Do to the Sequential Screen or not to? Tis the question?

Jacqueline - posted on 06/01/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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The sequential screening test which shows if you are at a increased risk of having a baby with Down syndrome, trisomy 18, or an open neural tube defect. They get a blood sample and US in the first trimester, and a second blood test in the second trimester.

I am young, 23, so my doctor says I have a LOW chance of a child with any of the above. We didn't do it with my daughter or my son. And are being a little more pushed since I'm older now. I don't want to in case I "jinx" it. But if it is a case I want to be ready for it. and the ness art steps. My fiancé and I are leaning more towards no. Since here isn't anything that can be done if there is defect. And no matter what he/she birth defects or none, we love them with all our hearts.

What are you doing? Or your thoughts?

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Bethany - posted on 06/04/2012

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here, they focus more on what interventions will be needed at the delivery, and what prep you can do, if there is strong indication of a disorder. They can have heart issues, etc that need special attention in the delivery, etc. It's not really a love it/keep it issue.

So the Drs like to know ahead of time if they need special equip, etc.

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Jacqueline - posted on 06/07/2012

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My Besty is getting it done for extra U/S. haha. She is only 27, her husband 32. So they are a low risk as well. Not history.

Erin - posted on 06/06/2012

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We didn't with either of our first two. We probably won't with this one either. I really don't want the added stress. With 2 little ones already, I have enough things to worry about. To me it is just one more thing to be on my mind and to worry about. There is no history if it in either of our families. I am 29 (30 by the time baby is born) so I don't know quite where I fall in to for the age risk factor. Either way we will love this one just the same.

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I heard there is a blood test that can determine if there is a possibility of down syndrome. If they find something, then they do further testing. So I am gonna do that one because I have a cousin with DS. Let's just hope all babies come very healthy!

Jacqueline - posted on 06/02/2012

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There is no history of it in my family, both mom and dads side. There isnt that we no of on his moms but his dad was adopted... So there is no way to fnd out. I dont think we are going to. Either way I will always love my children equally.

Bethany - posted on 06/02/2012

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even the test results are only indicators, chances. I'll be 37 when this one's born and my brother has a child with a chromosonal disorder, but I'm not having any tests, it's just more worry.

I had the test with Charlotte as it was considered routine and she was my first pregnancy so just did all the things one does. this time, I'm kind of avoiding drs and interventions until necessary.

Louise - posted on 06/02/2012

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At the age of 23 you are at very low risk. I had the neural screen test done only because I was 38 and already had adult children. It is not impossible to have a downs child in your 20's but it is quite rare. If you really want to know either way then have it done. My feelings are you are still very young at 23 and the chances of it being posititive is very very low.

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