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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 11:31 AM   11
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Hi trace,

Just want to send you some and tell you my own experience and a couple of other ladies that I know that went thru this scare.

I am 38 years old expecting my first baby. I did the blood test with 16 weeks and came back 1:94 chances of ds baby. I cried too. Went back and forth with doing the amnio or not and after a lot stress decided to do it. The amnio was not bad at all. It took about 1 to 2 min and they had the amniotic fluid out. Baby was very good and stayed very still. Had the worst 2 weeks wait for the results!!!! But finally got the good news that everything was fine with our baby boy.

I know another lady that when she was 28 years old she did the blood test and came back normal. So she did not do the amnio. When she delivered the baby they found out the had a ds baby. She got pregnant 3 other times and she skipped the blood test and went right to the amnio. She had 3 healthy girls including one at age 40.

Another lady that I know she was 41 when she got pregnant with her first and did the blood test and came back 1: 3 chances of having ds baby. She went for the amnio and everything came back normal. She has a healthy little boy.

I worked with down kids before and they were a joy to work with. But as mothers we always want our babies to be healthy and have a "normal" life. This blood test should be banned from screening for abnormalities test. They should just give you the option to cvs or amnio. How can we rely in a test that has more false positives than anything!!! I told myself if I decide to have another baby I will not do the blood test, I will go right to the amnio. I worried for 1 month, cried and had awful thoughts for nothing! I don't think is fair to do this with us pregnant women.

I have a feeling you will be one of the false positive tests. Everything will be okay. Remember is just a numbers. It is not the actual result. Do the amnio and you will feel a lot better after you do it. And you will get to see baby on the tv again and probably find out the sex of the baby if you didn't yet.

My heart goes to you and your baby will be healthy. God bless you too. Keep us posted.



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 11:44 AM   12
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Theres somebody on here who just had their amnio with risk of 1:5 (i think it was).. hopefully she should reply (sorry for my ignorance.. mind blank of their screen name lol!!)

xxxx hang on in there babe, think positive indeed!!
That was me My NT measurement came back at 3.5 which is just above the cutoff of 3.4 here in my area. They advised not to do the bloods because they'd likely just come back abnormal but now I kind of wish I'd insisted on them. We had a CVS done two days later, waited through the worst weekend of my entire life and thankfully got preliminary results first thing the following Monday morning that our daughter is chromosomally normal. Full results came back about 5 days later confirming that. We're still at a bit of an increased risk for a defect, either structural or cardiac, but I'm choosing to ignore it until/if we get to that point at the 20 week scan on December 6th.

If I had to go back and do it all over again, I wouldn't do the testing. It can be a valuable tool but there is a high rate of false positives. Hang in there, hun. I know how hard this is and I'll be thinking of you. (((((HUGS)))))



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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 11:54 AM   13
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Okay... take a few deep breaths right now!! Chances are your baby is just fine.

First of all: were you able to see a nose bone? If you saw a nose bone, chances are slim the baby would have DS.

Which blood result is the one that skewed your DS odds? (hCG, PAPP-A, etc.?) If it was a low level of PAPP-A, I just went through the same scare and have found that most of the time, it's a chromosomally normal baby, but with a small chance that the placenta isn't functioning as well as it could. But, there are things you can do to improve the placenta health.

Please try not to worry about this. (I know, it's so much easier said than done!) Truly, the chances are that your baby is perfectly fine and one of the blood levels was just skewed for completely different reasons. As my doctor told me, the NT thickness is the most accurate predictor for DS, BY FAR, no matter what the bloodwork says... and 1.1mm is pretty much as great as it gets!! If you saw a nasal bone, so much the better!!



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 11:57 AM   14
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I'm positive everything will be just fine! xx sending hugsssss!!!!



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 12:07 PM   15
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Arghhh girls you're all wonderful, I actually have a tear in my eye reading your replies!!

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First of all: were you able to see a nose bone? If you saw a nose bone, chances are slim the baby would have DS.
Unfortunately my sonographer at the 12 weeks scan was a bit of a cow... she was not helpful at all, never described anything on the screen, only printed only one shot of the baby (I couldn't choose which one to take) and I felt generally rushed!!!

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Which blood result is the one that skewed your DS odds? (hCG, PAPP-A, etc.?) If it was a low level of PAPP-A, I just went through the same scare and have found that most of the time, it's a chromosomally normal baby, but with a small chance that the placenta isn't functioning as well as it could. But, there are things you can do to improve the placenta health.
Hmmm, the midwife never gave me those type of details, just said it was due to my blood pattern, and she mentioned PAPP/HCG etc etc but never gave me figures as to which were out.

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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 12:11 PM   16
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Theres somebody on here who just had their amnio with risk of 1:5 (i think it was).. hopefully she should reply (sorry for my ignorance.. mind blank of their screen name lol!!)

xxxx hang on in there babe, think positive indeed!!
That's me! I got a 1:5 chance after the blood test even though the measurement was A-OK. I had amnio yesterday with a dancing baby inside me so they had to puncture me twice (ouchie wawa!) but they managed to turn the results around really quickly (1 day) and earlier this afternoon the rapid results were all clear.

We have literally JUST gone through what you are going through and it's so nerve-wracking and it sucks and it's all you will be able to think about from now until it's over with. We tried all kinds of 'put it out of our minds' tactics like going to the cinema and keeping ourselves busy with other things but of course you are going to worry about it.

The statistics are SO far on your side, I promise. It is extremely likely everything is totally fine!



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 12:12 PM   17
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Arghhh girls you're all wonderful, I actually have a tear in my eye reading your replies!!

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First of all: were you able to see a nose bone? If you saw a nose bone, chances are slim the baby would have DS.
Unfortunately my sonographer at the 12 weeks scan was a bit of a cow... she was not helpful at all, never described anything on the screen, only printed only one shot of the baby (I couldn't choose which one to take) and I felt generally rushed!!!

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Which blood result is the one that skewed your DS odds? (hCG, PAPP-A, etc.?) If it was a low level of PAPP-A, I just went through the same scare and have found that most of the time, it's a chromosomally normal baby, but with a small chance that the placenta isn't functioning as well as it could. But, there are things you can do to improve the placenta health.
Hmmm, the midwife never gave me those type of details, just said it was due to my blood pattern, and she mentioned PAPP/HCG etc etc but never gave me figures as to which were out.

xxxxxx
That's what mine did too (although the tech and doctor were at least nice about it)... I had to phone the office afterward to get the specifics.

What I would do if I were you is phone them right now and ask for a copy of your ultrasound report AND your bloodwork report. See if they can email it to you. (Mine could only fax my report, so I set up a free online fax account and they were able to fax it there... I was looking at my complete report within minutes!) If you had to, I would even go there in person and ask for copies, if they won't do it via email. That will give you all the info you need to know.

Once you have your reports, post again with the exact results and we will set your mind at ease further!!



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 12:39 PM   18
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Hi hun, try not to fret, it's much more often than not that the tests come out normal. I was at a very high risk (due to thickened NT scan) at 60% chance of a chromosomal abnormalities. The doctor was so convinced the baby wasn't right, even though my blood was already drawn, he didn't have it sent in because "there was no point".

Well my little boy showed that jackass wrong! Full results were totally fine.



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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 15:06 PM   19
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 15:10 PM   20
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Oooo Sweetheart

I had mine Last Monday, not sure how long its going to be until they call or not!?

I had spoken to my Midwife about the percentages etc..
Last year she had a lady who came back 1 in 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She didnt have the heart to take further tests, and went ahead with her pregnancy not knowing..
Turns out she had a completely healthy baby boy, with no DS what so ever.

Even at that high risk, she still had a a ok baba!

try not to worrie sweet.. Easier said than done i know..
Keep us updated x x x x x



 
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