Pregnancy 35+ Community
amniocentesis
About This Community:

Our Pregnancy Support Forum is for women 35 years and older. This is where you can communicate with other women who share your interest in pregnancy and childbirth issues. This forum is not monitored by medical professionals.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

amniocentesis

i am 35 and have two children and another on the way. I just found out that i have a higher risk of having a down's syndrome baby than normal ( 1 in 122). I now have to decide whether to have an amniocentesis. Has anybody else been through this procedure as i have heard there are risks to having the amnio done?
5 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
My friend had one done and lost her baby who was healthy. I would think long and hard about getting it done. Plenty of women have one with no problems but the risks are there. I guess it depends on your reasons for having it done. If you think that you can cope with having a child with a disability and possible health problems then I wouldn't get it done. I also have a couple of friends with downs and although they have had health problems they lead completely happy independent lives and are wonderful people. It is your decision though and a tough call to make. I wish you all the luck in whatever you decide.
Blank
294043_tn?1354211546
I suggest you do NT scan first and see if you are at high risk pof having DS baby.  If you classified as low risk I would not do amnio.
I had only NT dpone when I was 35 and NT scan+blood test basically ruled out trisomy 21 and 18. This time around I am 39 and having twins so I did amnio.  It was a safe and easy test; I am glad I did it this time around.  NT scan is not very accurate with twins though so we had few options.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
your risk is something like 0.75%, seems crazy that that is deemed high risk! Keep us posted on your decision, good luck
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
There are screening tests that can be done prior to amnio. Risks vary from what I hear and can depend on health of mother (ie overweight can make procedure difficult).  My friend who is also 42 and at 36 wks had amnio for peace of mind and she is an ER ultrasound tech and has assisted on amnios.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Hi, from my nuchal translucency test at 11 wks pregnant, I was very high risk for Down's. I decided not to have an amnio because my baby was too precious to risk losing ( I had lost my baby boy at 29wks, 10 mths earlier). I was pressured and frightened by the Drs in to having the test so eventually had one at 28wks. Leaving it so late meant it was a more painful procedure but gave my baby a chance if I did go into premature labour. It was good to rule out what the Drs were fearing could have been wrong with my baby, and as I always knew in my heart that my daughter had Down's it gave me valuable time to prepare for her arrival. It's a difficult choice to make and if I was in that position again, I think I would make the same decision and wait til a safer time for the baby. This is only fine if someone is sure they  want to continue with the pregnancy. Good luck
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Pregnancy 35+ Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Pregnancy Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
momof2expectingsept
7721203_tn?1414522568
Blank
OctoberMommy2014
SC
8255052_tn?1399865406
Blank
mommybrandyozuna
Houston, TX
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Star3789
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Novembermommy1104
7757724_tn?1396283186
Blank
HannahJohnson
none of your business, OH