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Old May 17th, 2012, 10:06 AM   1
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Blood tests/downs


I had my test Tuesday. If I was high risk how soon would they call? Xx



 
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Old May 17th, 2012, 10:09 AM   2
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Not sure I opted out I've read that it's a very unreliable test I didn't even bother.



 
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Old May 17th, 2012, 10:17 AM   3
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I'm not sure as I never had them, but I'd call them Tuesday coming if you haven't heard anything just to put your mind at rest one way or another



 
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Old May 17th, 2012, 10:50 AM   4
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I've just had an appointment with my MW about this, she told me if I come back high risk they will be in contact straight away via phone to then offer me the tissue test. If I come back low risk then you just have to wait for the letter through the post


I know I will come back high risk anyway due to my age 38



 
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Old May 17th, 2012, 13:08 PM   5
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Hi, been for the blood tests today and they advised that if they show high risk they would in in touch within a week. X



 
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Old May 17th, 2012, 13:10 PM   6
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Hi ladies,

How early on can your blood be tested for Downs and other abnormalities? I work with adults with LD and in some ways my experience has caused me to be particularly anxious about it, so it's something I really want to know as early as possible in case I need to get my head round it!

Thanks x



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Old May 17th, 2012, 13:18 PM   7
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Hi ladies,

How early on can your blood be tested for Downs and other abnormalities? I work with adults with LD and in some ways my experience has caused me to be particularly anxious about it, so it's something I really want to know as early as possible in case I need to get my head round it!

Thanks x
I'm not sure about just the blood test but for the combined test (nuchal fold measurement and bloods) the baby has to be at least 45mm CRL which I think is around 11 weeks and 3 days.. I had my combined test done on Monday and measured 11+1 and she said she had managed to take the measurements and they should be ok but I received a call from the hospital today telling me they need me to go back for a re-scan on Monday because my bubs wasn't big enough at only 42mm CRL.

Hope that helps x



 
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Old May 18th, 2012, 09:30 AM   8
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The test is very unreliable. With my first son, they gave me a 1 in 103 chance of him having DS. However at my fetal assessment scan he showed no cursers for it and he was born very healthy and is an amazing 8 year old today. That test made my pregnancy so horrible for the last 4 months worrying and wondering. I opted to not have it with my second son and he is a healthy 6 year old today!



 
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Old May 18th, 2012, 09:34 AM   9
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The test is very unreliable. With my first son, they gave me a 1 in 103 chance of him having DS. However at my fetal assessment scan he showed no cursers for it and he was born very healthy and is an amazing 8 year old today. That test made my pregnancy so horrible for the last 4 months worrying and wondering. I opted to not have it with my second son and he is a healthy 6 year old today!

This is exactly why i opted not to have the screening tests.. i have heard of so many people coming out as high risk, the results are so unreliable!
I would panic through my whole pregnancy that something was terribly wrong when chances are everything is fine, and so many people risk losing their baby through the amnio or CVS test when they come back as 'high risk' only for nothing to be wrong!

Just know that even if you come back as high risk.. the chances are nothing is wrong and i hope you can still enjoy your pregnancy rather than being stressed and upset for 6 months! x



 
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Old May 18th, 2012, 10:06 AM   10
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Unreliable is a terrible word to use. Yes there are many false indicators but it's a screening test and there's many follow ups that are not invasive to check further. I'd rather worry and go on to have a healthy baby than be ignorant and find out my baby was sick or worse because I didnt want to worry. This test is for much more than just down syndrome. This test saved my life. I was a healthy 31 year old with no risk issues. We had a 1 in 10 chance of a problem and we were that one. Or baby sadly died but knowing his issues ahead of his passing saved my life. He suffered from something that could have taken my life in the middle of the night at any given time. Without the test that's how I would have found out he was so sick by me being in the emergency room dying myself. Instead the test helped them to monitor me and help make his passing as less horrible than it already had to be.

I am a rare case but I get really upset when people trivialize these tests and don't want them because they dont want to worry. To me information is power.



 
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