NT scan for Down Syndrome

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Registered: 10-07-2010
NT scan for Down Syndrome
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Sun, 10-17-2010 - 8:10am

Hi, since this is pregnancy after 40 group, I guess we are all in the high risk of having Down syndrome baby. I just wanted to find out how many of you have opted for an invasive tests after havong NT scans or bloed samples, and what is your fears/ apprehensions/ thoughts?

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Registered: 01-23-2010
Sun, 10-17-2010 - 4:04pm

I am 43 and will be 44 when this baby is born. I skipped both the NT and quad blood screens as I thought we would just go for an amnio and thus the tests would be repetitive. I have medical insurance that doesn't cover maternity so costs were on my mind too. We got to our 18-week anatomy scan and all looked great - no soft markers at all. My husband and I decided not to go for the amnio as we don't want to take the chance that something could happen. If there was a reason for us to investigage further we would have.

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Registered: 06-24-2009
Sun, 10-17-2010 - 9:59pm

If this makes you feel any better I did all the testing with my last pregnancy (last year) and everything came back within normal limits and then I went to the big ultrasound and they found three markers so that is when we did the amnio and he did have a trisomy, but the point is it showed up on the ultrasound so really if there was a problem you would see it anyway and I am going through the same thing - do we do the cvs or amnio and risk a miscarriage of a perfectly healthy baby to find out - but if I were to see a problem absolutely I would test further to know what we were dealing with.

~ Jodi ~


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Registered: 04-14-2003
Mon, 10-18-2010 - 12:15pm

I had the NT scan in combination with a blood test on the same day (not the

 

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Registered: 05-05-2005
Mon, 10-18-2010 - 12:33pm

I am scheduled for a CVS this Wed.

-carrie  IAmPregnant Ticker
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Registered: 05-05-2010
Tue, 10-19-2010 - 11:38am

I had the NT scan as well as the quad screen.

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Registered: 01-23-2010
Tue, 10-19-2010 - 7:06pm

Actually, you're not really at "high" risk when you're over 40. While higher than for younger women, the chances still aren't as great as you would think from media reports and people's reactions. At 42, the risk is about 1 in 60, in other words, a better than 98 percent chance your baby WON'T have DS. At 45, it's 1 in 30, so still a more than 96 percent chance the baby won't have this chromosomal abnormality. I wonder how many women over 40 who get pregnant believe the chance is much higher and automatically terminate the pregnancy for this reason.

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Registered: 01-23-2010
Tue, 10-19-2010 - 7:18pm

By the way, I'm a previous board member who still pops in sometimes because this board was such an important support for me during my pregnancy. I had a beautiful, healthy baby boy August 10. I opted to do the screening, which allowed me to get a great look at the baby at 13 weeks. The chances came back something like 1 in 450 for DS and 1 in 1700 for another chromosomal issue. I decided I'd live with those odds, since I wouldn't have terminated even if my chance had come back higher, and I had an additional contributing health issue that would have made amnio a greater risk to my baby. Babies with severe impairments often don't make it past the first trimester anyway (and the miscarriage rate *IS* one thing that's high for women over 40). The problem with the screening is it isn't a diagnosis and someone's screening can come back putting them at greater risk when they actually have a perfectly healthy baby. Then some parents who already have kids feel it's important to know for sure, even if they would't consider terminating. Definitely not easy choices, but we all find our way to the right one for us.

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Registered: 05-13-2007
Tue, 10-26-2010 - 6:07am

I opted out of the NT scan and or any of the other test. I will just do my 20 (well mine is sceduled for 17 week) U/S.

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Registered: 07-09-2008
Thu, 10-28-2010 - 4:35pm

I just stopped by to say "hi" to the expecting moms.

Shelli, married to Jason for 18 years, mom to Derek(15), Alyssa(12), and Carly (2/26/09)