Silly Question... — The Bump
December 2011 Moms

Silly Question...

What's this NT Scan I keep hearing about?  It seems like most people are getting it at their 12 week appt. and I'm wondering if I should be asking for one this Friday when I go in for mine...?  I'm sure once someone tells me what it is it will be painfully obvious to me Embarrassed  Thanks!
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Re: Silly Question...

  • QmommyQmommy member
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    Here's a link to the information you're requesting.

    http://www.babycenter.com/0_nuchal-translucency-screening_118.bc

    It basically is an u/s and blood test that gives you an idea of your baby's risk of having a disability such as down syndrome.   

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  • And if insurance doesn't cover it...it is VERY expensive. I never had one with any of my pregnancies.
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  • I hadn't heard of it until I saw it popping up on the boards too.   My OB never mentioned it to me...just the blood testing for it, which I believe they're going to do at my next appt. next month.

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  • From what I understand-ob's generally only recommend it for "advanced maternal age" mamas, or other reasons the baby may have a risk for genetic issues. I'm an old lady-apparently-and I've had one with every pregnancy. I do-because my ob says its a good idea-and to see if there is anything I need to know about beforehand to prepare for. A heart issue, etc.  

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  • Thanks for asking. I was wondering too!
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  • Thanks ladies!  I'm scheduled to have an ultrasound for my next appt., but I specifically said at our first appointment that I didn't want any extra testing done for genetic abnormalities, downs syndrome or anything else we literally would have no control over changing.  That's probably why my midwife never even mentioned it :)
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