Genetic testing

Beth - posted on 07/03/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm pregnant and my husband has heard of genetic testing and would like us to do it. I'm all for it if it will ease his mind but am wondering what you ladies have heard of the practice? I'm nervous to hear that anything could be wrong with my angel but he has a point in that it would be good for us to know what we're getting ourselves into down the road. Thoughts?

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Enna - posted on 07/09/2013

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Well, I think it would be interesting, but I'm afraid you would be opening yourself up to a lot of unnecessary worry. Having a specific gene for something does not guarantee that they're going to have it. If you have specific concerns, then maybe you should. Otherwise, I think you would be spending money just to scare yourselves!

Leslie - posted on 07/07/2013

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We are doing it because my child my have autism. That my be only way to find out where it came from. I want to help my child, but I need to know the answers. I have disabilities all over on my side. I thought she would not get anything on my side, but it is very possible.

Luludi - posted on 07/07/2013

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Well,unless there are cases of genetic disease in your family, I wouldn't take the test. During my first pregnancy I would have tested everything if I hadn't been surrounded by more sensible people! Especially at the beginning I was obsessed mainly by reading too much in the net about testing and all the possible miseries that could occur to a fetus!! I ended up thinking it was more probable that my baby would have diseases than be a healthy baby... Then I found that the routine exams + down syndrome tests since I was 37 (but no amnio) already gave a lot of information and I was able to be more positive and my baby was perfectly healthy. My second pregnancy was much more serene, maybe bc with a toddler around I had no time for reading about miseries! As Sarah says, be careful with testing, bc far from easing your minds, it could start a series of re testing again and again that it will ruin your pregnancy that otherwise will be one of the happiest periods of your life. And as my doc said in the end you can never test everything, if you want to be 100% sure you'll have a perfect baby...have no baby at all. He was a bit curt maybe but it is true. And have a look around you, most of the people you know were healthy babies! Hugs!

Sarah - posted on 07/05/2013

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I would talk to your doc about it. It is nice to know if there are going to be any problems, so you can be prepared for what things may bring. But with the genetic testing you can sometimes get a false positive on things. They will do further testing if you get a positive on something to further investigate. Downs is one that often comes up as a false positive on the first test. Often times when they do further testing it shows negative. So there may be some unneeded worry. I would talk with your doc. and learn more about what the pros and cons would be for you. Then go from there.

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Elissar - posted on 07/06/2013

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Hi there, I am the old fashioned type, I had both my children the old fashioned way, no painkillers nothing.. I am thankfull for having 2 healthy babies and feel that going through labor pain made me even more worthy of having them.. I had them the way women have had their babies for thousands of years.. Go for the most precious surprise of your existence as a woman and also pray & hope for the best.. Elissar

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