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Is this blood test really necessary during pregnancy?!!

Anonymous
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An AFP blood test that is.Is it really necessary?!?
Posted by Anonymous on May. 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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nirvanadonna
by on May. 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM
What is AFP?
Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on May. 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM
http://www.m.webmd.com/baby/human-chorionic-gonadotropin-hcg


Quoting nirvanadonna:

What is AFP?

AlwaysKISA
by Ruby Member on May. 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Nothing is "necessary", but it can't hurt.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on May. 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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I never got any tests during any pregnancy. With #3 I didn't even get an ultrasound. The less invasive the better.
Piskie
by Silver Member on May. 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Yes....... It's needed to test for neural tube defects...... It's just a blood test.
nova.mommy
by Silver Member on May. 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

An alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) blood test checks the level of AFP in a pregnant woman's blood. AFP is a substance made in the liver of an unborn baby (fetus). The amount of AFP in the blood of a pregnant woman can help see whether the baby may have such problems as spina bifida and anencephaly. An AFP test can also be done as part of a screening test to find other chromosomal problems, such as Down syndrome (trisomy 21) or Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18). An AFP test can help find an omphalocele, a congenital problem in which some of the baby's intestinesstick out through the belly wall.

Normally, low levels of AFP can be found in the blood of a pregnant woman. No AFP (or only a very low level) is generally found in the blood of healthy men or healthy, nonpregnant women.

The level of AFP in the blood is used in a maternal serum triple or quadruple screening test. Generally done between 15 and 20 weeks, these tests check the levels of three or four substances in a pregnant woman's blood. The triple screen checks alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and a type ofestrogen (unconjugated estriol, or uE3). The quad screen checks these substances and the level of the hormone inhibin A. The levels of these substances-along with a woman's age and other factors-help the doctor estimate the chance that the baby may have certain problems or birth defects.

Screening tests are used to see what the chance is that your baby has a certain birth defect. If a screening test is positive, it means that your baby is more likely to have that birth defect and your doctor may want you to have a diagnostic test to make sure.

Quoting nirvanadonna:

What is AFP?

If it is necessary, I don't know.  But if you have any risk factors, I would do it.

Lorik1969
by on May. 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM
If you plan to abort if there is a problem, then you might want to do it. My baby is 13 so things may have changed, but back then my doctor told me that if they tested at the wrong time (as in my due date was off) it could come back with a false reading which would just require more testing. I could already feel him moving, so abortion would have been out of the question. I opted not to do it.
GibsonSD92
by Silver Member on May. 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM
!!?? Did you even give birth in a hospital?

Quoting Anonymous:

I never got any tests during any pregnancy. With #3 I didn't even get an ultrasound. The less invasive the better.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on May. 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM
True but i dont see the point in it if my son/daughter was born a bit different im gonna love them and care for them no matter what.


Quoting AlwaysKISA:

Nothing is "necessary", but it can't hurt.

Lynette
by on May. 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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That test is known for it's false positives. I had no interest in feeling that kind of stress while pregnant. I turned it down for all 4 of my pregnancies.
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