Pregnancy can be both the most exciting and fearful time of a woman’s life. An exciting time for all the obvious reasons of expanding your family and bringing a precious life into the world. A fearful time because of all the unknowns. While most babies are born healthy, there is that small percentage that are born with a chromosomal disorder.
With my first pregnancy, my doctor suggested we take advantage of the technology and get the prenatal testing done. We said, “sure, why not?” first time parents, we just did whatever our doctors recommended. The truth is, we had no idea what it was, why we were taking it, or even really the risks that were associated with any of the disorders this test was testing for.
While we were so blessed that our daughter is a happy, healthy baby, I swore if we had another baby I would do more research. I would be more educated on risks and what my options were. Well, that time has come for baby #2 and we knew that we would definitely choose to take the non-invasive prenatal testing again commonly referred to as NIPT. This time around we decided to go with Integrated Genetics MaterniT21 PLUS test.
With our recent miscarriage in December, it was a wakeup call that while I am still young and healthy, I am not immune to heartbreak. I was also reminded that sometimes things are outside of my control. What we can control is the information to help guide us to proper management of our pregnancy, which includes NIPT. With this information, it can give you critical time to prepare for the birth of a child with extra needs. This means extra time to prepare emotionally, financially and physically. While there are certain factors that can put you at higher risk, the truth is anyone can have a pregnancy with chromosomal abnormalities.
With this being my second pregnancy and having one prior miscarriage, I believe this testing is absolutely necessary. Knowledge is power.
Why the MaterniT21 Plus test?
The first and main reason I chose Integrated Genetics is because they are the pioneers of NIPT. They have analyzed the largest number of patient samples and that gives me peace of mind.
This particular test is done through a simple blood draw, so it doesn’t carry the risk of miscarriage like many of the more invasive diagnostic procedures. I also loved the fact that I could have the test done as early as nine weeks and could expect my results back within 5 days. My tests were completed even faster than that.
This test is testing for the following abnormalities: Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome, Patau Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Triple X Syndrome, and XYY Syndrome. On top of that, you will also have the ability to find out the gender of your child.
They work closely with LabCorp to make it easy to get your blood drawn at various locations across the United States.
What About Cost?
If you are under 35, you may be fearful that your insurance will say they won’t cover the cost. Please don’t let that deter you from doing your research. To make that process easier, you can find the cost estimator on Integrated Genetics’ website where you can calculate approximately how much you will be paying out-of-pocket based on your specific insurance. You can find that cost estimator here.
I bet you are wondering if I am going to tell you the gender of our baby now since I mentioned that our results came back. Well, the doctor still has those until my appointment on Friday and on top of that, we plan to do some gender reveal pictures so our photographer will be the first to know our baby’s gender.
Check back here next week for an update on all our genetic testing done by the MaterniT21 PLUS test along with the gender reveal of our sweet baby!