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#1 ~*bumblebee*~

Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:54 PM

Sorry I'm not sure of the proper name.

I didn't have any of the tests with DD I was positive I wouldn't with any future pregnancies but now I don't know. I'm older now 32, which I think increases the chance I guess the only reason if want to know is so we could prepare ourselves (not that it's something you really can prepare for)

Will you be having the test??

#2 jge

Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

Hi Bumblebee!

Do you mean a 12 week scan (or other tests)? (I'm pretty new to all this) original.gif

I'm really interested to hear others thoughts on this too - I don't see my OB til early jan (when I'll be close on 10 weeks) but the receptionist there advised I needed to book a scan now if I thought I'd want one. But I don't know anything about it - why I would or would not want the scan/test.

Love to hear some thoughts on it!

#3 living_bravely

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:28 PM

The 12 weeks scan in called the nuchal translucency (not sure of spelling!)  It is a test for Down Syndrome and other disorders such as trisomy.  You do not have to have it, but most people do.  Most Ob's give a referral as standard I think, but it is completely up to you whether you have it or not.  

bumblebee- I don't think the risk really increases until you are over 35.  

jge- if you would like to have this scan done, you would need to see your Ob and ask for a referral at your 10 week appointment but probably need to book the scan now.  Just call your Ob office and ask who they prefer to go through as I know my Ob prefers all patients to go through 3 specific scan places that specialise in this kind of thing.

I will absolutely be having this scan.  I like to be prepared and want to know that bub is healthy, and if not I want to prepare as much as possible.  PLUS it's the best view of bub!  Our 12 week scan was so wonderful with DD.  She was moving around, sucking her thumb and we had a 4D scan done and it was so cool!

Hope that helps! :-)

Edited by living_bravely, 15 December 2012 - 07:29 PM.

#4 libbylu

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

The risk of Down Syndrome doubles between age 22 and age 32, and doubles again between age 32 and age 36 etc.  I think most docs would recommend the screening for women in their 30s.
The tests involve a blood test at 10-11 weeks and a scan at 12 weeks.
I went through the process with my first pregnancy when I was in my 20s because it was just so nice to have that first look at my baby and see him growing beautifully. And also reassuring to get a very low risk.

You don't get a definite answer from the screen though, you just get given a relative risk.  i.e. based on the results your risk might be high (i.e. 1 chance in 20) or low (1 chance in 2000).  Based on those risks you could go on to have further testing if you wished.

#5 littlepip

Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:39 AM

I'm pretty new to this too but my GP suggested I have blood work done as well as a scan to check for downs and any other chromosomal abnormalities as well as those caused by a lack of folic acid. She said they pop all the information together and based on ultrasound measurements as well as blood levels in certain chemicals they can give you some pretty clear odds about where you stand - its so hard though as its not diagnostic just 'odds'. I'm in two minds - the piece of mind would be great but the stress of a not great result and all that extra testing (if thats what we want to do) would be pretty full on!!

#6 Mumma_G

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:53 AM

I am getting both bloods and the scan. Not that I would terminate, it would just give me time to emotional prepare if anything were to be picked up or 'high risk'.

#7 kerri76

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:02 PM

I will be getting this scan done also. I'm 36 though, so higher risk than you. I was pregnant at 32 with my first child and I wasn't advised to have the test like I have been this time.

#8 ChickyMumma

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:04 AM

I am 26 and having the 12 week scan mainly just to see our little person is on track.

#9 Starposs

Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:03 PM

I am. We had it with our first and will have it with this bub too. I see it as an extra chance to see our bub and just make sure all is ok!

#10 shelly1170

Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:06 PM

I'm MUCH older than all of you!  I'm 42.

I had my first DD when I was 36, second DD when I was 37.  I had an NT scan both times and had favourable results.  But as my Obs said, "it's LOW risk, not NO risk".  So we had an amnio both times also.

I will do the same with this pregnancy.

#11 emelsy

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:59 PM

Shelley1170-wow, I'm really surprised you had an amnio both times given that you were low risk, I though the risk of miscarriage with an amnio meant they preferred to give it only for those who received high risk NT results. Not to worry though, nothing happened, just surprised.
I sometimes think all the extra testing is more hinderence(sp.) than help. I had spotting with DS, scan at 11 weeks. Sonographer was worried about what she saw even though it was too early for the nuchal test. I did the nuchal and no evidence of what she saw the week before so I was worried. I had a CVS which came back fine though Dr said he may have a heart problem which may have caused funny results in week 11. DS was born with no issues (well, no issues relating to that anyway, he had a temp and trouble breathing and spent two days inSCN)
Anyway, best advice I got was from Dr who I met before the CVS. He said I should only do the test if I was prepared to deal with the consequences. Basically he just wanted me to be prepared for any eventuality and I thought he meant I should have my decision made what I would do if it came back unfavourably.
I will be getting it done again this time.

#12 shelly1170

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:19 PM

DH and I had discussed what we would do in case of an unfavourable result before we even got pregnant.  It was something very important to us and we discussed it thoroughly with our obs.  At 36, the risk is higher.  At 37, it was higher again.

The risk of miscarriage is a hard thing to measure.  The real rate in recent studies is thought to be 0.06% or 1 in 1600.  

Each to their own, though.  It really is a such a personal decision that the parents should be comfortable with.

#13 Paintbrush

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:28 AM

I'm not going to getting any testing or scans done. I was offered it with my last pregnancy and said no, not interested and they duped me into it (didn't realise the referral she gave me at a later appointment was for this) and got to the place realising and walked out.
I'm 25 and won't terminate regardless of the results so don't need the stress of odds.

#14 ~*bumblebee*~

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:16 AM

It is a very personal test. Each to their own for sure.  

Ill be doing the scan but only so
I can see bubs, won't be actually doing the tests just like I did with dd.

I'm happy with the outcome no matter what. What scares me more is this baby having what DD had (a life threatening medical cond) which can't be tested in utero.

So we just take a giant leap of faith.

#15 im-am

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:33 PM

We're all booked in for the 21st Jan for the 12 week scan and bloods on the same day. We do want to make sure our bub is healthy but we're just hanging out to see him/her again!! My GP said bub will have a full profile developed, so it will be very exciting.

#16 Tarantara

Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:09 AM

I will definitely be having the test and scan done. I'm 39, and last time it was so helpful to see the baby moving. Made things a lot more real for us. It was also the first time I was told about his super long legs wink.gif

#17 Starposs

Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:15 PM

Trying to send you a private message Jillian but it keeps saying my message needs to be larger than 3 characters. It is though so not sure why?

#18 brom85

Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:22 AM

Im booked in for the 22nd at 9am original.gif excited to see my little one again and see how it's all going original.gif

#19 Fantales

Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:48 PM

I'm doing it more so because I want to see bubba again soon! ;p As we did PGD with the IVF in theory I have already had down syndrome testing already done...

#20 hailsmt

Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:14 PM

I had the blood test at 16 weeks rather than a scan with last pregnancies and will do the same this time. My ob said it was much of a muchness and that there can be an unnecessary stress if I get the result of high risk then need to wait the 4 weeks until I can have the amino...
This is the same blood test, and work out the probability based on mums age and those results.

#21 ellejays

Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:51 PM

We're going to have the test, it's our first pg and I think we just want to know that everything is OK.

I am a bit worried about it though because if it comes back high risk I think DH and I will have very different feelings about what we should do.  We will cross that bridge if or when we get to it (but hopefully everything will be ok).

We have decided not to announce to anyone other than our parents until after we get the results back - so if it is high risk we can make our decisions in private without everyone asking us how things are going.

#22 emelsy

Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:22 PM

If its high risk they will offer an amnio or CVS which will tell you for sure if the baby has chromosomal abnormalities. So, even if ur results come back high you won't know for sure unless you do the genetic testing.

So I guess there's a couple of bridges to cross...

#23 LO123

Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

I am having the test on 21 Jan. My DH will actually be away which I am a bit annoyed at. I really wanted him there just in case. Lucky my Mum is now going to come with me.

ellejays, we are very similar, I am waiting to tell most people till after the test and DH and I think very differently but we have already talked about it. I just hope we don't need to worry about it.

#24 Em Cee

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:52 AM

I'm having my blood test tomorrow for downs screening and at 13 weeks the ultrasound. I tried booking it in at 12 weeks buy was told to do dating scan first which is next week and 13 weeks is a better time to do the NT scan as you can see more.

I'm very anxious!!! Eeek

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