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Q&A: Why risk diagnostic testing?

With the increased miscarriage risk from CVS and amnio, why would I consider testing?

Re: With the increased miscarriage risk from CVS and amnio, why would I consider testing?

The Bump Expert

It all depends on what makes you more nervous -- being unsure about baby's condition, or (very slightly) increasing miscarriage risk. For some parents, the test results will determine the next action -- if the results show a serious birth defect, you may decide to terminate the pregnancy. Even if you plan on having the baby no matter what, though, there are reasons to test (though some parents feel that if they’re not considering termination, there’s no reason to increase the risk of miscarriage just for the sake of knowing). If the test comes up positive, you’ll have time to learn about your child’s specific disorder, prepare emotionally, and start arranging any special care and resources that baby may need after birth. Your doctor will be prepared to deliver a baby with a special condition, and can make sure any necessary resources, including a neonatal intensive care unit, are available. The disorder may also affect the safest way to deliver baby (vaginal birth vs. c-section). And, if the test results show up negative, you’ll be able to take a major worry off your mind. (Though no test will detect every problem, it can definitely rule out enough for a big sigh of relief.)

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

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Why risk diagnostic testing?

I'm not doing the diagnostic testing for many reasons. The #1 reason is the lack of testing done on the effects of Sonograms. I think people who are considering the testing should really do some research into what problems can be caused by sonograms and doppler monitoring. It's scary. I trust in God and know that I will have the baby He intends for me to have and that I am strong enough to succeed in whatever challenge He brings me.

Ruthandbaby |

Q&A: Why risk diagnostic testing?

I do not have a history of birth defects in my family, the only thing I should possibly be weary of is diabetics but even that has never appeared in any children only in adults. If I had a history of these things I would be more inclined to get a lot of testing done, but I nor the father have any of that present. It will save time, pain, and money.

Spazkat1220 |

Q&A: Why risk diagnostic testing?

I am 27 and pregnant with my second child. I did not do testing with my first girl and she turned out so beautifully. I am not going to do any testing with this baby either as nothing will change my decision on having this baby. I think there are a few to many paranoid people out there and this is just one more thing to feed into that fear of the unknown. Also I have heard of misdiagnoses happening with some of the testing, one of my friends was told that her child would have down syndrome and she was born with absolutely nothing wrong with her. I do not think the risk is worth it bottom line.

Floritism |

Q&A: Why risk diagnostic testing?

I don't feel there is any reason for us to test either. It's not going to change the outcome and I don't think we need any extra stress, or worry. If there is nothing we can do to help or treat the disease than what is the point, really.

sameriah |

Q&A: Why risk diagnostic testing?

i will be doing the test. even though i have no family history five months ago i was pregnant with my twins and when i had the test they came back positive a couple weeks later i lost them due to a incpt cervix however at birth the had no visible problems i still want to know if my unborn child might have a problem and if its treatable then the doctors can treat it the sooner the better.

anmagyari |

Q&A: Why risk diagnostic testing?

My sister in law was also told her baby would most likely have Down's Syndrome and she turned out to be a perfectly healthy little girl. Even if it were 100% accurate, I don't really see how knowing for a few extra months is really going to prepare me for a disabled child, so i'm choosing not to have the tests done. I can do plenty of research and preparing once the baby is born IF there are issues, so unless the tests change what I need to do for the baby during pregnancy and/or at delivery, I really don't see a reason to do it for me.

ellajune2012 |