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    I cared about the result, but wouldn't have terminated. I felt if there was an issue I could be more prepared and educated for when bubs arrived.

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    I didn't have the scan done because I wouldn't terminate & I wouldn't want to know (at least at that stage).

    Some people get it done because even if they wouldn't terminate, they want to know.

    Others get it done just to see their baby - but you need to be careful as if the result is not so good your dr may start discussing further testing or termination with you (or may recommend it based on the results) so you need to determine how you'll feel about that.

    Eta: some people have mention the hb & checking whether pregnancy will continue...my bub's heartbeat was checked by my midwife at 13 weeks using a doppler, you don't necessarily need a scan to check this (usually) once you get to 12 weeks.

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    The nt scan is not just about the nt result. They look at other things & check baby is growing properly. If I knew I wasn't going to terminate I would still want to be prepared.

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    Ive had 3 babies and never had an NT scan. We chose not to. With my 3rd pregnancy I only had a scan at 17 weeks and then at 21 weeks, and the 17 week scan was because I was admitted to hospital with pulled muscles from carrying my then 2.5 year old too much and they wanted to make sure the baby was ok.

    I was never pressured by my drs or midwives to have the NT scan. My midwife and ob actually said that the scan is not really necessary given my young age and the fact that we wouldnt terminate.

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    Even though I wouldn't have aborted a bub with a disability I still had the 12 week scans for several reasons:
    - I wanted to make sure bub was ok (ie no missed miscarriage)
    - If bub was disabled I wanted to know so I could prepare (eg research care and education options, or if bub would not survive to seek support early). I find being prepared and organised helps me in difficult times.

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    I was never aware that the point of it was to determine whether or not mum would terminate - I thought it was to check for certain abnormalities. I had a few scans during my pregnancy, none of which were to tempt me to terminate or not, but to keep me informed of how the baby was. If he had a cleft palate, heart issues, an extra chromosome, I would have wanted to know and be prepared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Even though I wouldn't have aborted a bub with a disability I still had the 12 week scans for several reasons:
    - I wanted to make sure bub was ok (ie no missed miscarriage)
    - If bub was disabled I wanted to know so I could prepare (eg research care and education options, or if bub would not survive to seek support early). I find being prepared and organised helps me in difficult times.
    This was me too but more importantly for me was the fact that this was my very first ever ultrasound and they picked up I had 3 good size fibroids , one near my cervix so even though they were harmless it meant a total turn around for my anti natal care, no natural birth so I'm glad I had the scan and my Obgyn could put a plan in place


 

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