Maternal Serum Screening.

I have to decide by next week if I want this screening done. They do it twice now for additional accuracy, so once in first trimester and once in mid second.
I opted out with Evan and was confident with my decision. I didn’t want to know cause it wouldn’t change a thing.
This time I agree, it wouldn’t change a thing, but if there was something were wrong, then I think knowing would help me and the doctors be more prepared for any after birth interventions necessary.
BUT on the other hand, it can cause me soooo much additional stress on top of what I already have. I mean I will be having ultrasounds so that could pick up and deformities or whatever. So many the screening is redundant. I just to try and enjoy this pregnancy as much as I can, this first trimester, intervention free has been bliss. Although I was ecstatic to hear that little heart beating 🙂

The thing is that these tests are know to be innacurate and the only way to double check if it shows something is with an Amnio. My Doctor told me the risk of misscariage with an Amnio at that stage is 1 in 200, much much higher then my risk of having a child with Downs or other disabilities ( I am 32 and in good health)..So I would not be into that. Which leads me back to..Is there a point in doing the tests at all??

Idea? Experiences? Expertise? Research? Direction? HELP…
Of course ultimatly I will do what I feel is right. I just want to consider every angle.

About mommamaynard

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on July 16, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I had it done this pregnancy, but not with Charlotte. This time I wanted every piece of information available, and this was one more test I could have.
    It was negative. I’m not sure if I would have gone ahead with an amnio if I had needed it. Glad I didn’t need to decide.

  2. from what you’ve written, it seems like the only benefit of doing it is that if something comes back abnormal, you can then choose to do an amnio for further information, which carries its own risks/benefits. but if there’s nothing that this screening will pick up that an ultrasound won’t pick up, then i think it is redundant. you’re having the u/s anyway…

  3. I didn’t do that test w Remy, but if I do get pregnant again, I probably will (although I haven’t decided for sure).

  4. I had what is called triple screening which was a combo of detailed u/s with many measurements, blood work done in first and second tri, and then a family history workup on both sides. It was because of my advanced maternal age of 36, lol. I had no interest in getting the amnio as the triple screening tested for almost all of the same things and I think the amnio is just too invasive. I personally would want to know one way or the other if there was something wrong with the baby. That is your preference of course, but just thought I’d share my somewhat recent experience with Tanner.

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