What are your opinions on prenatal genetic testing? Would you recommend doing it? I’m very hesitant about taking it

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I want any and all testing because I believe knowledge is power. For example, if I need to deliver at a hospital with a great NICU or if I’m likely to need access to a pediatric cardiologist shortly after birth. If you don’t want to know or don’t want to plan in advance, don’t do it.

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Agree with this. It would change any of my decisions, but it did/would empower me to get the right care in place if needed, whether that meant the hospital I selected or if I wanted to do research of specialists and needed to get on waitlists. I didn’t want to feel powerless if help was needed!

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Knowledge is power. You may decide you won’t terminate under any circumstances, but knowing what you’ll be up against is good to start preparing to make the transition easier. As PwC1 said, it can help in the selection of a hospital to give the best care to your new one. We opted in for every test along the way and don’t regret that decision one bit.

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How old are you? What type of testing? Something like NIPT is helpful and not invasive and typically recommended as there’s no downside. You can know if the baby has downs or other serious issues as early as 10 weeks in. Many other tests aren’t necessarily recommended to everyone — it’s more for when this test or your health history point to a higher than normal probability of something.

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I did NIPT and will do NT soon, and go from there. It’s just a matter of money. I am willing to part with a few hundred or more to know the baby is healthy.

Even if you are against abortion, it’s still go to know because you can start looking for resources to better support your baby.

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Same mentality here. It is just some small extra cost ($199 for my test out of pocket) with more information about my baby so that we can be prepared. Plus the benefit of NIPT is to know gender early.

I did the NIPT with both my pregnancies, but elected not to do the “extended panel” testing. The NIPT was important to us because it identifies chromosomal abnormalities, which includes conditions where we would have considered TFMR.

The full panel included diagnoses/potential that did not seem as pertinent to identify during pregnancy, as they wouldn’t have affected my pregnancy care.

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I just did mine and my husbands blood work and awaiting results, NIPT and screening is in 2 weeks at 11 weeks. I am excited to have as much information about the human I am growing as possible for multiple reasons. Most importantly, 1: planning for birth 2: so little else is in my control so this helps me feel more informed and helps me make more informed choices 3: if the embryo is severely deformed or not developing, I personally (my opinion) do not want to bring a baby into that level of suffering and want to be able to make that choice as early as possible.

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Why are you very hesitant?

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Why are you hesitant? Agree with the others, I want as much knowledge as possible. I did genetic testing prior to even being pregnant, (through IVF, testing of the embryos), and also did the 12 week genetic testing

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I did the NIPT and NT ultrasound. To echo what everyone else is saying, knowledge is power. Regardless of what you choose to do with that knowledge. I’d rather know what I’m up against. Also, having the NT scan just gave me some more peace of mind to see the baby again on ultrasound and hear his heartbeat. I’m at 18.5 weeks now and have some level of comfort knowing I just saw/heard him 5 weeks ago. While people say wonderful things about the 2nd trimester, it’s such an anxious time before you really start showing or you start to feel their kicks because your early pregnancy symptoms start fading. Im like am I still pregnant? I cant wait for the anatomy scan next week!

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