My Second Trimester Check list is going down without a hitch – and we’re checking things off left and right! One of the things I recommended for all my fellow preggo mamas is that you talk to your doctor about all the tests you may have to do during the second trimester. When my OB approached me about the quad screen test, she was adamant that it was super important. But I still wanted to give it some thought.
What Is A Quad Screen?
The quad screen — also known as the quadruple marker test – is a prenatal test that measures levels of four substances in pregnant women’s blood:
- Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a protein made by the developing baby
- Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone made by the placenta
- Estriol, a hormone made by the placenta and the baby’s liver
- Inhibin A, another hormone made by the placenta
In more simple terms, the blood screen tests the risk for these four:
- Risk for ONTD (Open Neural Tube Defects)
- Age Risk Down Syndrome
- MSS Down Syndrome Risk
- MSS Trisomy 18 Risk
The test can done between 15 and 22 weeks – but is more ideal between 16 and 18 weeks.
Should YOU Get A Quad Screening?
It is totally your decision to have the test! Like I always say, you should never let your Doctor pressure you into doing anything – even something as simple as a blood test. I wanted to do the research first. You should consider having the test if any of the following apply to you:
- You are age 35 or older when the baby is due
- Your family has a history of birth defects
- You’ve had a child with a previous birth defect
- You were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes prior to your pregnancy
But as always, you should do your research and make your own decision before doing anything out on a whim!
Why I Decided to Get The Test
What benefactors come with getting this test done? What are the expenses? Why is my doctor recommending it? How will getting the results impact my life?
Some moms that I’ve talked to don’t get the test just for the simple fact of that they’ll accept their baby no matter what happens. Here’s the thing about that, though. It’s not about that at all for me!!
The reason I decided to get the test isn’t because I won’t love my baby if she did have Downs Syndrome or ONTD, it’s because I want to be prepared for anything that could happen.
Being Prepared Is A GOOD Thing!
I’ve tried to do as much research as I can, because no matter what I want my babies quality of life to be amazing. I want to be able to take care of her if she has Downs or Autism or medical conditions. Of course, I can’t prepare for everything and I can’t ever know what’s going to happen. I can’t be perfect! But I can do my best to research and be educated on these kinds of things.
What is your thoughts on the Quad Screen? Would you / did you get the test done?