Is the Double- Marker test really important during Pregnancy? Pregnancy equals to a lot of tests and while some moms are super healthy and even sport a healthy glow during pregnancy, some of them are made to go on some injections and tablets to maintain the healthy pregnancy but none of them are able to spare the tests and sonographies/ultrasound scans that comes with the pregnancy but here the question remains as to ‘Are all the tests equally important?’
Most of the ladies who already have kids would recommend that it would be best not to cut costs during this precious time period and undergo all the tests recommended by your Obstetrician/Gynaecologist. But…….. some of these tests are expensive amounting to 3000 to 5000 INR at one go, so the debate remains should the women undergo these uber expensive tests or leave it to the fate of god? Afterall women have been giving birth for more than the past 10,000 years without the advent of these tests.
One such expensive but super important test happens to be the Double- Marker test!
Why is this test done?
- This test is usually done after 11 weeks but before 14 weeks of pregnancy and is used detect any kind of chromosomal abnormalities that might occur after the conception occurs.
- This is primarily a blood test which measures your levels of HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) and PAPP-A (pregnancy-associated plasma protein).
- Sources state that A woman who is carrying a baby with Down’s syndrome will have raised levels of hCG and low levels of PAPP-A in her blood thus detecting the possibility of a down syndrome.
- This test is usually combined with a special ultrasound scan called a nuchal translucency (NT) scan which measures the fluid under the skin at the back of the baby’s neck to determine the risk of Down’s syndrome.
What to do post the test?
- If this test comes out negative then really there is no reason to worry at all and it would really take some stress off of your shoulders.
- In some rare cases if this turns out to be positive then it is really dependent on your Obstetrician/Gynaecologist to take the final decision.
Importance of Awareness
Awareness is very important among women and this comes through education and that is our primary objective of writing about these tests.I had done this test while I was expecting my first baby and thank god for this test that we were relieved about everything since the beginning. So I am really pro all the tests and screenings to avoid any abnormalities and birth defects.
When you are pregnant you should find out everything related to you, childbirth and the health-related precautions and tests. Even today many people do not undergo tests thinking that it is just a way of making money for the doctors and medical professions. There is a need to eradicate this mentality and develop awareness in both pregnant moms and the general public.
I hope the information provided by us was really helpful.
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