nuchal scan ? what to do !

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  1. carrieanne

    carrieanne Well-Known Member

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    god i dont know wether to have it or not:wacko: or just do what i did with the other 4 have the blood test and hope for the best im 42 soon so my risk is 1 in 67 which is high anyway i think im just scared to know if something was wrong maybe i just dont want to know :shrug: bloody hell why cant it be simple with my daughter i had a 20 week scan and that was it but each pregnancy there seems more decisions to make :dohh:
     
  2. superp123

    superp123 Super Auntie to 3 + 1

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    I think you should ask yourself this. Will it change your mind about having your baby? If not, then I say hope for the best and avoid all the stress. Plus I've heard that the scans aren't always the most acurate at diagnosing those types of probs. They can cause more stress than is really necessary.
    Thats my two cents.
    Good luck hun.
    P
     
  3. crossroads

    crossroads Co-creator of a boy &girl

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    :hugs: I've just made this decision today myself. I'm paying £210 to have the NT scan as my hospital only offers the blood test for free. My policy is, better safe than sorry.

    I think you need to ask yourself, what would you do if the scan said you were very high risk? Would you go for the diagnostic test? What if that was positive?
     
  4. ladypotter

    ladypotter Three Girls!!!

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    I'm having it because I am 34 and had multiple losses in the past (which didn't seem to be related to chromosomal issues from at least one test done on one of the losses). I figured, it won't change my mind about the pregnancy, but if there is something there that I need to be concerned about, then I can PREPARE for it better. Good luck in your decision. :hugs:
     
  5. Starfish

    Starfish Well-Known Member

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    I decided to have it. If my baby had DS it wouldn't change anything anyway, but I also liked the opportunity to have one more chance to look at my baby and make sure all was well.
    Also, this scan can detect more severe problems, and I decided I would want to know at this stage if my baby wasn't going to make it.
     
  6. bek74

    bek74 Mum of 5

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    I am having it, but only because hubby and I want to see our beans in 3D, we didn't get to see this with our boys years ago.

    I don't trust the results, they get 2 wrong out of 10 which to me is disgusting. With your age you will most likely be in the High Risk end even if scan and bloods came back ok.
    The tests don't say your baby has DS, it can't, it just gives you a percentage rate of your RISK factor and at 42 and me at 36 I know my risk factor.
    Look I would say get the scan cause you will love seeing bubs in 3D, it also gives them a chance to check spine and skull formation etc, don't take the results of Risk Factor to seriously, because at the end of the day all it is, is an educated guess on your RISK, it doesn't mean your baby has DS.

    JMO
     
  7. venusrockstar

    venusrockstar ~Aspiring Photographer~

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    I am having it done.

    I am pretty low risk since I'm 29, but I still want it done so I know one way or the other. For me, I would want to know so I can research how to take care of a special needs child and know what to expect once it's born.
     
  8. JASMAK

    JASMAK Mom of three

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    I think this is a question that only you can answer. What would be the reasons why you would not to know. To prepare yourself so you are equipped at birth, to end the pregnancy? Would you worry and this might ease your mind? These are personal reasons and only you can make that decision. :hug:
     
  9. Adela Quested

    Adela Quested Well-Known Member

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    I am 36 and will be having it done, though I doubt very much that I will have the amnio done even if the other tests show a high risk of Down Syndrome. I need to discuss it further with my partner but I think we more or less agree that we want our bubs no matter what, so the slight risk of miscarriage from the amnio is too high for us. However I would like to be prepared in advance to know if there's a higher chance of our kiddo having the syndrome (though I know the tests are really just an educated guess).

    One of the things that has helped me a LOT with coming to terms with this risk and what I would want to do is reading up on Down Syndrome. It makes the whole idea a lot less scary and gives some insight into the challenges that individuals with Down Syndrome face, what their parents can expect, what their educational and employment prospects might be down the line.

    I honestly suggest that you do the same, it will give you a better idea of how you really feel about it and what you might want to do if you DID find that there was a super-high risk of Down's. Knowledge is power!

    :hugs:
     
  10. venusrockstar

    venusrockstar ~Aspiring Photographer~

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    We don't have the option of not getting the amnio done over here. There are 2 seperate tests they do through blood..one between 11-13 weeks and the other is between 18-22 weeks or something like that...if the tests come back positive the doctor told me I have to have the amnio regardless. The thought of it scares me, so I'm hoping the tests are negative.
     
  11. Adela Quested

    Adela Quested Well-Known Member

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    Really? Wow! I'm afraid that I have no idea about other countries apart from NL, so sorry for the misinformation. (I just discussed it with my midwife today so am sure that it's correct for here though.) It does seem odd though -- I mean, they can't *catch* you and hold you down to give the amnio, right? So how do they plan to force you?

    I'm not being flip, honestly, I just think it's really rough that committing to one means potentially committing yourself to a (very slightly) risky procedure.
     
  12. lumpybumpy

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    I'm not even going to have the bloods done as I suspect they will come back as high risk any way because of my age (37) and don't want to spend the rest of my pregnancy with that hanging over me. I wouldn't terminate the pregnancy if it was DS so wouldn't want to take the risk of an amnio to find out. It's a very personal decision though.
     
  13. moonlady12

    moonlady12 mum to 5 wonderful kids

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    i too was offered the nucal scan when i booked my dating scan today but have deicded against it,iam nrly 40 know the risk and one iam quite happy to take blindly
     
  14. carrieanne

    carrieanne Well-Known Member

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    thankyou so much ladies i still dont know what to do as time gets nearer i guess ill know for sure or not i have a little bit of time left xxx
     
  15. carrieanne

    carrieanne Well-Known Member

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    the 3d scan does seem appealing though ive never had one yet ! and i would knowif its anything really bad again thanx ladies your all wonderful xx :kiss:
     
  16. Tabbyfourpaws

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    Carrieanne - you do not look 42!! x
     
  17. carrieanne

    carrieanne Well-Known Member

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    ahh thankyou sweetie i have to say i do feel it sometimes!!!
     
  18. steph6875

    steph6875 Mother of 1

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    Hi I had they NT scan and I wished I hadn't had it done. I was 27 when I had the scan done. All the test came back normal except one the nasal bone wasn't present, which is an indication for Ds. I really wasn't happy with the way the sonographer did the test and how he went about telling me the findings.
    Me and my OH have decided to have a private scan at 16w 4d and we are hopping and crossing everything the nasal bone will be present. If not OH wants to have the Amino test, so I'm really hoping it will be showing.
    At the end of the day it is your decision and I'm sure you will make the right one. Good luck and I wish you all the best.
     
  19. mum2beagain

    mum2beagain mum to 3 under 5

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    at my hospiatl they just do a normal 2d scan to do the nucheal so they may not do a 3d one hun
     
  20. Tabbyfourpaws

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    I've got mine on Monday. They don't tell us when we are there but by phone within 2 days I think. It's going to be great if it's all hunkydory but I can imagine your whole world is flipped upside down if things aren't positive....x
     

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