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Old 12-27-2017, 11:39 PM
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Congratulations!! That is so exciting!

I donít have that age pregnancy experience, but in terms of genetic testing, I think you have to consider this: IF you did find out anything troublesome from the testing, would it change anything for you? For me, i would still want my baby no matter what, and deal with issues when we found out at birth. I would rather avoid invasive testing if at all possible. If there are physical issues the doctor will be able to see them they an ultrasound, and then you could go from there. But testing Just in case, just because you are older, doesnít make sense to me.

Try to enjoy this time and rest in the knowledge that your baby is coming! You have made it so far already, now just wait a little longer more!


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Old 12-27-2017, 11:43 PM
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A former coworker had a baby at 42. Her baby was born healthy after a very good pregnancy.

I think you have to ask yourself what will genetic testing do in your case. will it make a difference in whether you will keep the baby or whether an intervention will take place before the birth to help the baby if there is a problem. Also, genetic testing is invasive at this point and carries it's own risks for your baby.
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Old 12-28-2017, 12:45 AM
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Iím 22 weeks pregnant, not high risk, just like information. All 3 tests were non invasive (drew my blood), I donít know why you would do the invasive ones to start (I suppose some insurance does cover the invasive more because theyíre older but it was certainly worth the costs for the piece of mind).

Carrier screening
Cost was $350 through counsyl for 176 diseases to see if I was a carrier for recessive diseases like cystic fibrosis or x linked diseases like fragile x. I am a carrier for one that could lead to developmental delays but itís rare, my baby will be checked at birth, and if she has it itís pill a day so she lives a normal life. If it came back with me being a carrier for scarier ones my husband would have gotten it done.

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Cost was $200 through harmony to test for sex and Trisonomies. Given your age many insurances would pay for this (we paid out of pocket as weíre under 35). This test claims to have better accuracy than nt testing, amino testing or the 3rd one with letters that is invasive.

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Insurance covered this one mainly for Spina bifida, it cost me like $7.

Besides the money aspect there is no downside even if you would keep the baby no matter what.
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:04 AM
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I was 33 when I had my second son. They wanted to do amniocentesis because of my age. I opted not to do it as I would have had him regardless of his diagnosis. They were concerned about Downs Syndrome. I did have preterm labor at 30 weeks. He was born a month early and weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. He is now 6'4" and weighs 250 lbs.
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Old 12-28-2017, 11:21 AM
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and he is healthy and happy. I get the worrying. I worried as well, but it all worked out. I wish for you a healthy pregnancy and peace in your mind and your heart.


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Old 12-28-2017, 04:39 PM
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I am 40 and about 10 weeks pregnant. I had to use fertility treatments and had IUI to get pregnant. Now I'm so worried about the genetic problems that could happen with my age. I go in at 12 weeks for some screening but I can't stop worrying that something could be wrong with the baby. Did any of you opt to have invasive testing for genetics? Or anyone my age have a healthy pregnancy?
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Old 12-28-2017, 06:47 PM
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First, congratulations on your pregnancy! I know it's hard not to worry. I had my DD at the age of 38. During a level 2 ultrasound for high risk moms, the doctors told us that our baby had water on the brain and fatty deposits on her spine. We opted to not have any further testing. Well, she was born absolutely perfect. She is beautiful, talented and smart. The doctors who did the ultrasound came to the wrong conclusions. In my opinion, do the regular testing, but only do the more extensive testing if there is a reason. Try to enjoy your pregnancy.
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Old 12-28-2017, 09:14 PM
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A great big CONGRATULATIONS to you!

I would only do the routine testing including ultrasounds. The levels at which they can perform ultrasounds now can tell you much of what you need to know. Many women have babies in their early to mid 40s and most have no problems.

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Old 12-29-2017, 06:51 AM
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Congratulations on your pregnancy!

I was 33 when I gave birth to DS, so not technically advanced maternal age. I did not do any genetic testing, though it was offered. Why? Mainly because I couldn't afford it. Secondly, because it wouldn't matter. I wouldn't abort if something had been wrong and honestly, it would have just caused more worry if something was and stolen any joy left in my pregnancy. I figured if anything was wrong structurally that would require special delivery it could be seen during the anatomy ultrasound.
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:03 AM
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He was born a month early and weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. He is now 6'4" and weighs 250 lbs.
My daughter was born a week late and was 6 lbs 11 oz. She's a little peanut.

I was 33 when I got pregnant and 34 when she was born. Because of my age we were told the testing would not be covered by insurance and how much it would cost. We opted not to have it. One because of the possible risks and two because to us it was just not necessary. They are able to tell a lot with ultrasounds and to me that was enough.

However, both my husband and I are Jewish and that there has the possibility of a lot of genetic issues (generations of inbreeding back in the day). Through a jewish organization here they offer genetic testing for pretty much free. I am a carrier for some random genetic disease so my husband also had to be tested. He is not a carrier for anything. The chances my daughter would have ended up with the disease I am a carrier for was so slim they did not do any special testing.


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Old 12-29-2017, 11:26 AM
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I buried my head in the sand. I was 39. High risk and was offered termination if I wanted it.

My thought is what will you do with the information? Will finding out something "bad" change your opinion on the pregnancy? Down Syndrome? Different genetic issues? (Tay Sachs)
For some people these are absolute deal breakers.

For me...finding something wrong would have done nothing to make me feel better. It wouldn't impower me. I really didn't want to spend the next 6 months explaining crap to nosey people.

I didn't do ANY genetic test. I did the routine blood work and ultra sounds. I wanted to enjoy my d*mn pregnancy.

Because I refused the CYA tests, I was punted to out of the high risk specialist OB/GYN to the regular one.

The only issue I had was the cord wrapped around DD neck. None of the tests would have picked that up. After 23 hours of no labor progression, I had a C section anyway.

I did ultrasounds and blood work. That's it.

Congrats! ------->DD is now 13, and is in the PITA stage of life. Had no issues at birth.
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:54 PM
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I was 37 when I was pregnant with DD. I had extra blood tests, but that was it. DH and I chose not to have any type of invasive testing.
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It's normal at almost every age
Old 12-29-2017, 06:24 PM
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I was older for this area and my Dr wanted all the tests. We declined.

Do the regular Ultrasounds and blood draws, etc. I would not do any testing of an invasive nature-amnio, etc that involve a needle into the abdomen or sac. The risks are not worth it to me.

Try not to worry.
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