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To test or not to test

Every pregnancy is a very personal journey and whilst decades ago mums gave birth to their

babies around nine months and dealt with any complications as and when they arose afterwards; nowadays there are numerous screening tests to find out everything from the baby’s gender to health problems such as infectious diseases, Down’s syndrome or physical abnormalities. However, whilst screening tests are offered free on the NHS, the choice as to whether to have them is entirely up to the mother.

We asked two of our bloggers, Nathalie and Amelia whether they chose to accept the screening test on offer.


With regards to the screening, I have opted in for every test there is although I must say that Bridget Jones and her baby film must have put a lot of women off the amniocentesis (including myself) after seeing that huge needle! I would only reconsider if I was medically advised to but given my age and pregnancy so far, I wouldn’t opt for it now.


At my first midwife appointment, I was not told anything about the nuchal translucency scan at all. The midwife just said she had booked me in for the test with my 12-week scan and sent me away with a leaflet to read. I read the leaflet that I was provided and then, inevitably, headed straight for google to learn more about the test and what other mums had decided and why.

Everyone has different opinions and reasons for and against having the scan and so looking online did not make the decision much easier. However, after much consideration, we decided not to have the nuchal translucency scan.

Our reasoning behind this was that we knew that if the initial test result came back high risk, there was no way that we would want to have an amniocentesis, with the associated risk of miscarriage, to give a full diagnosis of whether the baby has Down's Syndrome or one of the other syndromes tested for. Had the initial test come back high risk, we would have spent the rest of the pregnancy worrying, potentially over nothing. For this reason, we decided that we would rather not know whether we are high or low risk in the first place and we will face any complications together, if there are any, when the time comes to meet our baby.

For more information about screening in pregnancy visit the NHS website at:

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