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Opting Out of Testing

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During pregnancy there are so many tests. I never thought in a million years when I had my first child, there would be so many hoops to jump through, so when it came to my second child, and not my third, I learned not all the testing they recommend during pregnancy is really necessary.

One of the first decisions this pregnancy I had to make was to opt in or out of the First Trimester Screening for Down Syndrome. It is a blood test, and ultrasound that estimates your risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome. With my first son, I opted in for this test not knowing much about it other than my OB/GYN at the time put it on my list of things to do. With my second son I had more information, and a provider I talked to at length about it. I opted out of the testing.

This time around I was debating the choice, do I want to do it… do I want to skip it?  I essentially decided to skip the test a second time. I don’t think it really makes a difference for our family knowing the numbers or percentage of the risk we have. Through ultrasound that we will have later on around 20 weeks, I am sure they would be able to detect a problem if there was one. It would not make a difference to our family. Because in the end, it is what it is, and we deal as a family.

Last week I read a great posting from a personal perspective from Nina Misuraca Ignaczak. She had an ultrasound that showed some abnormalities which of course freaked her out. It would do that to any parent. Even after she gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby girl, the questions the ultrasound brought up still weigh heavy on her today.

While we are going to opt for the ultrasound at 18 weeks, which is less than 2 weeks away today… we are definitely going to take the results with a grain of salt. Well of course everything other than the sex of the baby.

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