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Posted by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM
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While I was in the hospital, one of the nurses said that if I planned to get pregnant again, "they'd" probably want me to get genetic testing done.  I mentioned this to my doctor at my 6 wk visit, and he didn't seem to think it was necessary but said if I wanted to I could.  Has any one had it done?  What does it entail? Is it something I should pursue or will it only drive me more insane that I already feel like I am?

by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM
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by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:50 AM

I really wasn't treated any differently the pregnancy after my first loss.  I had always been offered the genetic screenings, amnio, and I've always refused testing.  This last doctor made me sign something stating that I would not choose to abort regardless of having knowledge of defect, when I signed to refuse testing...I think it was just one last thing to make you think if you really wanted the testing done.  I had no problem signing that paper either. 

So I think that's something you'd need to ask yourself.  If you knew, would you go on with the pregnancy.  The other argument is that you could have a team of specialists waiting in the delivery room...but my cousin is an OB nurse in L&D and she said they have a button on the wall they push and they will have a team there regardless. 

by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Yeah, I just don't know. I thought that they offered the standard genetic testing to most pregnant women anyways. Triple screen/quant screen whatever they want to call it these days, amnio if needed, etc. How many losses is this for you? I've heard in some situations that they don't start really investigating until the 3rd loss for some women, but again I don't really know. I've only lost one so far. I guess it would just depend on what you wanted as well. If you wanted to take it a step further. I'm sorry you're having to go through this.

by Platinum Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM
If you mean BEFORE pregnancy, most docs don't recommend it until you have 3 losses but you can request it. Most of the time its just a blood draw on u and daddy. They do a dna panel. Most often (luckily) there is nothing wrong and mc are unexplained. Good luck. Take it from me- genetic testing after you are already pregnant is scary-the procedures hold a potential risk to the baby and raise a whole new set of problems. Good luck honey
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by Desiree-admin on Apr. 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I talked with doctors and a genetic counselor but they didn't think I required any further testing.  When I have got pregnant with my 3rd and 4th babies I opt for what they call a genetic ultrasound or nuchal translucency ultrasound giving around 11 to 14 weeks pregnant.  That is actually how I found out my angel had a fatal birth defect.  And they offer blood tests too but I personally strongly reccomend the ultrasound since they can check for lots of markers and it can be pretty accurate. 

by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Thanks ladies. I choose not to have the standard testing for either of my pregnancies.  My first was completely healthy and the second resulted in our loss.

I called last week with some questions and the triage nurse said my doctor noted the number for the genetic counselor at the bottom of my chart, but it was because I asked about it at my appointment.

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