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More Discussion about Genetics - Do I Need Both PGD/PGS and MaterniT21?

Genetic tests like MaterniT21 and Counsyl can be quite expensive. If you got pregnant through IVF and have transferred a PGD/PGS tested embryo, you may wonder if you need to take another genetic test. I asked this question to my fertility doctor, maternal fetal medicine specialist, and OB. They all agreed that PGS/PGD and MaterniT21/Counsyl essentially test the same thing - genetic abnormalities - at different stages of pregnancy. Genetic information the embryo contained at the time of transfer does NOT change later in pregnancy. So, you do NOT need to take another genetic test later if you have taken a pre-implantation genetic test.  However, it is important that you know what chromosomes your pre-implantation test examined, and post-implantation tests...

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DNA Testing - MaterniT21 Plus or Counsyl?

One of the decisions that expecting moms need to make after 10 weeks is whether or not to take screening tests for genetic problems. Typically, people take a screening test like a NT scan and/or DNA tests like MaterniT21 and Counsyl before considering amniocentesis, which is a diagnostic test.  A NT scan detects the possibility of Down syndrome at an accuracy rate of 70-80%, while DNA tests can detect the possibility of several genetic problems including Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome, Patau syndrome, and Sex chromosome abnormalities at an accuracy rate of 98%. So, which one to take? Given my advanced maternity age (44!), it was a no brainer. I skipped the NT test and proceeded with a DNA test.  Now, another question. Several companies offer...

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First Kick! When did you feel it, and what was it like? Share your experience!

Have you felt the first kick? According to specialists, moms who have previously experienced pregnancy feel the first kick much earlier than the first-time moms as they know what it feels like and can distinguish it from movements of the intestine, gas, etc. However, almost all women can feel the fetus movements by 22-24 weeks.  I think I started feeling flattering and gargling around 19 weeks, but I wasn't quite sure if they were the baby or my intestines. The moment at which I clearly felt the first kick was when I was lying down around 21 weeks.  The first kick was more like a big fish wiggling in my abdomen than a 'kick.' But since that day, I have been...

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Are Handheld Fetal Monitors Safe?

The short answer is YES.  I started feeling my baby girl's movements around 21 weeks, but till then, I was often concerned if she was alive. In the past I have had two missed abortions, which is a type of miscarriage that doesn't immediately cause bleeding, and where the body doesn't realize the passing of the femus for weeks. So whenever my morning sickness symptoms faded away, I worried perhaps my baby had passed inside of the womb.  So, my husband purchased a handheld fetal monitor at Amazon ($60 with a free return offer) when I was 15 weeks pregnant. Customer reviews were mixed, but it was FDA approved, so we got one for peace of mind. AND, we were pleasantly surprised! Womb...

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