Compared to traditional prenatal screening tests, NIPT has a higher detection rate and a lower false positive rate. If the testing is reassuring, one can follow-up with her OB/GYN for the rest of your routine screening and ultrasounds that are recommended during pregnancy.
As a prenatal genetic counselor, I spend a lot of time talking to expectant mothers who will be 35 years or older at delivery, or “advanced maternal age”. There is an increased chance with each passing year that our eggs will make an error with separation of the chromosomes (the packets of material that contain our genes) during fertilization.
No matter what the circumstances, no woman is prepared to be placed on bed rest and taken away from all the roles and responsibilities that define her. Suddenly you’re no longer a coworker or a mom, a wife or partner, a daughter, sister or friend.
Women with twin pregnancies have increased risks in general compared to women carrying a single fetus. In particular, women pregnant with twins are at increased risk for preterm birth.
Most people can think of someone they know or someone famous who either is a twin or has had twins. As exciting as the prospect of having twins may be, the presence of “more than one heartbeat” is only the beginning of the twin pregnancy story.