I am nearly 17 wks pregnant and just received my triple screen results on Friday; my test came back with an elevated risk for trisomy 18; the number they gave me was 1 in 95. I am 31, healthy, no history of genetic issues in the famiy. My husband also has no history in his extended family and has two healthy boys already.
From what I understand trisomy 18 is very rare (1 in 6,000 births). I have several friends who had a positive elevated reading on the triple screen, and all went on to have healthy, normal babies. I have read that there is a high rate of false positive, and that even 1 in 95 means about a 1% chance of having the problem. Despite all this, I am freaking out. I simply cannot believe this is happening to me. I was so scared to take this test for this reason and wish I hadn't. My dr. didn't give me the option of not taking it. I've been sobbing since yesterday.
Thankfully, we have an appnt. on Monday at 9:00 am for a level 2 and maybe an amnio if necessary, so I don't have to wait long. Please offer positive words!