Wondering if anyone can help me? Just phoned parents to find out about family history before i see the mw for the first time on saturday.
Have been told that:
Hubbys auntie had cerebral palsy
Hubbys cousin has severe downs and severe autism
My grandad was born with a hole in the heart
Also found out:
My mum m/c at 11 weeks before i was born
My dad was initially one of 3, but 2 babies died within a few days of being born(dont know why, maybe to do with the hole in the heart).
Does anyone know if this history increases the risk of health issues or m/c for my baby? I am worried now, i didn't think there was anything like this in the family, i have literally just been told in the last few minutes and now i am panicking.
i really dont have the answer - but we went for our first midwife appt today and talked about all this before.
We dont have any history of anything as we know at the mo, but even if there is this in your family you could only POSSIBLY be a carrier of the gene/s and so could your partner. They could also be dormant, or, you might not have them at all.
It would be a real stike of bad luck, and very unlikely that you and your partner combined would cause your baby to have any/all of those conditions.
The triple test is the best way to find out about all this and the risk to your baby, but they dont do that until 15 weeks. Try not to worry, but talk it though with your OH to talk about your options with either outcome.
Try not to worry sweetie - I was born with a hole in the heart and had to have an op to fix it when I was a baby. I have had absolutely no after effects whatsoever and have lead a perfectly normal life I was told by my midwife that it's not hereditary either; it's just chance. The same goes for cerebal palsy too - it's not hereditary either xx
The cause of cerebral palsy isn't fully understood but we think it orginates because of an external insult/environmental factors and not genetics. A 'hole in the heart' covers a lot of conditions, some serious and some which may not cause clinical symptoms. Some 'holes in the heart' have a genetic inheritance. Down's Syndrome usually occurs because of a spontaneous genetic mutation in utero and is rarely inherited. A small amount of autism sufferers may have a genetic predisposition.
You could spend your whole pregnancy worrying about it and your baby may be born completely healthy - there is some amazing technology out there these days and babies' hearts can be seen with ultrasound. If you are really worried, your Obstretrician may be able to answer your questions more fully or refer you to a Clinical Geneticist.
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