Just out of curiosity

LaCi - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )




What do you think about screening for abnormalities in pregnancy, other than ultrasounds? Blood tests, amniocentesis, etc. Did you have any screenings done?


Jane - posted on 04/22/2010




I did everything that my OBGyn recommended. I did not have an amnio but had he suggested it, I would have done it. I think no matter what you might choose based on your results, I think being prepared for unfortunate situations is the best place to be in when having a baby. For me....I'm not sure if I knew I was having a baby with an abnormality, I would abort BUT knowing and being prepared and educating myself for what I was in store for once the baby was born would have been good. Being surprised would be devastating and could affect the way you bond with your baby. So, in essence, I'm all for the tests...whatever they may be.

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The only reason I would do one is if in the normal routine tests something came up odd. The purpose would be just to know and be prepared for the baby's sake. I wouldn't abort.

Brandy - posted on 04/22/2010




I chose not to do the amnio with my children for a couple reasons:

1. The high risk of miscarriage. You could find out that your baby is completely fine just to find out a few days later that by taking the test to confirm that, you robbed yourself of ever meeting that child.

2. I wouldn't terminate even if my child did have down syndrome or another defect. My mom used to work with disabled children and I have seen many of them go on to live normal, even wonderful lives. Would you choose to stop living just because you knew there were challenges coming your way? I wouldn't so I don't feel it's right to make that decision for a baby.

Just my personal opinion. I wouldn't judge somebody for feeling differently, that's just how I feel about it.

Sarah - posted on 04/22/2010




I never bothered having any screenings done with my eldest, i knew it wouldn't change the outcome! However, with my youngest, my sister kinda talked me into having the blood test for Downs.
So i had it done and it came back as high risk. It was 1 - 250 chance, if it had been 1 - 249 i wouldn't have been notified.
Anyway, we were offered an amnio, but declined as the risk of miscarriage was actually higher than the risk of Downs (i think that's right).
So i spent my pregnancy worrying (especially as i'd already had some bleeding too.)

I really wish i hadn't taken the test, i wouldn't have aborted even if she did have Downs (which she didn't) so all it did was stress me out with worrying and wondering!
Because i was only young (26) i really never dreamed it would come back high risk i guess.

Anyway, not that i'm having any more, but i definitely wouldn't have that blood test again. :)

Stephany - posted on 04/22/2010




We lost so many pregnancies before we conceived my oldest son that I didn't really care what the amnio could tell us and I didn't want the added miscarriage risk. I wanted a baby regardless of any health conditions it may have. I was told that the only reason they do the quad-4 blood draw is to see if you need an amnio, so I didn't do that either. Same for my other son. I did have an amnio with one of the pregnancies I lost. Painful as hell, and part of the reason I lost that one.

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Christina - posted on 05/05/2011




I refused all screenings except for ultrasound. I didn't want to risk miscarriages (I've had four live births and four miscarriages) and I wouldn't abort for abnormalities.

Merry - posted on 05/05/2011




We only did one blood test in the beginning, and one ultrasound in the middle. I don't think the genetic tests are conclusive eough to make me want to do it, and I'd never consider an abortion no matter what so to me the extra tests are pointless.

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I wont get an amnio done ever. The chances of a miscarriage due to one is too high for my liking.

I did have a blood test done with my daughter, but I don't think I will this time around. It wont matter anyway. I think at times like that ignorance can really be bliss. After all it wouldn't be healthy for the baby for me to have a full blown panic attack.

K. - posted on 05/04/2011




I got the amniocentesis done because the screening for down syndrome came back positive. Seeing as how I was only 25 when I was pregnant with my youngest it worried me that my risk was so incredibly high. I didn't want to have to continue with the rest of my pregnancy worrying myself sick. Wouldn't have been good for anyone, baby included. Regardless of the outcome of the test we would have kept her, but I wanted to give myself and my husband the opportunity to prepare ourselves if necessary. The test ended up being negative though, but I'm glad I got it done.

Ashley - posted on 07/02/2010




I wouldn't have amniocentesis but the other things i think are normal and i have had them all..I think its good to get them so you know what to expect..

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I had 8 scans because I had problems (bleeding in 1st trimester and Pre-Eclampsia later) - these were purely to make sure my LO was ok and to measure him later (he was small for gestation). I had hundreds of bloods done (the standard ones at the start to check blood group, diseases, diabetes etc and then from 34 weeks (until 37 when I was induced) I had 2 bloods a day taken to test for Uric acid levels- due to my Pre-E).

I refused the quad abnormality test because I would never abort my baby and I would love my baby whatever - I do not see disability as being unfortunate or bad it is just different. I told my midwife this and she said it was a waste of time having the test then so I didn't. I would never have an amnio there is too high a risk of miscarriage.

Some of my friends have had a 4D scan done but I found that a little freaky and felt it took away more suprise one friend pretty much knew what her son looked like down to the fact he had her family toes (we did not even find out the sex). :-)

Ashley - posted on 06/24/2010




I have done everything my OB has recommended. Luckily, I am low risk, so aside from the bloodwork and ultrasounds, nothing else has been done. If something came back as abnormal, I'd have an amnio. But my Down's risk was 1 in 5000, so no worries. :)

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We had no screenings done. But I can understand/support other couples wanting to screen for certain things.

Amy - posted on 06/22/2010




With my first pregnancy we refused all tests, and only had one ultrasound to find out the gender. With this pregnancy we had the ultrasound done but other than that again I refused all other tests. I'm still young and have no family history of any issues. If I was an older mother I might go for some of the tests because when both the mom and dad are older there's a higher chance of things like Downs, etc.

On the other hand I might also refuse it when I'm older because regardless of what the results are I couldn't abort my child. The hormones in pregnancy make me crazy enough as it is, knowing my child has a high risk of having downs might stress me out.

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I don't do the Down Syndrome one.... It won't change my decision to have & keep my baby so why..?

Nichole - posted on 06/22/2010




I woudn't and didn't get any of those screenings. I wouldn't want to know if the baby was sick, I would spend the pregnancy stressed and worrying about them, which would be hard on them I bet. Besides no matter what was wrong with them, I would never teminate just because they weren't healthy. So knowing before birth wouldn't do any good.

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I didn't have any screenings done, other than gestational diabetes. I was told an amnio can actually cause a m/c...it wasn't worth the risk to me (even if rare). I was so happy to finally be pregnant...no matter what I would have continued the pregnancy, so why bother? Also, I can get very stressed about medical stuff....so I just pictured getting some wacky inconclusive result that would have only stressed me out through the rest of my pregnancy.

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I don't even know and I didn't really ask too many questions about it because I was too far along in my pregnancy to do it anyhow! WOW! I sound like a moron! haha

Jaime - posted on 06/21/2010




Dana, the sugary drink was for gestational diabetes. The glucose test. Not sure what test you're referring to before 19 weeks. I had the sugar drink and the Group B strep test and that one was a take-home, so I passed...LOL

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I had two ultrasounds and the sugary drink test (excuse my ignorance because I don't even know what it was for?).....I found out I was pregnant at 19 weeks so apparently I missed out on some test that had to be done before a certain date? Anyhow....

Jaime - posted on 06/21/2010




I didn't get any screens done with my son, except for disease and diabetes which is typical for all pregnancies. I didn't see a need to worry about abnormalities but if I were to have a child at or after age 35, I would screen and I then decide at that time whether or not to abort...just depends what challenges I'm up for at that time.

Corena - posted on 06/21/2010




It depends on the circumstances Dana. I was over 35 when I got pregnant so it was strongly "suggested" that I get an amnio. I refused. I wasn't going to risk miscarrying a baby I had been trying to have for 11 years, nor was I going to get rid of him if something was wrong so it was a no brainer for us. I am pretty sure the doctor was pretty pissed at me for not doing it. Thank goodness, she was just a temp...
I did do all the routine tests and stuff though, and I ended up having to do the gestational diabetes one as welll.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but in Canada they don't even offer any other testing UNLESS there's something wrong on the ultrasound?!!

Jessica - posted on 06/21/2010




I only had the ultrasounds and blood tests but they were ok so no more tests were needed. I think theyre a good idea because if you know your baby is going to have an abnormality then you can be prepared, do your research etc They dont force any tests on you so everything is up to you

Charlie - posted on 04/27/2010




we decided we would keep a baby regardless of outcome so we didn't have an Amnio however i needed the blood tests as i was severely anemic and had to watch my iron levels .

Shelley - posted on 04/26/2010




I think its wonderful that we have these test available. I did have an amnio with my last child because I was 40 & I took all tests recommened to me

Amber - posted on 04/26/2010




I refused the amniocentesis. The results are not reliable and I didn't feel that it was necessary.
I did every other test that my doctor recommended. And it's a good thing that I did because I ended up having severe complications and being put on bed rest starting at 30 weeks.
I hated having a blood draw and ultrasound every week and I hated being at the hospital/doctors office 4 days a week, but my baby was safe and they were able to keep me from having seizures. I had to be induced and he was a borderline premie, but without all the testing they did he would not have made it and I might not have either.

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I can only remember u/s (4 of them) and the gestational diabetes tests (had to do both since I failed the first one) w/ the girls.... and of course, the urine test at every visit. ;) Maybe I had a blood draw, but it was over 8 years ago and I have a horrible memory.

I had 2 u/s w/ my son and the first GD test. I failed it too, but refused the other one because of how sick I got while taking it w/ his sisters. I was going to refuse the initial one, but chickened out in telling the nurse. They had me check my blood sugar levels and see a nutritionist for the rest of the pregnancy, but it was under normal most of the time.

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2010




the only things i had done with my son were the four tubes of blood they take when you first go tot he dr. and then two ultrasounds... so far with this pregnancy i have had the blood test and tomorrow i will have our second ultrasound, and hopefully find out what we're having!!!! excited! lol but yeah, i didnt do any of the optional ones, like the cystic fibrosis or anything

and i've only briefly heard of the amniocentisis.. i wouldn't want a needle in my belly when there wasnt a baby in there, much less when there is lol

Mary - posted on 04/22/2010




I had absolutely nothing, other than the routine anatomy screen at 19 weeks.

I was 38 when I had my daughter, but I was unwilling to undergo any invasive procedure like an amnio that, regardless of how minute the chance, could put the baby at risk. I also knew that I would do nothing with those results, so I was more than willing to wait until delivery to accept baby however it was (I didn't find out the sex, either). I knew that any MAJOR anomalies would be picked up at the anatomy screen, and I was comfortable with that.

Suzette - posted on 04/22/2010




Carolee, I had never heard of the amnio (needle in the belly thing) until I was talking to someone who had it done. I had to ask my OB why we hadn't had it done and she told me the reason was because it can cause more harm than good. Apparently in 1/300 women it causes miscarriages. (I could be remembering the numbers incorrectly though I think that's what she said.) So, like you, I wouldn't have had it done unless we felt it was necessary.

Carolee - posted on 04/22/2010




I will do any/all ultrasound, monitoring, and blood tests. I will not do an amniocentesis or anything that puts a needle in my belly, though... I'm just not comfortable with that unless it's ABSOLUTELY necessary.

Suzette - posted on 04/22/2010




I had everything done, except the amnio. I have a high risk pregnancy (epileptic) so I wanted to make sure that everything with our little one was going well, or as well as we could tell with all the tests. The amnio wasn't required because, according to the OB, the only way they do that is if the Quad screening comes back irregular or if the US does. Nothing came back irregular, though if it had I'm not sure we would've opted to have it done anyway. I don't know if you can really say one way or the other until you're in that position. Our reasoning was to be prepared for the "just in case" even though it's not 100%. So far she's doing really well, I'm almost 32 weeks and while the pregnancy is wreaking havoc on me, she seems fine. Which is really the way I'd have it. I would much rather not have any screenings done, and if I weren't high risk, I wouldn't.

Brie - posted on 04/22/2010




blood tests for the most part are required... but for the ones to volunteer for i did because i wanted to make sure my baby was healthy... however i did not do the amniocentisis because, one, i am deathly afraid of needles (the scariest part of my c-section for me was the spinal block) and two because my family has high miscarriage rates and of all the test thats one that has the highest miscarriage chance!!! i think its great that we can catch and treat so many things that early!!

C. - posted on 04/22/2010




I had the normal tests done.. Blood tests and stuff to determine whether I was RH Positive or Negative, Ultrasounds, sugar test.. I would never have an Amniocentesis done, though. I don't see a need for it, personally. If I have a special needs child, then so be it. An amniocentesis isn't going to change my mind on whether or not to have the child, so why get it done?

Belinda - posted on 04/22/2010




Nothing with the first...I was only 20. The second go around they gave me the blood test for Downs risk. It was very very very small...so I did not go for the one that scans the head. If there had been a real risk of an abnormality, I may have had more testing. I know I won't be popular for this, but I'm not sure that I would continue a pregnancy that had a confirmed serious issue.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/22/2010




I didn't get any screening done. If I had been high risk, or I was a carrier of a genetic disease (or dh was) then I would have. But as it was, I was low risk, healthy, and young, so I wasn't too concerned.

Rosie - posted on 04/22/2010




i had every screening done except amnio, although it was offered with my 2nd cause he had an abnormal umbilical cord,had the gestational diabetes test, triple test or what ever it's called at 18 weeks, and ultrasound. i'd had 2 previous miscarriages and i couldn't stand the thought of not knowing if my babies were alright. one of my miscarriages was when the baby didn't develop. i just had a fertilized egg that implanted. that really screwed up my thinking when i was pregnant. i was convinced something was going to be wrong with all of them. would i have aborted? probably not, but i can't say for sure, but i like the option of knowing, and also being prepared for a disabled child if i were to keep it.

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2010




I had an U/S with both of my kids, but that was only to find out the sex, as I am not patient enough to wait. I didn't have any other screenings done, as they wouldn't have made a difference in whether I carried to term or not. And if there were medical issues, I would deal with that at birth. And I did. My son was quite sick, and although it was scary, he ended up a completley healthy little boy after the first few weeks.

(Screenings wouldn't have madea difference with my son.)

September - posted on 04/22/2010




I'm defiantly not against it and think it's a wonderful option for families that choose to have the screening done. However it's not something I myself would choose to do unless it was absolutely necessary.

Lyndsay - posted on 04/22/2010




I had lots of blood tests done. They thought I had gestational diabetes so I got tested for that too. I didn't get amniocentisis but I think I would've if they said I was a high risk for detectable birth defects, because termination would've been a possibility for me.

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I don't think I would ever do an amniocentesis. It would have to be a very good reason. I've heard they are doing them routinely on women over 35. No way. I had some of the blood tests done and I had 4 ultrasounds. I had to have an extra ultrasound because at 17 weeks they couldn't see as much of the heart as they wanted. Everything was fine though. The ultrasounds really stressed me out. My baby (and my belly) always measured small and I usually left the office feeling worried. Next time I will have even less blood tests done because some don't need repeated.

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