of baby with chormosomal disorder 20 1:1667 1:526 30 1:952 1:385 35 1:378 1:192 40 1:106 1:66 45 1:30 1:21

MYR4 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

my doctor never mention this proceder to me and i am 31 weeks. i am 29 and this is my 1st child.they gave me a blood test twice and said that my baby will not have spinal problems or down syndrome plus if the baby had spinal problems it would show up on the ultra sound right?

anniea15 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My husband and I decided against having the testing done because I get really stressed out over things and since you can't do anything about them having a defect. I refuse to have an abortion, so that test is useless to me I will love my baby no matter how they come out.

killapea |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My husband and I decided to avoid these test due to the risk.

NGB1226 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I had the NT test first which basically an ultrasound of the baby's neck and on that day they pricked my finger for blood which sounds like the CVS test... Knowing what these testing is for did not cause me stress and I seriously doubt would cause me to lose the baby which I did not. My test result came back good so I didn't need the amnio test. However I do not know that I would get that testing because I've heard it's painful and risky. But if I did do an amnio, and it came back with bad news, I may or may not abort. And if I do not, I would at least now be more informed and can better prepare myself for a special needs child. I think though that I'd rather just prepare just based on the NT and blood test though because the amnio just seems a bit too invasive to me. But anyway, don't stress about it. It is going to be what it's going to be. I'm 27 weeks now. So far, all my testing has come back with good results. I have bad back pains but I don't stress about the baby. I know I shouldn't make assumptions but in this case, I will assume everything will be fine unless tests say otherwise. And if they do say otherwise, the best thing you can do is learn, study and prepare. I know it sounds kind of blasé but it's better than stress! Like I don't already get enough of that from work...

Daela |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I HAVENT BEEN DONE WITH MY FIRST CHILD MIGHT THIS YEAR WITH MMY 2ND I WILL FIND OUT SOON AND LET U KNOW

hewitt2012 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

i have heard horrabile stories, i have 2 girls both with health problems never had an amnio and don't plan to with this one. God will give us what he wants to care for, and for me being high risk why in danger the baby any more than need be.

babyrose03 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I was given this option with our first child 12 years ago and I turned it down. My doctor told me that many times the test will come back positive when it really isn't and then other tests would have to be done to rule it out. Not worth the stress, in my opinion. I have friends who did have this done and it came back positive and found that there was actually nothing wrong.

brandywinn |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My Husband and I will never do any prenatal screenings nor will we ever allow our baby to be injected with any vaccines or have any blood work done as we have done so with all 5 of our older kids my 13yr old son has never had a needle touch him in anyway and has never missed a day of school in his life all of our kids are healthier then the rest of the kids at school, that being said because we go against the grain of society so we also home birth my husband has delivered 3 of our 5 kids at home and yes we do have a midwife even though she was not present at the time of birth for our last 2 babies. So all in all we will not do any of these tests period.

cherokeesmom |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I want the tests. I will not knowingly bring a baby that has downs or other genetic health problems into the world. I don't believe the amount of heart-ache and resources it would take to raise a child with severe disability is worth it. I believe it is my, and my husband's right to choose.

~Ellie |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

The reason I wanted to read this Q&A forum was to obtain more information on what an amnio/CVS is, what are the outcomes, etc. Can it give you more accurate information about your pregnancy? This test was recommended to me by my doctor because the baby is measuring to small for its 17 weeks. I understand the thinking of having the baby no matter what. However this is not a religious based website and I think people should be respectful of that when posting. Everyone has the right to make their own choices to get this test or not. Information from those that have had these tests or know more about them would be helpful for me to help me make my choice.

tonynamy |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Well we decided to have it only because our doctor recommended it. So my husband and I were like, what will it hurt. We thought that everything would be normal, until I received a call that informed me I was actually a carrier of cystic fibrosis. No one in my family had this, so it was a complete shock to me. The next step is to test my husbands blood, to see if he is a carrier as well. If he is a carrier, then there is a 25% that our baby will have cystic fibrosis. This was scary at first, but thank goodness if there is that chance, we know ahead of time so our baby will receive the proper care after delivery. My husband and I would never consider an abortion either, but it is best for the baby to know what risks there are. So I am definitely pro-CVS!

gscljs |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I wouldn't do this test. Their are other methods that are less risky. You can do an ultrasound when you are further along. I think finding out sooner would only cause you stress which in turn is not beneficial to your baby at all. This is a painful procedure and some doctors but not all will push you towards an abortion if they do find problems. Again this is a very personal choice, but be careful to not be selfish in your decision. A baby is a beautiful thing to experience! I hope all of you have healthy babies. I am on number 4 and have been blessed by each one even when they drive me crazy...LOL

stjamesteam |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am thirty-five but will thirty-six next month and I already have four wonderfully healthy children. I will not be taking this test because no matter what it is my baby and I am not taking a chance of lossing it. I work with jspecial needs children and I love them so it won't be any different for me!!!!!!!!!!!

rebels59 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I just told my doctor that we decided to just play the hand that God has given us and have faith that God/the Universe knows what its doing. I have an 8 year old who has ADHD, anxiety, sensory integration disoder, and may possibly be on the Autistic Spectrum, but I love him more than life itself- he is my son, he is not a disability. I couldnt imagine that I would feel any different if I had a child with a chromosomal abnormality. I know that my son picked us for a reason. :)

jenga516 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Hmmm... Let me just say, I think that this is a great forum for us to share and receive personal research, information and encounters. However, the more I read the more I feel like there are individuals commenting for very selfish reasons . I cant help but to think back to "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all"... This is a place for women to find medically relevant information and share experiences to help better educate those with questions. It is hard enough being a soon to be mother (again), with all the pressures and judgment from the outside world. This is not the place to be bombarded with ridicule. We all make our own decisions, and those are ours to live with. So lets take it easy on our fellow mothers and meet these question with compassion and fact, rather that prejudice opinion. fyi. I will not be testing. A result we came to with a bunch of family and medical research :)

jaydemoh |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

While reading this thread, I see that some of you may be confused about what CVS testing is. CVS is Chorionic Villus Sampling. Chorionic villus sampling begins with an ultrasound exam, which is needed to confirm the age of the fetus and the position of the placenta. Then, using the ultrasound image as a guide, the practitioner removes a tiny piece of the chorionic villi, the fingerlike projections of tissue that attach the placenta to the wall of the uterus. This can be done in one of two ways. (1) In a transcervical CVS, the practitioner inserts a narrow tube through the vaginal canal and into the cervix, using gentle suction to extract a bit of the needed tissue. (2) In a transabdominal CVS, a long, narrow needle is inserted through the abdomen and into the uterus to extract the tissue. The type of CVS your practitioner chooses to perform will depend on your individual anatomy and the position of the placenta. The villi sample (which shares the same genetic makeup as the baby) is sent to a lab, where it is grown in a culture, then checked for defects. From Parents.com: The test lasts about a half an hour, but the extraction process should only take a few minutes. It may be painless, or it may pinch or hurt briefly. Afterward, you should take it easy: plan to take the rest of the day off of work, arrange for a ride home, and relax. You may experience mild cramping and slight spotting. Any prolonged bleeding or cramping should be immediately reported to your healthcare provider. I am 37 and will be 38 when I deliver. I am 7 weeks pregnant and we have decided against all invasive testing. I will have the NT testing and ultrasound. Even if results come back indicating there might be an issue...we are keeping this child. We have been trying for 12 years and this baby is a gift.

rborland527 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

There is a new way to get tested for chromosomal and genetic disorders! My clinic is using a blood screening in the first trimester to determine our risk. Its only a screening but is has no risk for miscarriage at all because they take moms blood for the test. Just something for people to think about!

BabyHuls |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I agree that 100% that no matter what we will not even discuss ending the pregnancy...however I do think we may take the test simply to prepare ourselves just in case there is a problem. I think each person should make their own decision but I personally think we will get the tests and we will love our baby no matter what the outcome...only reason...is to be prepared!

jenld616 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I have 6 sisters and it was 50/50 for the amnio/CVS testing. Its all personal choice and like that thebump tries to cater to EVERYONES' needs/concerns/questions. As everyones opinions are just that... Individual opinions... This isn't meant to be personal but helpful. I will most likely skip this step for now based on the fact that my husband nor I have family history of problems, but if we do come encounter with issues would have this done in order to be fully prepare financially and with an education on how best to raise our baby/child/adult... As I feel that would be the most responsible thing to do. To each their own, respect everyone's opinions with less biased and self righteous attitudes please! =)

mandamarieal |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I think we are all missing the point here. I don't thing people get this test done to decided whether they are going to keep their babies, rather, it is to decide if a mother needs to deliver in a specialized facility ,if there is any issues with the baby.

jessmorin |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I agree:-)

tyswife08 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My doctor told me that since there was no history of chromosomal disorders and that all bloodwork/tests thus far had shown no sign of Downs or any abnormality that she did not advise an amnio as there are risks of miscarriage involved. The BF and I decided against it unless it is recommended to us. I agree with some of the above posts as well, I don't believe that the purpose is to decide whether or not to keep the baby but to be more aware of and special needs for delivery and for helping the parents to adjust to the idea of raising a child with potential mental or physical handicaps.

mdharrison |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I'm sorry, I don't understand these people who are offended by this option. Knowledge is power! If you don't want to risk it anything happening to your baby (by the way, there are a lot of things they say are "risky" - food, lotion, etc) then just leave it at that. I think we all can understand that. For some the threshold for taking a certain risk may be lower and that's okay. But this doesn't have to be a debate about abortion. Don't let your feelings about something irrelevant cloud your parental judgment. We're obviously the curious type of moms that want to be informed, otherwise we wouldn't be here. You wouldn't advise someone not to educate themselves about pregnancy. Tell them not to read books or look things up on the web because this new knowledge wouldn't make them perfectly prepared anyway. That's ridiculous! I like being prepared. I like having a plan. Of course there will be surprises and it's not like studying for a test but if I were adopting a child I'd want to know everything I could about that child to prepare myself to be the best mom that I could be. And contrary to what some people think, it takes more than LOVE! You actually need to know stuff!

greentea25 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I have decided against the CVS screening. I'm going to love my baby boy no matter what and I don't want the rest of my pregnancy to be stressful and worrisome because of a test. Plus the risk involved is not worth it. It is what it is and I will except it either way!

BabyTennell |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I always thought this test was done by a big needle going in and getting amniotic fluid. My Dr said it's not invasive now and it's just an ultrasounds and blood work. Is this right? I hear everyone talking about the risks and I am scheduled to have a first trimester ultrasound tomorrow. Any comments?

mama2ava |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

The tests are just blood work. For those who think they are only for high risk patients, they are wrong. I am not high risk at all- I'm 26, healthy, fit, and have had no known chromosomal abnormalities in my family at all. However, I just received my resuts and found that I am a carrier of the cystic fibrosis gene, which now means that my SO has to get tested. You only need to have an amino in the event that the blood tests would come back positive for both parents. I would advise that everyone get tested. Apparently people don't want to be stressed out, but wouldn't you rather be prepared to care for a child with special needs? Just my thoughts!

bonchiclauren |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I had the amino test done and was at a high risk due to a defect. The test ended up proving that my baby's chromosomes are the normal amount. I don't think that by checking into this means that you love your baby any less, it means that you are being as prepared as you can be about your baby. I think it would be terrible to have to terminate, but I don't think anybody deserves to have a life going through a syndrome such as downs or any other syndrome and not having the best quality of life that they could have by being in the hospital a good part of their life, struggling the whole way, and not living far passed the age of 50 years old. I wish the best for everyone out there who is struggling with this issue. Also, I would recommend speaking with the counselors that are available to you at the hospital. They were very helpful to my spouse and I.

amz56 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

How would I know if I am at a high or low risk for genetic disorders?

katfish1146 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

It is very short-sighted to say this only affects you if you are willing to abort your baby. Some of us live in rural areas with hospitals that are not equipped to deal with certain types of birth defects. If you have these tests, you can be prepared to go to a hospital with a NICU that can take care of your child who will have severe problems if she/he has one of these issues. Why would you not want to be prepared? Don't tell people that the only reason you would have this test is if you would want to abort a baby that isn't "normal". If this is the only consultation your physician gave you on the test, then you should seriously consider a change in care.

sbennett34 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

My doctor just did a blood test for this as the first step. We were clear to not go to the next step.

cutegal22us |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

If you have the test and plan to have the baby you will really want to be educated about down syndrome.

cutegal22us |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I never ended up getting that testing done with my 1st pregnancy and my son came out perfectly normal, my brother has developmental disabilities as he was born with brain damage from lack of oxygen. Do you think it is necessary I get this testing done??

CassieHarder |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am seriously appalled by some of the responses here. Just because a child may have Down's Syndrome does NOT mean they will require lifelong medical/financial care and that you will have to care for them their entire lives. It doesn't mean your baby will be in pain or hurt. There are PLENTY of people with Down's Syndrome that hold jobs, live in group homes or supervised living, manage their own bank accounts, etc. It doesn't mean you are going to be changing their diapers for the rest of their life just because they have special needs. As far as research, you really can't prepare yourself until you meet your baby and learn where they are cognitively. Children with Down's Syndrome can have a wide cognitive range and a wide range of abilities. Research will help, but you might scare yourself more than you need to. Some people here are acting like Down's Syndrome is a death sentence for you and the baby and it's NOT. Your child can have MANY problems as they grow up. They can get into a life changing car accident, become a druggie or a troublemaker, require tutoring & expensive schooling... all of these things may require money & extra care/time. If you aren't ready to take the extra time/money for your child, then what will you do if any of these things happen to them? I think the choice to have the test is your own personal decision. I can understand why someone would want to know, so if they aren't educated or have experience with disabilities, they can start now. But it is very clear to me that some people saying they would terminate have no education on these topics.

mvirosztko |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I had an amniocentesis during my first pregnancy. Initially, the reasoning was based on the fact that I am a known carrier for cystic fibrosis. In addition, my sons father was not clear about a lot of his family. We were still trying to decide, when I went in for a preliminary ultrasound, and the tech noticed that my son was presenting with what looked like a cleft lip and palate. I decided then that it was time to do the amnio. I never considered termination, I just felt like I needed to know what I was in for. The procedure was done abdominally, as I was further along (close to 20 weeks). If someone tries to fool you into thinking it's painless, I'll sell you a bridge. The needle is really long, and while it is an ultrasound guided procedure, you won't see it. I had to bury my face in the pillow. It's best to just control your breathing, close your eyes and pray that your baby decides to sleep through it (my son was moving around a lot, and even grabbed the needle!) so it took longer. All that having been said, I'm glad I did it. If God is going to bless you with a baby, birth defects or not, He will protect your baby through this procedure. The reassurances that I gained, despite the information about his condition were invaluable. I was able to spend the rest of my pregnancy preparing for what was the case (he just had a cleft lip and palate), rather than worrying about a whole slew of possibilities that didn't matter. In addition, I was able to love and adore my child the moment he was born, rather than being shocked by his appearance.

Peanuts4me |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Neither of us have markers for worry, but we figured we'd go anyway... and we did, but because I spent most of the first trimester asleep, I scheduled the appt too late. Not worried, but we did get to sneak in an extra look at the little one! The next tests (the real ones, as far as I'm concerned) are coming up. So long as I schedule them on time this time. (Being awake and not nauseated now, I have no excuse to miss it!)

eeponine |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I just found out My baby is at a high risk of developing a chromosomal disorder. I have scheduled two additional sonagrams to monitor my baby's development. I'm still considering amniocentesis; CVS is out of the question. At my next OB appt I will ask if I have any additional options.

jbutterfly82 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I chose to do genetic testing just so I could prepare myself if my baby had special needs. I did the quad screening and a test for spina bifida. I was a special needs teacher for a few years and I wanted to get supportive services in place as soon as possible if need be. I'm glad that I chose to do this. During our 20 week ultrasound the doctor told us that the tech found cysts on our baby's brain. She said that everything else looked normal, and that due to our tests coming back normal that I shouldn't worry about them and that the cysts should clear up by 32 weeks. Because of the testing that we did, I'm not stressing myself out or losing sleep over it. I would love my baby no matter what but I wanted to preapre myself.

meeganmstar |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I was told because of my age (35) that it would be a ood idea o have an amnio done. I had it done at 20 weeks and it was fairly simple. I id rest for the next day or two but my baby was fine he whole time. The results may take up to 21 days to come back, I'm waing.

Monica ME |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

This is my second pregnancy and I didn;t have this test done the first time so wont be having it done this time.

jen25paterson |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

This is my first pregnancy, im not interested in having a needle in my belly. I will do every blood test they ask for but from the horrible stories I read above the amniocrntesis is not for me.

Lucyrod2021 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

We didn't do it either. Our doctor said it gave a lot if false positives and that led to the amneosentesis...and sense I wasn't willing to do that she said it probably wasn't worth the worry.

jenniealexander16 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am steering clear of the amnio. I am not going to risk my baby's life just to find something out that can wait until I deliever. Even if we have a special needs child, I will love my child. I am pro-life and I will NEVER abort a child that I tried so hard to have.

tarakay0417 |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am opting out of this one. No matter what could be wrong with my baby I would not kill him or her! Also I know a couple people who had flags that something could be wrong and in all cases the babies were healthy. I feel it would cause me to worry needlessly. I will love my baby no matter how they come! :)

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Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

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Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

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Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

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Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

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asslikethat |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

I am not having either test, but something to think about, it's not just Down syndrome that they test for. Cystic Fibrosis runs in my family, but my husband is not a carrier so we have no risks. But if he was a carrier I would have the test. There are things that can happen in utero w/ a CF baby that could cause it to die, you have to have more ultra sounds to determine if the baby has risk factors and needs to be delivered early. Just because you have this testing done does not mean you are going to terminate the pregnancy, it just gives you the ability to make sure that your baby is monitored as it needs to be both before and after the birth and it prepares you mentally if there is a problem. With that said, I am of the opinion that you should only have it done if you have risk factors for ANY genetic anomalies.

jnpankey |

Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

Fantastic news for those worried about invasive testing! There is a new test called MateriT21 PLUS. It is a noninvasive blood test that detects an increased amount of chromosomal 21, 18 and 13 material (mother and baby) that is circulating in your blood. All it takes is a simple blood sample from the mother and can be done as early as 10 weeks. My doctor explained that with this amazing technology the test can now detect fetal DNA in the mothers blood! And as an added bonus, it also detects gender so if you want to know the sex of your baby, you can as early as 11 weeks (it takes a week for the results). I have the nuchal test (where the baby's neck is measured by ultrasound and noninvasive) and the MateriT21 PLUS scheduled at 12 weeks. That's the earliest the nuchal test can be done. If there any any concerning results from the nuchal test, the MaterniT21 PLUS test will confirm them. I'm very excited that technology allows for tests like this! I am 37, have a 2-1/2 year old already, had a miscarriage in July and am 8 weeks pregnant as of today. I didn't have CVS or an amnio with my first as there were no concerns other than my age and don't plan on either this time. The risk of miscarriage isn't worth it, especially when this new test is so accurate. I hope new information will help.

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Q&A: Why CVS/amnio?

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gantengsekali |