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Q&A: Second trimester tests?

What prenatal tests will I have in the upcoming months?

Re: What prenatal tests will I have in the upcoming months?

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Here's what you can expect in your second trimester. For more info on these procedures, check out our prenatal tests overview.

[ ] Phase two ultrasound

[ ] Amniocentesis

[ ] Triple/quad screen

[ ] Glucose challenge screening

[ ] Urine screening for glucose and protein

The Bump Editors

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You will have to have the Rhogam shot as well if you have a negative blood type around the 28th week. Anf the Glucose test. I think you would only need an amnio if you have a high risk pregnancy or if there is something wrong.

Dawn.Goode |

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Apparently if you live in California, they also now require an amnio.

alecto819 |

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glucose tolerance test

a6cabral |

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alecto819, you have to be kidding...there's no way they can require you to do a test that has a slight chance of making you miscarry.

babydragonsister |

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nobody can require you to have an amnio...it is an elective procedure. I am not sure what that comment was in reference to? possibly a reccomendation for an amnio if you have a high risk pregnancy?

kerry2005 |

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I live in Cali and I've never heard that an Amnio is required- that's actually quite absurd! Are most of you doing the triple/quad screen?

Megan Elizabeth |

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They definitely do not require an Amnio in California (I live there too) However CA does cover the cost of all triple test screening which I think is fantastic. I have my second bloodwork/Ultrasound tomorrow. On the first round of tests, we had a super low chance of down syndrome (1 in 34,000) and trisomy ( 1 in 94,000) which was great peace of mind .

WithoutMelissa |

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IV HAD ALL OF THEM

ashleyfrew |

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My husband is totally against genetic testing. Says we wouldn't do anything different anyway, so why worry? I don't totally agree because I would like to have a "heads up" or to just be reassured. Anyone else have this experience?

luckygirl17 |

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Also from CA--I can see why somebody would feel like all the genetic tests are required. The pamplets the doctors hand you talk about California State Law and seem official. The law is that the testing should be offered and provided to everyone who wants it. Fortunately, the testing isn't required. However, I do believe that if you choose not to be tested, that you have to sign something that says you turned down testing. I'm 8w6d, and skipping the testing because in my own experience (which I know is statistically very small), I've known of two people with false positives and no people who actually had the baby diagnosed with a genetic disorder. What is worse is that the false-positives were not able to confirm with amnio b/c they didn't have enough fluid. Seems like at this point I have enough to worry about. Maybe later in the pregnancy I'll decide to do some testing.

DreaMe23 |

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Luckygirl17, we wouldn't do anything differently either, if the baby was down's, but I agree with you and we did have the testing, just so we could be prepared and everything turned out great with our NT scan! Woo Hoo - we still have the AFP (or whatever they call it these days) later this month - I'm sure everything will be fine with or without testing, but I just feel better knowing in advance. .

BrandyL2 |

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My husband and I agree we wouldn't do anything differently but I agree the testing is a good idea just so you do have a heads up just incase there is something or just to give you peace of mind that your baby is healthy.

LDeckers |

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I have just recently had the amnio done and waiting for the results is agonizing. I had a 1 in 43 chance that my baby will have Down Syndrome based on the screening test so we decided to get the amnio. At this point, I'm almost wishing that we never had the screening tests done at all. I don't know if we would do anything different depending on the results. Its a lot to think/worry about. As this is my first pregnancy, I'm also wondering if having such a high risk at this point will make future pregnancies a higher risk.

KristyS17 |

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Also in CA. We are not going to do any of the optional tests, including the amnio. We have also decided against the flu and H1N1 vaccine. The doctor just doesn't know this yet, and I am hoping we won't be met with disapproval or argument considering he told me at the last appointment that I'd be getting the vaccines at the next visit (if H1N1 is available yet). I would rather not take any risks with any extra needles and foreign substances.

greggandlinds |

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My husband and I disagree genetic testing...both of are thought is if it happens then I'm sure I will be worrying about them for the rest of my life....so why add 7 or 6 months to stress me out....and I've had a friend who said there child as a disorder and when the baby was born she came out perfect....so its a choice they will have to make

denalynne2003 |

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Glucose tolerance test

mariarx@mac.com |

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California does not require any genetic testing. I am 15 1/2 weeks and have turned down the testing due to the fact that I do not want a false postive to make me anxious. In addition, I did not have to sign anything documenting that I turned it down.

Luv2dnce81 |

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My husband originally did not like the idea of genetic testing. He felt that the result would not change our minds about our baby. Although I agree, my sister was born with spina bifida and back there was no screening and both my mom and doctor were unprepared when she was born. She is a twin and when she was born my mom barely had time to kiss her and then they had to send her by helicoptor to a hospital better equipped to treat her. My father went along with her. So one baby was with mom and one baby was with dad. The twins were not reunited until several weeks later. Although knowing that my mom was carrying a baby with spina bifida would not change their minds about whether or not to have her, my mom wishes now that she knew so that she could have delivered at the hospital my sister ended up at. Everyone could have stayed together and my mom wouldn't have been seperated from her baby. For this reason I went ahead with the genetic screening and the baby is so far healthy and does not have spina bifida. I think mom, dad, and baby benifit from knowing ahead of time. Just to be prepared and give baby the best chance to overcome obstacles he/she may have. Update on my baby sis: She is 17 and graduating HS this year. Aside from so nerve loss in her feet and a slight walking limp she is perfect :)

Kristi0404 |

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I am getting a test done for Spinal Ambifida (sp?) and something else. During my 1st trimester I had an ERA done as well.

LLShrestha |

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I am getting the screening test done at my next visit. I think I would also like to know ahead if Ihave anything to worry about then I have the glucose test at the next visit. I cant wait until my next visit because I am having the ultrasound. This is my first child so I am so excited and also I was told I couldn't have kids so its great.

bryson111288 |

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glucose

shepherd1 |

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Ultra Screening for Down's Syndrome

rczerw |

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Luckygirl17- My doctor told me that theres a higher chance of a false positive result for those tests than an accurate positive. And She told me theres no reason to get the test and worry about it if its a false positive cuz it causes un-needed stress. I skipped the test and I feel 100% confident in that decision.

JordanMarie71489 |

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Quad Screen.

catherinehday |

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I don't understand the "we wouldn't do anything differently'" comments. If you have a baby with Downs or some other genetic disorder you would have to do some things differently. That baby is going to require a lot more care than other babies. I think it would be great to have a heads up on what you are going to be dealing with. However with the risk of miscarriage that amnio brings I would prefer to avoid it. The other tests seem pretty safe though.

britanie |

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When asked if we are doing any of these screenings, my husband and I say we aren't because "we wouldn't do anything differently." We simply mean that we wouldn't abort our baby if it looked as though things weren't "normal." That we wouldn't do anything differently as far as the pregnancy is concerned. Even with the thought of having a "heads-up" if there was some kind of issue, we wanted to enjoy my being pregnant and not stress over something that is more likely to be incorrect than actually preparing us for anything. I'm not sure if that is what the other ladies mean, but that's what I mean when I have said that. :)

luvmysgt |

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If you do the actual genetic testing (CVS) there is no such thing as a "false positive". Many of the tests leading up to that can rule things out. For example if the ultrasound does not show any issues then you may personally decide not to proceed with any further tests since the chances of anything being wrong are much lower. But if you do the actual CVS it will tell you one way or another and DNA does not lie.

christyatlbride |

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My husband and I thought the triple screen was a "cut and dry" answer to whether or not our baby would have Down's or anything else. I'm wishing now someone would have told me about all the false-positives and I hadn't done the stupid test. I agree with others, that it will be beneficial to have heads up to "prepare," but now I'm sitting anxiously waiting for my ultrasound Dec. 2nd to find out more info. The cut off at my doctor's office is 1/270, I'm sitting at 1/239. She told me that I have LESS than 1% chance that my baby has Down's, but it's still not very comforting. I've done nothing but PRAY since I found out. I hope everything is ok.

iup9802 |

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For those of you like me, who didn't get the genetic screening tests, they can tell most of the abnormalities via ultrasound. The only reason they do the tests early is so you can terminate the pregnancy if you don't want a child with abnormalities.

bhardy15 |

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So I had a test done and baby has a 1 in 13000 chance of being born with down syndrome. Then every appointment I have a pee test. Are they testing my pee for protein/glucose? I need to ask my OB how long my baby was so I htink I'll ask what they test my pee for also. I think I want to be tested for gestational diabetes. I asked my ultrasound tech if baby lhad any abnormalities and she said no and the baby was the right size and my OB wasnt concerned so i think im having a normal pregnancy which is a huge relief because i can handle the stress of everything else but anything going wrong with baby.

Dannyswifey10 |

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I am not getting any extra testing done. Being 28, I don't think it is necessary, however, I was concerned about the H1N1. I had the flu at 6 weeks, and was on Tamaflu. So far everything has progressed on schedule, and I was even given the flu shots at my 9th week ultrasound. I am a teacher and at high-risk with children that have been infected throughout the year. Originally, when I found out I had the Swine, a student in my class who I had sent home sick just 2 days prior, ended up in the hospital with Swine. Supposedly, I could have been on the Tamaflu prevention at that point instead of getting sick and having to do the treatment. I think parents should be required to notify the school that the student had H1N1 and teachers should be told for our protection. If a kid gets lice, we are told about it and a letter is sent home informing the parents, but they can't do that with the SWINE!

TeachVicky |

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With my first son I was 20 and had the quad screen done. There was a chance of him having Downs Syndrome. We had the amniocentesis done, and he was fine. The quad screen is not a cut and dry answer, it shows the chances of an abnormality. He's 100%fine, it was just precautionary. I had the test done with my second son, and now my third. I take it as a precautionary step. If there were to be something wrong, then we're able to prepare as much as we could.

Karol_K |

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I am 21 and having my first baby and the doctor told me with how young me and my husband are there was almost no chance of the baby having any defects. Now that I am almost 23 weeks I am wishing I would have gotten the testing just for reassurance. I feel like I have to worry the next 17 weeks if the baby will have something wrong with her. Are there any early signs to be able to tell?

Lizzy8852 |

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I did the NT ultrasound and blood work and the blood work showed my risk of Trisomy 13 or 18 to be 1 in 84. I had a follow up ultrasound which is showing some of the signs (which I am told are also found in "normal" babies) and we are a wreck. I am undecided on the amnio as the risk of miscarriage is more than a risk I want to take. I don't know whether it's better to go about the pregnancy blissfully unaware or know something might be wrong and worry every single minute.

tinamarie2181@verizon.net |

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I had the glucose test done the other day, and my baby was kicking and bouncing for the rest of the day. Is that normal for baby to be more active when theres a sugar overload?

abaslittlegirl@yahoo.com |

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the sequential screening

Jaclyn1989 |

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Most Dr's do not offer an amniocentesis to every patient, they usually only offer it to the patients who have their pentice screening (which is blood work) done at 12weeks and it comes back abnormal. The reason is because amnio does carry a risk and that's why they don't offer it to all patietns. Basically it's a test to see whether or not your baby will have Down's or not.

Coopersmom09 |

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I live in Cali and I just refused to do an amnio and any screening for disorders with my baby. You can do that -- they just highly suggest doing the testing. BUT YOU CAN REFUSE. You just have to sign your life away on forms. Haha

Liz.Haugen |

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I refused to have the quad screening done because of the percentage of false positives. It said it was only 20 % accurate in women under 35 for diagnosing Down Syndrome, and even though it might be 80% accurate in diagnosing Spina Bifida, I was reassured that would be able to be seen via ultrasound. They also have several ways of diagnosing Down Syndrome via ultrasound as well, various markers and measurements. I also refused having the Cystic Fibrosis test done as my husband and I have no family history of it. I also don't want to find out the sex of the baby, but he is very insistent on that. :)

amt2002 |

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I had the nuchal translucency test done only in order to prepare for a child with a disability if this was to be the case. Let me tell you - all I can say is think long and hard before you have it done. If your plan is definitely to abort a child with an issue, than have it. If you are like my husband and I and were going to have the baby no matter what and just wanted to prepare, than I do not recommend having the test done. My test produced positive results with an off-the-chart reading of the fold of the baby's neck. All the doctors and specialists were all saying that they never see that high and all went into alarm mode. They told me that I had a 1/2 chance of having a baby with downs or trisomy 18. I ended up opting for CVS, just for clarification and more accuracy rates, a few days later. The long, agonizing wait for the results (9 days) was unbearable. I put my body through stress and lost considerable amounts of weight. I ended up in the hospital because I began bleeding (but was concerning despite the fact that I had been bleeding reguarly throughout the entire pregnancy) and this could have been a sign of miscarriage. It was just simply agonizing. Turns out - NO CHROMOSOMAL ABNORMALIITIES! It was a miracle and I count every blessing. Even the doctor's appeared shocked. We are not out of the woods yet, as the folds can also indicate heart defects, as well as other issues, and have more tests to do, but a huge weight has been lifted for sure. It was the most stressful experience of our lives to date and I think they should have a test that yields more accurate results that is as less invasive as the NT test.

scaredmom2be |

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What is the triple/quad screening?

tjordan8402 |

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I recommend the genetic testing. I just went through it and it was a roller coaster of emotions. It still is. Those of you who are blessed enough to have your results turn out positively I am so happy for you. I am not one of the lucky ones. I am 20 weeks pregnant, my baby has Trisomy 18 and we are devastated. But knowing gives me the opportunity to research and be prepared and make our birthing plans. I could write for pages and pages about how how devastating this is and how hard waiting for results. Knowing breaks my heart, but now that I do know I can prepare my children and my family and myself for the devastating loss that is to come. Ignorance is bliss sometimes, but not in the case of Trisomy 18.

tml1122 |

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The only screening I am having is the blood test for down's and ultra sounds of course, I'm 15 weeks and have had three miscarriges prior to this. This is as far as I've ever come in pregnancy and I just don't want to take the risk...

agourlay10389 |

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I am 11 weeks and I will be having my NT on the 11th of Feb. I also have had the blood tests. I elected to have to them due to the suggestion of the OB however I am not concerned, God's got it under control! My little man will be perfect!

juicycute909 |

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I decided against all screenings even though my partner was for them. I'm not the type of person to abort a child, so it doesn't make a difference to me. I will prepare for the 20wk ultrasound (which can detect most abnormalities anyway) and will go from there.

cheerkri |

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I am 37 and have the blood work at 12 weeks and came back 1/170 for Down's Syndrome and 1/3,500 for Tri 18. I was devastated. But my NT was perfectly normal. I had to put in perspective, that it meant, my baby has a 99.5% chance of being healthy. My hubby and I decide it doesn't matter anyway. So we are passing on the next blood test between 15-20 weeks. I can't drive myself crazy for the next 6 months.

Mommy2Cammy |

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I highly suggest amnio for anyone who is over 35. We had the integrated screen with a 1 in 5 chance of D.S. My husband and I just had our amnio and came back with results of positive for Down Syndrome. I think anyone who is against genetic testing is just really OK with having the surprise of a lifetime when you have a child with disability- I'm glad we know ahead of time, now we can focus on other things we need to plan on for our lives together.

acmonkie |

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Mommy2Cammy - I'd advise taking the second trimester blood test. My result for the 1st trimester test was 1/320 for DS. I did the second trimester blood test and my combined test results came back at 1/5,400! I was so relieved and opted not to get an amnio. If I would have just stuck with the 1st trimester results I'd be driving myself crazy about the 1/320 result.

violet02` |

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After getting a false positive I had to fight to get a timely aminio done after the doctor decided he just wasn't doing them that day and his next opening was 2 weeks away. Unlike most posters on this questions, my husband and I would have aborted if the baby had a defect like Downs. What I ran into was a medical conspiracy to hold results and testing off as long as possible to take that choice away from me. Only you know what's right for you and even if it's the choice to test or not to test DON'T LET THEM TAKE YOUR CHOICE FROM YOU. Only you know what's best for you and your peace of mind.

Paintchic26 |

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I will not be having the screening. It's not that I am against genetic testing, rather I am a very anxious and worrisome person and I would stress way too much over it. I'm not even a religious person, but I feel that whatever happens happens and I will cross that bridge when I get to it. I'll continue to read up on these disorders, so that I am not totally ignorant. We conceived on the first try and I am 35 years old. My OB says there is a much higher chance of having a 100% healthy baby than not. I am 14 weeks and I finally getting comfortable. I'm not putting myself through more stress.

caseymm |

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I don't want any test and I'm not doing any. My husband and I both agreed that we want our baby however God intended for us to have it. I was told I was a cystic fibrosis carrier and my husband needed to get tested, at the end of the day, we chose not to - why rack our brains with worry for the next few months - Just going to enjoy them as much as we can, and give our baby as much love as we've got.

imariec |

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I recommend the genetic testing. I just went through it and it was a roller coaster of emotions. It still is. Those of you who are blessed enough to have your results turn out positively I am so happy for you. I am not one of the lucky ones. I am 20 weeks pregnant, my baby has Trisomy 18 and we are devastated. But knowing gives me the opportunity to research and be prepared and make our birthing plans. I could write for pages and pages about how how devastating this is and how hard waiting for results. Knowing breaks my heart, but now that I do know I can prepare my children and my family and myself for the devastating loss that is to come. Ignorance is bliss sometimes, but not in the case of Trisomy 18. tml1122 | February 01 , 2010 8:31 AM **************************************************************************************** thanks for your post. i feel like some people just want to PREACH and this is not the proper forum. save it for church.

kita09 |

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We have chosen to not get genetic testing done with our next pregnancy. This is my first pregnancy, and we opted to do the blood test for Downs in my second trimester. I received a call from the nurse, informing me that our baby did not have Down's, but my test results came back abnormal for trisomy 18. My doctor's office was able to get me into the office for an ultrasound the next day. The ultrasound took about an hour, as they were checking for specific measurements and abnormalities. The doctor was confident that our baby did not have Trisomy 18, but the only way to be certain was to have an amnio done. We decided to do this the very next day. Waiting for the test results over the next two weeks was terrible. The stress and anxiety was unbearable, and I ended up losing weight. During the ultrasound to check for symptoms, we found out that we were having a baby girl. I was so devistated and worried, I felt that we could not even properly celebrate the fact that we knew what we were having. We finally received the test results, and were blessed with a healthy baby girl. She does not have Trisomy 18. We have decided that we will not go through this again with our next pregnancy. It is just not worth it for my physically, mentally, or emotionally. My heart goes out to parents that have gotten a positive test result.

jblai03 |

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Glucose tolerance test

jenaecurry |

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My husband and I decided against doing the genetics test. We feel that it would not change how we feel about our baby.  Pregnancy Ticker

tina1127 |

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i have had my ultrasound anddue to go to my midwife next week, i am currently 20 weeks 1day i skipped amnio in this pregnancy and in my last. im 21 an i worry tooo much as it is IF my baby does have downs then i will still love it as i do my older daughter. here in uk were are not made to do any of the triple tests or the amnio x

millylou |

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oh man! i hate the glucose test!!

cupcakecourt10 |

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luckygirl17 my husband was against at first but then decided he would would back up what decision i was comfortable with because we both agreed that because i am soo high rish with seizure disorders and cp and blood clots that even though we would never do anything different its nice to have a heads up and be prepared to have time to ask questions .

Panda0116 |

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I missed the first part of tests and am planning on doing a quad screen. Did this happen to anyone? My husband and I also agreed we would just like to know if there is something wrong so we could prepare.

solomwhi |

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I dont agree with testing for downs unless it runs in the family. Most of the time it is not accurate, its just a guess... and the glucose give me a break... I think alot of the testing done now a days is HOGWASH, they didnt do it back then when I was born and I turned out great!... Now when can I eat sushi Im dying!

mrsweingart |

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I am 17 weeks and have waived all genetic testing. I will also waive the flu and H1N1 vaccines.

dragonfly623 |

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all of these answers make me nervous. i am a first time mom and i am 20. i have no idea what these tests are and the way some of you are talking about them make me worried. i am very almost terrified of needles although i have been better with getting blood taken. i am almost 17 weeks pregnant and i have had blood taken twice. what is the amino test and te glucose - isnt that the sugar test that you have to drink something and then wait an hour to get blood taken? im sorry i really just dont know

mandyLDW |

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phase two ultrasound

drickia23 |

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phase 2 ultrasound amniocentesis triple/quad screen urin screening for glucose and protein

mmarielove |

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I live in Canada and I chose to get the prenattal screenig, which only has 2 parts here, with my first preg we got a false positive for spina bifida and they tried to force an amnio on me which I didnt take, the only reason I chose to take it again was so I could see more ultrasounds.

halloweenbride87 |

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my husband and i declined to have the genetic testing done, as we were sure that even if we got a positive (which has a high chance of being false) it wouldn't change a thing about how we will proceed - except to add unnecessary mental stress.

viktorka |

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I am 12 weeks and they havent done any blood work. When am I supposed to be

courtneygauthier |

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I had the NT ultrasound and bloodwork scan which came out great. And I also just had the spina bifida bloodwork done. Haven't gotten the results back yet on that. The Spina Bifida was completely optional, but because i've had 2 miscarriages doc wanted me to do the NT scan. I wouldn't do the amnio because i wouldn't want to risk another miscarriage, but i'll do the non evasive ones.

Mrslovebugs |

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I just had a CVS test done at 11.5 weeks. Had it at Johns Hopkins last wednesday and they called with results 8am this morning... all chromosomes look great. And Im having a girl. For me the procedure was a breeze. I had no pain, no bleeding/spotting or fluid leaks. I am a single mother and the baby's father and I wanted to know what plans to make for us and baby based on the results of the testing. I am 100% happy I had the test!

astikaWed128619 |

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I'm pregnant at 39 which makes my pregnancy high risk and chose not to have the amnio because I know of the risk & complications plus I hate needles I'm a baby myself when it comes to things like that so I've been having inavasive screenings done every two weeks and my little girl is healthy and growing.

Marsha05 |

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I just came back from having my quad screening done....lol these surprise shots are a doozy for me because my doc simply states "you'll be going to the lab" and it instantly registers in my mind as "oh no another blood draw!"

TiffyC1920 |

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Do amniocentesis hurt and could they hurt the baby? I have just turned 18 and have no clue what's going on.

SarahLouiseNelson |

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I had my blood taken yesterday for the first time since I was little and they busted the veins in both arms.

SarahLouiseNelson |

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I am sure that this question has been answered to death but from my experience (Cali resident) an Amnio is not a required test. We found out that there are complications with my son at our 20 wk u/s. We were refereed to a specialist and she did a 2nd u/s. She then gave us the option to have an Amnio to see if there are any genetic disorders. We decided against it only because she said that she did not see any hard / soft markers to indicate that there was a further problems. So it is my belief that an amnio is not required. If they were my doc is slacking!

cadalacgirl62 |

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Glucose tolerance test

jbunn1983 |

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I would get the amnio. I refused it with my child because I figured knowing wouldn't change anything, I would have him no matter what. I really wish I would have done it so I could be prepared before he was born. He's been in the NICU for 3 weeks now because of problems caused by cystic fibrosis. For the first 2 weeks we weren't sure what was wrong because we had to wait for all the tests to come back.

TessDeSrat |

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I think the internet is sometimes a dangerous thing. I want women reading this to realize that most women who have these tests done do not get a positive (i.e., bad) result. I had the first trimester screening for peace of mind. And it provided just that. Also, some of the posts here are very troubling. First, Downs Syndrome does not run in families. Second, in a given flu season, 1 out of 10 people get the flu. This can have very serious complications for pregnant women and their babies. The vaccine that is used contains a dead virus (they should never give a pregnant woman the up-the-nose weakened live virus) and is safe for pregnant women. Plus, immunity is passed on to your baby and lasts during the first 6 months of his or her life when the flu would be most detrimental if s/he were to get it.

rcornel |

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why prenatal test

Swapna123 |

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My husband and I thought there was nothing wrong with getting some genetic testing. My first set of test came up with me being a carrier of cystic fibrosis. I had never been so scared in my life. I waited almost 3 weeks for my husband's test to come in. Thank God it was negative, but I probably caused alot of harm to my baby by worrying so much about something I could not control. Even if my husband and I were positive for cystic fibrosis, and we risked doing an amniocentesis...true confirmation would still have to come when the baby is born and its test to come back. In that time it would have eaten us alive and ruin the happy moments that is pregnancy. Those 3 weeks I was not "glowing", I had a little cloud over my head of worry. I refuse to do anymore genetic testings.

ChemAngel33 |

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I would just like to share my experience i am pro genetic testing because just as many of you have said it doesnt run in my family i thought i was out of the woods too... I had my first son at in 2004 i was 20 years old at the time and when they came to me about all the genetic testing i was going to say no but something made me change my mind and im glad i did. turns out that the genetic testing came back with abdominal wall defect and it ended up being Gastroschisis ( intestines were growing outside) i was devestated but we were able to plan accordingly because babies with birthdefects require more attention and special deliveries. i delivered at 34 weeks and im glad we had an idea of what was to come because my son needed surgery right after birth and because we knew what to expect we were able to meet the surgeon, the NICU team and have everyone prepared for the delivery. Now im 15 weeks pregnant and because of my history my OB has been super careful and running all the extra test fortunatly we know everything is fine.

vcamacho86 |

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I had an amnio 2 weeks ago, it's unpleasant, but not terrible. It is most uncomfortable when it passes through the uterus, as the uterus starts to spasm. It's important to remember that the amnio only detects genetic issues, not everything possible. The best part is that we have absolutely no questions about sex of the baby!

nicolebouch |

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I was just notified today by my Perinatal Dr that my tests came back and I have increased risk of Down Syndrome. He said that an Amino is a personal decision but I am very scared. I have had 2 miscarriages in the past 6 years and this baby seemed to be just find. They completed 3 Ultrasounds and all looked good. He said that i have to complete another ultrasound this week and then we can decide on the Amino. I am very confused on what to do.

vsjroberts |

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I was tested for certain diseases because of my heritage. It turned out that I am carrier for a horrible disease that I had never heard of before I Googled as I hung up with my doctor's office. Now my husband's blood is being tested. Although I am nervous awaiting his result, I am glad I know that I carry this gene that will be passed on. If my husband is also a carrier we have a 1 in 4 chance that the baby and any other children we may have will be born with the disease. I am glad I know my status and am eager to find out my husband's so we can prepare for the future.

abbtorney |

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My husband and I decided no to get any tets done. My twin had the tests done and they also gave her a false negative. My niece is perfect. So we just prefer not to get them done. Just like every one else said, if we knew we had a child with down syndrome, it would not change my mind of having this baby. either way god gives you a task like that because he knows your capable of dealing with it : )

ms.jimenez |

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 BabyFetus Ticker It's really confusing to me. I already have two children, and never did anything but the glucose test. It's also been 8 years since my last child was born. But all of these tests are overwhelming. I feel like they are going to look at me like I am a bad mom or something if I don't get them. I hate worrying.

tiffanypedrotti |

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I personally will not be having the amnio test done, for the simple fact that a close friend of mine miscarried TWICE because of it. My baby will be my baby no matter what.

allisonbuchanan64 |

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Your friend must have the worst doctor ever, actual percentages of amniocentesis-related miscarriage rate is 0.06%. If you're going to continue a pregnancy regardless of the outcome, then no there is no point in wasting the time and money necessary to perform the test. If you're like me, and have no intention on keeping a baby with serious genetic defects, and you fail the blood screenings, then yes, you should test.

mcwhittaker |

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how many weeks leave for the morning sickness to leave?

petrina2k2 |

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What do I expect at my second check up?

mztweety2005 |

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I can see why someone would be against genetic screening, but I also think that it is best to be as prepared as possible just in case. I'm at 16w 1d right now and have had my first round of blood tests and the NT ultrasound... we are doing the second set of blood tests after we get back from holiday travels. The blood tests really aren't bed because they only take one vial of blood, and it was great to have the NT because it is one more chance to see the progress of your baby's growth with your own eyes. And, there is also a slight chance to find out the sex of your baby earlier than your 20w ultrasound if you get it done late enough in the window (if you even want to find out). My cousin and his wife found out they were having a boy at 14w at their NT. Not so for us since we had ours at 12w 4d, but it was still amazing to see our baby go from looking like a blob, to an actual tiny human being!

jngotro |

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I am 14 weeks pregnant and I am about to have my very first Dr visit. What all can I expect to happen?

Kelce |

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Glucose test and nothing else... others are completely unnecessary unles you are high risk

kolesen |

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gestational diabetes

katebaril |

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I cannot believe you have all these extra tests. No wonder healthcare is soooooooo expensive. Everyone should have a healthy baby by all means, but not everyone is high risk. Please enjoy being pregnant and forget the creepy 3D ultrasounds. Amnios have risk. Relax and enjoy. If any of you are on Welfare I truly object to uneccessary testing because I am paying for all your kids!!!!!!!!!

katebaril |

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You don't get Rhogam unless you are negative and your baby is positive. Then you get it when you deliver. Who screens these answers. Improper info could really scare people.

katebaril |

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We did them all. If you decide to do so, make sure you know what your out of pocket expense may be. Insurance doesn't cover every test.

sherricethomas |

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No one can force you to have an amniocentesis and they truly are not neccesarry. They are also dangerous. I cannot see how any mother could risk a miscarraige of her unborn child just to receive details on a possible genetic disorder. The blood test they do on your baby right after he/she is born would be able to tell you the exact same thing.

distymawn |

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I'm 18 weeks pregnant, and my doctor scheduled blood work for what it thought to be routine tests. They accurally tested for birth defect risks. Was i supposed to sign a release for these tests, or is it standard?

miloree2012 |

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I am now 17 weeks pregnant and have genetic testing scheduled for next week. I did not opt for the amnio with either of my other two pregnancies, but I am going to have it done if I am shown to be at high risk for any of the genetic disorders they test for. I know there is a chance of miscarriage associated with amnio, but as a nurse who works with disabled children, I understand how different caring for a disabled child and one that is healthy can be. There are things that you can to do prepare for the baby's arrival, the necessary research and finding a doctor that will be the best capable to provide for that child's special needs. Unlike most posting here my husband and I would choose to terminate if there were genetic defects. We know that we are not equipped to take on a child that is disabled. For us, it would mean having to survive on one income so I could stay at home to take care of the disabled child, and we could not survive on just his income. So, the best thing for us, is to find out with 100% certainty if the baby has genetic defects or not.

mdruss5373 |

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Genetic testings including Amnio and CVS are elective in all states, including California. I just can't understand why my doc keeps pushing the CVS which has a higher risk of miscarriage. No high-risk but just cause I just passed the 35 yr mark.

newmoon423 |

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They say its important to do these test if your over 35 because your at high risk of more issues. But my friend who is 37 had one and they said everything was good and that the baby was strong with no problems. When she hit 5 months they found liquid in the babies lungs, and after trying to drain the liquid there was nothing they could do and she had to terminate. So while the CVS and Amnio might detect some things you never know whats going to happen. Also you have to remember they didn't do all these test back in the day and plenty of women had perfectly fine babies after the age of 35.

HoneyPumpkin29 |

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Ultrasound

tscw@2009 |

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Okay to: mdruss5373, you can't just terminate a pregnancy at 17 weeks just because the baby is disabled and/or has a genetic disorder. A Dr. will only agree to do that if the baby is too ill to even make it full-term. If you think you can just decide to terminate a pregnancy that late in the game because you don't want a disabled child then that is insane and you should not be procreating period.

RachyD |

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I am 24 years old. 18 weeks pregnant and very healthy. My husband and I decided not to do the amnio. I had an anatomy scan done last week. And the doc scared the living daylights out of me. She kept insisting I do one. I started getting nervous and asked her if everything was ok. And she didnt give me a direct answer. All she said was "you never know! The baby is still too small and blah blah blah" I left crying. Why do these docs to that?!!

ShanelleR22 |

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I am 19w 6d I do not recommend The AFP screening. Mine came back low for down syndrome. Go in next week for the amnio. Waiting is the most terrible feeling but no matter what she is mine.

jenstrit |

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This is my 3rd pregnancy and I have never had an amnio. My children were all healthy though and we have no negative medical history on either side. I would imagine your family health and those type of things are factors in the doctor's decision to request you have one done. You can always decide to go against their decision, it is your body and your child.

lindsay1111 |

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this is my 3rd and im high risk,specially for early labor and mc.so i will not be doing any invasive tests like the amnio. i had one done with my first becuase they wanted to take him early cause of eclampsia but we found out through the test his lungs were not ready so in that case im glad i did it.but refuse it w this one. ive already had a glucose test done the 1 hr and 3hr ,im high risk for gd also which is why. i'll be 15wks this thursday.if i wasnt high risk id probly go ahead and do it since health issues run on both sides of the fam.

tashar27 |

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rachyd_____ actually you can choose to have an abortion at 17wks if something is wrong with the baby. a lot of places will do abortion up to 24wks even if theres nothing wrong,some states have a cut off but many do not. now that being said i dont think its right for someone to do so that late in pregnancy.im just saying they do have that choice.i would never do it,even if my child had/has issues.i do understand where she is coming from though and that is her and her hubbies choice nobody has the right to judge them on that.they know they wouldnt be able to support and take care of a special needs child then for them that may be the right thing to do.

tashar27 |

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I don't know what states that applies to, sounds kinda strange..but I know atleast in TX two of my girlfriends, one at 13 weeks and the other at 20 weeks both wanted abortions and were both denied because they were considered too late. Most Dr's and clinics I'm familiar with say they refuse to perform abortions after a woman is 3 months pregnant. I understand it has to be heartbreaking to learn that your child may have a genetic disorder or disability but if you can't care for it and you are past the 3 months pregnant, I think a good option is to give the baby up for adoption rather than terminating it.

RachyD |

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a 24 week abortion--- I know that I'm getting into 'gray area' here--but a child can survive out of the womb @ 24 weeks with NICU help. That practice is creepy... legal or not.

Isaiah40 |

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With this being my first pregnancy, I've felt like my doctor's office is almost trying to "sell" me all of these extra tests....many of which may not be covered by my insurance, which means I would have to pay out of pocket for many of them. I work with special needs children everyday....Down Syndrom, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida...you name. Knowing that there are chances of disability is very disconcerting but the fact remains that I will still have this baby if I had the knowledge in hand. There is enough worry about having a healthy child without having to deal with potentially 'true' or 'false' positives from extra tests. We will do the best we can to care for a child with a disability if that is the card we're dealt. As for now, I'm choosing to spend the next 6 months just trying to enjoy being pregnant.

ToriNicole77 |

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This is my 8th child. The only tests I allowed were some basic blood tests they do at the start and the ultrasound. I will let them do the Rhogam as I have O- blood and my ex has O+. I refused the amnio as it caused my mother to have a miscarriage and I wouldn't abort anyway no matter what they told me. They weren't happy about it because I'm 38 years old. I can't imagine ever wanting to do the glucose. They only try to force it on me because most of mine have been over 9 lbs.

autumn56789 |

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I was totally against having the amnio done it would not change my mind on my baby i only had the test needed and that was normal ultra sound but im also only 18 weeks along but i did learn i have a thing called SUA any one heard of it? Its having only one Artry in the Umbillical Cord. They say not to stress and worry to much but this is my first baby and my husband is deployed so im a little scared

cdroberts10 |

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Does every pregnant women have to get a glucose tolerance test done?

ShelbeeAndMatt |

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Many of you spoke about Down Syndrome and "Trisomy" as if they are 2 different things.... Down Syndrome is Trisomy 21, meaning their are 3 on the 21st chromosome present. There are other types of trisomy as well; Trisomy 13 and 18 are the ones that are most common after Down Syndrome, and also Trisomy 17 (which is usually fatal). I have a daughter with Down Syndrome and have interacted with many children with other trisomies as well (T18, T13, T9 mosaic, partial T5 mosaic).... all of these children are such little blessings and were blessed to be given the chance at life. I am having the triple screen and nuchal trans test this time around just to know how to prepare, as well as an echo, but will not have an amnio due to the risk for miscarriage.

KitKat914 |

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THERE IS BLOOD WORK DONE IN THE SECOND TRIMESTER TOO???? I THOUGHT I WAS DONE... I'V HAD TO GET MY BLOOD DRAWN TWICE AND I JUST TOOK THE TEST FOR DOWN SYNDROME. I AM NOW ALMOST 13 WEEKS.

MISSD123 |

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What is a triple/quad screen test? When is it done? I am 26 weeks already, did I miss something, or did I have the test and not know it? Confused.

35baby |

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My husband and I are on the fence right now for the amnio. But its difficult for us right now as we had a 'vanishing twin' which means any blood tests would not be accurate. I don't like the idea of miscarry from amnio.

tammercer@hotmail.com |

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What is the triplie/quad screen?

shaecallaway |

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I live in California and they dont require an Amniocentesis.. Its just an option.

NikkiMB |

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I am 22 weeks and did not recieve a amnio test? what is the time frame and is it a necessity?

cedwards1987 |

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We are totally looking forward to the amnio. We had a scare before the NT test where the odds weren't great. We do not want to bring a downs/trisomy baby into this world, as I work with them professionally and it is heart breaking how much they physically suffer.

elaineborja |

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actually the amnio, the risk is 1/2 out of 200 that you will have a miscarriage. its always better to be prepared and know what to do if your baby might be prone for genetic disorders

tholam1123 |

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It is not required to have an amnio in the state of CA. I live here, I am over 35 and it was an option for me. I did not do it since it has a chance of MC and I have had my share of MC's.

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watson012 |

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Triple/Quad Testing: The triple or quad screen is used as a screening test in the second trimester of pregnancy. It is ordered to help evaluate the risk that a fetus has certain abnormalities, including Down syndrome (trisomy 21), Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18), and neural tube defects such as spina bifida or a condition called anencephaly.

allisonvinson |

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My husband and I are 12 weeks right now and decided pretty early on that we were not having the testing done. God will give us the baby he wants us to have and no matter what we will love it and figure out how to best care for it. I could have a perfectly normal screening and still birth a baby that requires tons more care than a "normal" baby. There are too many risks and I would just like to enjoy the pregnancy without all the stress of wondering what we are going to do if our baby has a genetic abnormality.

LAmes102 |

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Some places (like here in KY) they may offer the penta screen in place of the triple and quad. its basically the same test but more thorough. it's done through a simple blood test and predicts down syndrome and trisomy.

TiffanyCherry |

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In NJ they have the triple or quad screening as well, taking during the NT scan. Personally, I opted out of them (did have to sign a few forms because of it) because it does carry a slight risk of MC and we had already had enough problems with MC as well as getting pregnant in the first place. In the end, we had decided that no matter what, we would not be aborting our child. At the same time, both DH and I were tested before becoming pregnant and were told that both of us are very low/not carriers for Tris. 21 and 18. (among other things). I did do the glucose test and will be doing the 2nd ultra sound (the one where, if baby corporate, shows us boy or girl) . I should note that since I have PCOS, my OB is having me do the glucose test twice. 1st time at 16 weeks, and the 2nd at 28.

hollyberry88 |

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Hi all - FYI, there are more accurate tests than the quad screen, dual screen and NT Ultrasound. One such test goes by the name "Harmony" and is 99% effective at diagnosing a potential trisomy disorder (13, 18, 21). It is primarily offered to high-risk (35+) but will soon be the norm for all. This can give you a "Yes" or "No" response and then you can decide with your family & OB whether you want to get amnio after that. Anything that has the ability to replace amnio is welcome, wouldn't you agree? I would highly recommend this. Also for those who say they will have the baby no matter what, I hope that you are prepared to take care of him or her for life, and that the person you are bringing into the world doesn't end up outliving you (which is very likely), and thus be left to care for themselves. Or does God provide funding for long-term care options I'm not aware of?

Jfay12 |

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My husband and I decided not to do any genetic testing. I first of all didn't like the idea of anything going anywhere near the baby unless absolutly necessary. Also, the tests aren't 100% accurate. We will love and cherish our child no matter what, but it does make things more difficult. And there is no point in stressing my body or baby because of something that may or may not be. Just causes too much worry in my opinion.

DiasSmithson |

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Amniocentesis, Glucose challenge screening and Urine screening for glucose and protein

ZumbaMommy |

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A friend of mine went through a similar situation about a year or so ago. She was actually told she miscarried her baby and then 2 weeks later went in for a follow up and her baby was fine (she may have been a twin and the twin miscarried). Then, at the 20+ week ultrasound they said her baby may have down syndrome so she should consider getting an amnio. She worried for weeks only to find out that her little one was perfectly normal. We contemplated genetic testing as well for our baby, here's a good article that will help those of you who don't know too much about it gain a better perspective as the doctors don't tell you to much about it prior to getting it done. This article has an unbiased approach to prenatal genetic testing. Hopefully it helps! http://navixmarketplace.com/blog/should-you-have-your-baby-genetically-tested/

Navix |

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glucose challenge screening

desireemonique |

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My husband and i decided not to do any testing as our decision wouldnt change. Plus I heard horror stories from friends and others that there are a lot of false positives. I didnt want to spend my whole pregnancy stressed and worrying, and everything end up alright.

kziraldo |

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I'm SERIOUSLY freaking out about all the testing. It's my body, its my baby. I'll be refusing the Quad screen, the glucose testing and the amnio. My OB is telling me if I refuse HIV testing on myself; they'll just do it on the baby because CT law says they can. WTFFFFFFFFF??!

mommaof2puppies |

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I'm going to be refusing MUCH of the testing they recommend. CT has state law that requires hospitals to do an HIV test on either the mom or the baby. They said if I don't consent to one, they'll just do one on the baby whether or not I like it. I'll be having the baby in MA because of this. NO ONE is going to tell me what they are or are not going to be doing with MY child.

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Alpha fetal protein (afp) Glucose test Second trimester genetic testing Amniocentesis Anatomy scan (second trimester ultrasound) But they are depending on your individual needs throughout your pregnancy. That your ob/gyn or midwife will decide which test they feel you should need.

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