Now, not only are there 3D ultrasounds, there are all kinds of genetic testing that can be done with a blood test or a simple swab of the mouth. They tell you the specific likelihood of having a Down Syndrome baby, a baby with Cystic Fibrosis, amongst other things. And then there is the option of amniocentesis, which has a higher chance of resulting in a miscarriage. These tests are considered “optional” and a lot of health insurance companies won’t necessarily cover them.
These are tests we never even knew were available and they were put on the table at our first
OB appointment. We have gone back and forth on whether or not to take part in the tests but our doctor and others like to throw different options at us. Here are a few takes on it…
- Say we find out that we have a 99.9% chance of a having a child with Down Syndrome or Cystic Fibrosis. Ok. What would we do?
1. After watching our 9 week old baby wave and kick in the first ultrasound, there is not a chance in this world that we would choose to abort this life. So, no, we will not take the tests, because it would just cause undue stress and worry in the pregnancy.
But there’s always another side…
2. Say we do find out that we’re expecting a child with a detectible disability. We have time to prepare and research treatments and doctors equipped at dealing with cases like this from the very moment our baby enters the world. Being a planner by nature, there are some good points there to consider.
3. OR, we take the tests and they come back negative and there’s a much needed sigh of relief.
It’s like trying to figure out if we’ll choose to know the sex of our baby. We waiver on it daily. But for this instance, my heart tells me that God’s WILL will be done, regardless. I’ve researched and there’s a lot of “false positives” on these tests. I want to enjoy my first pregnancy. In just 12 weeks of pregnancy I’ve learned that you worry about things during pregnancy anyways, so I don’t need another thing weighing on me.
But in any case, for you mothers out there, do you have any thoughts or suggestions on the topic? Please share them with me if you do!