First pregnancy I was 34 at conception (turned 35 very shortly after) and we opted not to do an NT scan. It wouldn't change anything and I didn't want to needlessly worry. This time I'm 38 and my Dr yesterday seemed to think that I absolutely should do an NT scan and strongly consider an amnio. I don't like the idea of the invasiveness of an amnio so that's not likely to happen but we're really on the fence about doing the NT scan this time. Did anyone here opt not to do the NT scan?
Re: Anyone here not do an NT scan?
My DS has a chromosome abmormalty and we didn't know till he had to have open heart surgery at three weeks old. Being prepared would have made things a lot easier.
Baby #2 MC June 2008
Baby #3 Born April 2009
Baby #4 due date February 2015
My doctor's office for some reason isn't suggesting the blood tests yet (Materniti21, Panorama, etc). My stupid insurance doesn't cover "genetic testing" of any sort and therefore didn't cover the NT scan. Out of pocket costs were too high so I skipped it and just did the quad screen again (for which I paid most of the cost also).
Personally, I would like to have all the info possible. I wouldn't terminate (why do people think it's just about that???) but I would like to know if something is wrong/be prepared. My last baby had single umbilical artery and I had high fluid, both of which can be markers for additional issues, and I would have loved to have had more test data to be less worried throughout the pregnancy. All turned out well. This time, all is well except that we have the bright spot on the heart, which is a soft marker for Down syndrome. I would have liked to have had the NT scan results also, again, to hopefully help put my mind at ease. Our risk is still super low, but when you have anything that is "abnormal" it's nice to have more data points to consider.
amygirl78: I believe NT testing is done by ultrasound, while Materni21 is done just with a blood sample. The NT test looks for physical abnormalities commonly (though certainly not always) associated with trisomies like Downs while Materni21 (and the other similar tests) look at free fetal DNA in the mother's blood, which is why it's a lot more accurate.
With our second, we did the Verifi test (I'm 36 now), which includes an u/s. We also had the blood draw to check for spina bifida. Everything came back normal so we didn't pursue any further testing.
I agree with the other ladies that the amnio is pretty invasive and I'd only do it if I had a previous test show that there was a high chance of an abnormality. We won't terminate, but would want to know so we could plan for the best possible care and delivery based on the situation.