Down Syndrom Screening

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Jackie - June 30

Hi, I just wanted to get your opinions on whether or not I should do the screening test for Downs. I am supposed to do it next week, but I think I am going to skip it because they say for Example, that it could come back 1 out of 100 chance which is still a 99% chance it would not have it, but I would be completely worried about it.

 

Misty - June 30

I know for me it was a hard waiting time for me while I waited to find out the results from my test. I knew I would keep the baby either way so I didn't so it to be able to abort if something was wrong. I simply had a need to be able to prepare for the possibility. I wanted to know if the chances were high for me so I could prepare myself mentally for the possibility. Yes, it would be very hard if the test came back high risk. But just think. How much harder would it be if you didn't know anything until the moment your child was born. I just had to know about the possibility before-hand. That is just me though.

 

P - June 30

I didn't do it simply because of all the false positives. I knew I would keep it anyway so I skipped it. A couple of times (maybe 2 or 3) I wondered and worried for about 5 minutes each time and that was it. I'm glad I skipped it.

 

Jackie - June 30

Thanks guys. Misty that's a good idea to do it to prepare yourself. I might consider it. I do worry a lot about it, because anything could happen. But, can ultrasounds see if there is some kind of abnormality? This is my first so I have no clue.

 

Misty - June 30

Normally the head is bigger in an infant with downs. So I do believe that they can pretty much always tell through u/s if you are at risk. I'm not entirely sure though, because then why would they do the blood test? I should ask my doctor that tomorrow. If I remember to ask her I'll let you know what she tells me.

 

Jackie - June 30

Okay Misty thanks. I don't go back until July 19. I can get my blood test next week but I don't have a doc appointment. Thanks!

 

monica - June 30

which is the test done for down syndrome? and is it really a fact that down syndrome babies have bigger heads?

 

To Monica - June 30

What are you talking about?

 

Misty - July 1

Monica, your doctor will draw blood at an optional test and it will be sent to the lab for processing to see if it comes back with factors for being hig risk for Downs Syndrome ar Spina Abifida and a few other things. It is apparently normally called a tripla screen because I guess they test for three things(?). But they called mine a quad test when I asked my doctor about it. There is a specific window when you have to be tested for this also. So they don't just do it whenever. And yes, babies with down normally have heads that are slightly bigger in proportion to the rest of their bodies. That is info you can look up on the internet. I just don't know if they are ALWAYS slightly bigger in proportion, if they were you would think they would be able to tell your baby had it just from u/s. That I dont' know about, but now I wonder. So I'm asking my doc about it when I go to see her today.

 

Lovely - July 1

Jackie, I had the test done, without knowing how frequently there are false + outcomes... I was devastated!!! I was fearful, stressed, and had my trusted doctor tell me I could "discontinue treatment at anytime"... I wasn't sure if that meant testing... or my pregnancy. After a long time waiting for u/s and test results, meeting with a genetic councillor, It turned out, all was FINE!!!! (I had previously posted citing "bad, bad test results for Lovely) It was an awful experience. I have devoted myself to taking women OUT of having the test, now knowing it is a HIGHLY controversial test, mostly due to the high levels of inacuracy. If Downs runs in your family, if you are older than 45, then maybe consider it... otherwise, I'd say to politelt decline. It's a test that only proves to see how you can handle stress... not whether your baby MAY be genetically different.!!!!!

 

Jenn - July 1

the test has many false negatives and some false positives. Someone explained to me it was like taking a net into the ocean and trying to catch all the tuna in a mile area...you are going to obviously end up with alot of stuff that isn't tuna as well as the tuna. Alot of women receive negative results and end up having a baby with downs/birth defects. It's not a very reliable test.

 

Jackie - July 1

Lovely, I have looked in to it and discussed it with my fiance and we have decided to not do the test. I don't want it to come with back with results that are not true and freak myself out. Either way, we are going to keep the baby and love it no matter what. I am sure all is fine, but you just never know. To me, there is no point in stressing out about for the next 23 weeks. Thanks for your info.!!

 

monica - July 1

I just wanted to know the test everyone was talking about if it was the AFP or NT scan with the blood work... in any case I had them all..... so hopefully everything is fine. I am now 36 weeks.

 

Misty - July 1

Well I talked to my doctor. She said they can't tell just from a regular u/s wether a baby is high risk or not. She said they do a genetic one where they look on the back of the neck and check the thickness of the skin and they measure the lenght of all the bones, even the individual ones in the fingers and they compare them to eachother to see if they bones are all growing in sync with eachother. She told me that anyone over 35 automatically has the option to do this test. And she says, just like Lovely, that she feels there is no need ofr the test anyways unless you plan on terminating the pregnancy if it comes back that the baby does have problems.

 

Jackie - July 1

Thanks Misty, that was very nice of you to ask your doctor about that. We have decided not to do it. We will be happy either way and there is not point worrying. And what if someone did terminate our pregnancy because it came back positive and it was wrong. That would be horrible. It kind of seems like a bad test. Oh well!! Thanks so much!!

 

Misty - July 1

Oh no, nobody has the right to decide to terminate your pregnancy except for you and your husband!!! The doctors can't just decide to do that. I know you already made your decision, but on the plus side of the test, it does have false positives, but then they do additional testing to be able to know for sure if the baby has it or not. I'm not trying to change your mind, you made your decision and it is a very personal one to make. But just for anyone else out there debating, I will still say that I am glad I did it. Now that I have the results back and they were negative for anything being wrong I really don't have to worry. I know there can also be false negatives, but those are very very rare. I am glad to have the peace of mind that I do now. But different people get peace of mind from taking different courses of action. So, like I said, I'm really not trying to change your mind, just saying how it was for me.

 

monica - July 1

my opinion is it is good to take. what if there something wrong with your baby. then you can be prepared when you deliver your baby and you can deliver at a high risk hostpital and everyone will be prepared for what needs to be done and make sure everything goes better for the baby and less complications.

 

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