12 week Prenatal Testing

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12 week Prenatal Testing
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Mon, 04-23-2012 - 2:38pm

My doctor brought it up at my last visit, and since the 12 week testing period is coming up soon I was wondering who is doing 12 week testing? If so, what?

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Registered: 10-05-2005
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 2:41pm

Forgot to answer my own question. We were offered the NT test (ultrasound and blood test), but decided against it since all my risk factors are fairly low and I am sure insurance will not pay for it since I am only 27 and there is not a history of any type of birth defects in either of our families.

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Mon, 04-23-2012 - 6:15pm
At my provider they call it "First Screening" but it's the same thing -- they do it between 11-14 weeks. Since I'm 35 I am going to get it at week 13. My midwife said that usually people who have a normal First Screening don't have any other screening later in pregnancy. One of the good things about going to a huge medical center for prenatal care is that the ultrasounds they do there are great so hopefully that will cut down on any questionable interpretation -- that's what I'm hoping anyway!

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Mon, 04-23-2012 - 8:00pm
Since I'm 39 and DH is 55 I did ask my ob about the NT fold test at 12 weeks. He said unless I am planning on following up with an amnio (which I am not) that I shouldn't bother- that it was a $1000 test. I will be doing the blood tests, and if any of those come back positive, I'll rethink the other tests.
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Registered: 02-24-2012
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 8:07pm
As a part of the canadian health care system I have never been offered a NT test. I am not sure why it just doesn't seem to be a standard test in the atlantic provinces. They do however suggest and encourage the 16 week maternal screen blood test but I have never taken it - with my age and low risk factors it doesn't seem worth the stress that everyone I know who has taken the test suffers.
Proud Mom to Annika (4), Jamie (3), and 4 angels. Anxiously awaiting Baby #3!
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Mon, 04-23-2012 - 8:22pm
We decided tonight that we were going to pass. We did it last time - I'm only 32 and we're both healthy with good history. We originally were going to do it because of DH's age and cancer history - but we've decided that it really isn't something we feel led to do. I wish I could just have the ultrasound!!

Jules - Happily married and Momma to DS, DD and expecting our Caboose Baby 11/24/2012


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Registered: 11-13-2005
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 9:36pm
I had it done with my first two, and am going to this time as well. We don't have any risk factors, but I like having the extra chance at seeing the baby. Our insurance has always covered it. Mine is scheduled for the 30th of April
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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 12:16pm

It has a lot to do about with what hospital your doctor is affiliated with,

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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 12:18pm
I meant in regards to canadian subsidized medical acess
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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 1:37pm
Hi Katja_D,
I am not sure I agree with you. My first was born at the IWK in Halifax which is the major hospital in the atlantic provinces (and a beautiful birth facility). Any children from the 4 atlantic provinces with problems are sent to this hospital. I remember questioning my doc on it and she said they don't do it unless there are other indicators. My second was born in fredericton and it was the same. My third will be born in charlottetown and it seems to be the same story. Perhaps this area sets its standards in accordance with the iwk? Perhaps they feel the maternal syrum screen covers the same diagnostics.

I agree with the rest of your comment (knowing what you will do with the info) and I think it is something everyone needs to consider when doing these tests. That is why I decline the maternal syrum screening because I wouldn't take any action other than educating myself on the results.
Proud Mom to Annika (4), Jamie (3), and 4 angels. Anxiously awaiting Baby #3!
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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 4:33pm
I go in tomorrow for the 12 week testing for the NT scan I believe it's called. I will be 13 weeks tomorrow. (My due date got bumped up to 10/31 but I still hang around this board since this is where I started hehe) Anyway, I am young as well and I'm sure my risks are low, but my insurance covers the testing so I wanted another chance to see the little baby in there :)

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