September 2014 Moms

Genetic tests - opinions please!

Hey ladies! I need some help. OB is offering genetic testing due to my age (35, will be 36 at delivery). DH and I are both healthy, no family history of any genetic disorders. DH is all for the testing, preferably the Harmony/Panorama - the noninvasive blood tests. I have no interest in the tests. There is no result that would make me terminate, so why bother? I'm fairly certain that these tests - even the blood test - only show you the RISK of defects rather than diagnosing a defect is in fact there. Why make myself crazy and go through rounds of tests?

*sigh* I'm trying to talk myself into being ok with the testing. Need some help though.
thanks!
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Re: Genetic tests - opinions please!

  • If you would keep the baby either way then I don't see the point of doing the genetic testing either.  At the end of the day it's your choice and if you're not comfortable with it then your doctor should respect your wishes. 
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  • I chose to have the testing during my last pregnancy (and will again this time) for 2 reasons.

    1) If there was an abnormality we could be more prepared. It wouldn't have changed the hospital, but if needed we could have NICU doctors in the delivery room.

    2) Peace of mind. When the results came back "normal" I just felt better. I didn't even realize I was nervous about it until I felt that sense of relief.

    There's also nothing wrong with deciding not to test.

     

     

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  • The doctor recommended these tests for me, also.  I'm not having them done.  My reasoning is that it's not going to make a difference in whether or not I keep this baby, and if something were to come back of concern, I would stress myself out over it for the next 7 months.  Although I can see the benefit of knowing, I think the stress (knowing myself) would be something that I would really have difficulty in handling.
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  • We also have to decide by our next appointment whether or not we will have the testing (Maternti21) done.  My husband is full on board wanting to have them.  I am now leaning towards having it too.

    Like others have said, it just makes you more ready for anything that has a real possibility of being a reality for us and the baby.  Plus I think it will also just make me more rest assured if the tests come back ok.
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  • My very limited experience with devastating prenatal news is this: I have two friends who have both had babies with Trisomy 18 (incompatible with life). Neither friend opted for the genetic screening, but the trisomy was suspected after each one's 20 week anatomy scan. Follow up testing then confirmed, so both ladies were aware before the births even though they did not partake in the earlier screening tests. Because my friends eventually did know about their babies before they were born, and because I would not choose to terminate under any circumstances, I am opting out of these tests. I would think that any abnormalities would be caught at the 20 week scan, but if they are missed, I I would find out after delivery, which is okay, too.
  • Asallade said:

    Hey ladies! I need some help. OB is offering genetic testing due to my age (35, will be 36 at delivery). DH and I are both healthy, no family history of any genetic disorders. DH is all for the testing, preferably the Harmony/Panorama - the noninvasive blood tests. I have no interest in the tests. There is no result that would make me terminate, so why bother? I'm fairly certain that these tests - even the blood test - only show you the RISK of defects rather than diagnosing a defect is in fact there. Why make myself crazy and go through rounds of tests?

    *sigh* I'm trying to talk myself into being ok with the testing. Need some help though.
    thanks!

    I had my first at 35 and declined testing for all the reasons you stated. I'm now 36 and just declined again. Personal choice!
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  • It's personal choice and no one here can tell you what's best for you and your family. That being said, I'm a big believer in testing if only to give yourself time to prepare. If you test and something comes back abnormal, you can start researching resources for your child. You would also have time to cope with some potentially rough news...for example, only a percentage of pregnancies diagnosed Downs Syndrome survive to full term.
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  • We declined testing with both of my pregnancies. If I were older or higher risk for some other reason, I might have decided to do it. It's just not something we felt like we needed to do at this point. I honestly could have probably been swayed either way, but DH didn't really want to do it so we declined.
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  • I'll just share where I'm at with my own since I feel everyone's situation is so different. I like the idea of the unknown drives me crazy. That's how I am about everything. I like the have a sense of peace with knowing what's going on. You need to determine if you need that sense of knowing or if you are okay finding out later in life with your lil one. I'm like you, NO answer would change my mind about the baby, so maybe the preparation of knowing would help.

    Sorry if that was wordy. Your baby is a blessing no matter what happens! Good luck and let us know what you decide!
  • When I first started thinking about prenatal testing, I agreed with OP 100%. If nothing would make me end the pregnancy, why test? Now I feel like there's so much I CAN'T know or prepare for, if there's no risk inherent in the test, why not take the information available? Anything non invasive & covered by insurance will be a go for us.

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  • @dearfoam - I think Verify coverage depends on insurance. I went online to their website and got the correct codes and lab info to give to my insurance (United) and was told it is covered. I'm having my test tomorrow so I guess we'll see what kind of bill I get!
  • I didn't test with DS and won't this time around either. I have the same line of thought as you. And since tests aren't 100% anyway. I feel like they could potentially cause a lot of undue stress and anxiety. I'd rather find out when I meet my LO.
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  • The tests really have nothing to do with whether or not you will keep your baby or not based on the results. 

    These tests are to give you an educational idea of what could be coming down the road for your and your husband.  

    Our first go around I was also a "no" because regardless I would not terminate.  Now, that we had a miscarriage and find ourselves back making this decision much quicker than we thought we would, we both agree that non-invasive testing is a good option.  Both my husband and I fully agree that we would not terminate as a result of the genetics testing; however, having the tests done could help prepare us in case our child was going to have a genetics issue when born.  It would give us time to research specialist, additional things that we'll need, etc.  

    I agree with your husband that doing the blood testing is a good idea. I think the "I won't terminate anyways" is a poor excuses to learn if your child could have issues. 
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  • I'm pro-testing. It's good to be informed.  If there are issues, wouldn't you want to know and prepare in advance?

    Unlike you though, I would terminate for certain reasons (eg, a diagnosis of a Trisomy not compatible with life, etc).
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  • Thanks ladies for all the comments! Do the blood tests work like the others? By that I mean: does it tell you the child's RISK of having a defect (which requires additional testing to determine actual defect) or does it confirm actually having (or not) the defect?

    Because there's a big difference between being 98% accurate with a 1 in 100 vs 1 in 10,000 chance and being 98% accurate that there is actually a problem.
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  • @asallade from my understanding about the testing that i was offered, the test will come back 'positive' if you are found to have an INCREASED risk (if the standard risk is 1 in 1000 and you come back as a risk of 1 in 999, you willl have a positive result) . This is one of the reasons I chose not to do testing.  I have extreme generalized anxiety disorder and I feel that these types of inconclusive results would make me a very poor home for the baby.
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  • There is no point as far as I am concerned. Do you want to be freaking out for the duration of your pregnancy? My first born has Down syndrome and we didn't know until birth. I have always thought I would prefer it that way. Your child will fit into your lives no matter what. None of our children are going to be what we expect. We can't predict colic or acid reflux or gluten allergies, etc. good luck!!!
  • My doctor led me to believe there was no rush to decide whether or not we want the Maternit21 test, as it can be done any time from 10 weeks on. I'm not sure about the other tests and if timing is important. Maybe ask if you can have more time to think about it if you aren't ready to make a decision yet.
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