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Genetics screening

Posted by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM
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Hi all! I'm just over 8 woks preggers and we have scheduled a squenom blood test for 10 woks, I shld add that I'm just barely over 35 and this baby was a huge surprise. I'd love to hear from some of you who have also decided to do the screening and your experience with it.... Thanks in advance!
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luckymomof6
by Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM
What type blood test?
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Lacym18
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM
Sequenom, it's pretty new and only offered to high risk moms... It's very close to the quad screen but is more accurate like an amnio
luckymomof6
by Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:55 PM
I had the quad screening done during my last pregnancy and it was the worse decision I ever made. I was advance maternal age and told that my LO had a 1>5 chance of having a chromosome disorder. My pregnancy was miserable and I cried daily and wished that I had never had any genetic testing. Why are you having the genetic testing done? Would the results change your mind about the pregnancy?
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Lacym18
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM
No, but we live n a very rural area and I hope to continue working after the baby. Planning, just thinking ahead. Do you mind if I ask how accurate your results were?
luckymomof6
by Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM
I also live in a very rural area and traveled 77 miles to a hospital that was equipped with a well equipped NICU to deliver my son. I would have chose that hospital with or without the genetic testing results. I also was advised to get a second opinion from a high risk specialist and he told me to prepare myself for a still born child and to request no heroic measures be used if my baby had difficulties during birth. I chose to not go on with any invasive procedures to determine genetic issues. My baby was born and was not breathing. I had requested a pediatrician and NICU doc at the birth and demanded that no matter what they considered viable that I wanted my baby to be given a chance to live. He was recesitated. My baby had an extremely thick neck and that is a marker for T21. He was beautiful! I had genetic testing done after his birth and he does NOT have any abnormalities. I hate the fact that I did not enjoy my pregnancy or his delivery.

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No, but we live n a very rural area and I hope to continue working after the baby. Planning, just thinking ahead. Do you mind if I ask how accurate your results were?
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Caitlynrachel
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:17 PM

   My nurse suggested I don't get it done, but i was offered... but my fiance wants it done... I am curious how these things work.... is there a way that we can get the test, done but they tell him the results and not me..   I was told because of my age (21) and the fact that we dont have genetic disorders on either side of the family its a very slim chance, but there is always that chance, and i dont want to make myself miserable..

Lacym18
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM
I'm so sorry. I can't even begin to imagine.
Lacym18
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM
It's your choice. When I had my DS at 25 I opted for no testing. He was and is very healthy. I think bc this one was unplanned and my age and my obsessive need to plan is why I'm having it done. I'm not sure if he can get the results and not you as it wolf effect the remainder of your pregnancy and care but I wld def talk to your ob
luckymomof6
by Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM
I dont want to scare you out of the test, but I wouldn't want anyone to have my experience. I have children in their 20s and have told them never to have the testing if they wouldn't change their mind about having the baby. Enjoy your pregnancy and feeling the life growing inside of you. It is amazing!

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I'm so sorry. I can't even begin to imagine.
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Lacym18
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:33 PM
Thank you. I wish you all the best as well.
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