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Down syndrome? Brody&DeegansMAMA 18 kids; Sun City, California 5554 posts
3rd May '11

So today i went to my check up (19wks) and they got my blood work back, and they said the blood work came back with possible down syndrome. So now i have to go in for a ultrasound and a amniocynteseis (sp) tomorrow morning...



im seriously at a loss i dont know what to think?



MY question is if u had to get an amnio for down syn, did ur amnio come back with the same result as the blood work?
cause my blood work says positive so im hoping my amnio shows neg for down.



any words of advice before my apt?

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29663 posts
3rd May '11

There's a VERY high rate of false positives, so I hope that eases your concern a little.

Squeaky McGee [13 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65510 posts
status 3rd May '11
Quoting Olivia Benson:" There's a VERY high rate of false positives, so I hope that eases your concern a little. "


:!::!::!:



The amnio has a lot of potential side effects, one of those being miscarriage. Personally, I wouldn't risk it.

Malia Joy {Bugaloo} TTC since Sep 2009; California 6270 posts
3rd May '11

No matter what anyone's test result showed, every case is different. Those quad screens can be way off. If you need peace of mind, have the amnio. DS isn't the worst thing in the world to happen, because the kids are usually really happy, but it's probably a good idea to prepare yourself ahead of time :)

Hot Mamma In Training 2 kids; Colorado 5078 posts
3rd May '11

The blood tests have such a wide range for "possible" markers for DS. Personally I wouldnt put much stock into it and I wouldnt do the amnio either, Im borderline high risk due to my age and I denied all that testing sequential screen and amnios with both and I have a perfectly healthy daughter and son now. Good luck mamma and try not to worry or stress out

♥Mama to 2 2 kids; Georgia 10420 posts
3rd May '11

My blood work came back with a RISK for my baby having downs, a 3% chance.

The blood work cannot tell you that the baby HAS it, but only that there is a risk for the baby having it.

Secondly, the ultrasound is called a Level 2, and they should be able to see if there is anything that would indicate downs or any other birth defect. In my case, there were no markers on the ultrasound to show that she has down syndrome.
So, in your case, they'll look for something that would stand out and make them think that further testing is needed - such as an amnio.
The amnio should be your choice, not their's.

Wildflower 🌈 1 child; Oregon 7067 posts
3rd May '11

i wouldnt get the amnio.
if your baby does have downs, there is nothing they can do to change that. and getting an amnio can cause a miscarriage. you will know when the baby is born.

Hasa Diga Eebowai 2 kids; Massachusetts 2427 posts
3rd May '11

Did they give you a ratio? Like, usually they will tell you the chances are 1 in x.



I am sorry that you are going through this, Mama.

Stacy aka mama 4 kids; Ohio 4880 posts
3rd May '11
Quoting Stef [Lola's mama]:" :!::!::!: The amnio has a lot of potential side effects, one of those being miscarriage. Personally, I wouldn't risk it."


this!!!!!!!!!!!

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29663 posts
3rd May '11

I want to add, my parents were 36-37 when my youngest sister was born. They opted to have the amnio, after the quad screen came back positive. There wasn't much they'd be able to do, but they wanted to be able to try to prepare themselves. They had no problems with the amnio, and my sister does not have DS. She's 10 now. I believe the risk of a miscarriage with amnio is now like 1 in 200.

Stacy aka mama 4 kids; Ohio 4880 posts
3rd May '11
Quoting Hot Mamma In Training:" The blood tests have such a wide range for "possible" markers for DS. Personally I wouldnt put much stock ... [snip!] ... and amnios with both and I have a perfectly healthy daughter and son now. Good luck mamma and try not to worry or stress out"

I did as well and have 3 healthy happy kids!!!my dr says if your going to keep the baby either way whats the point of doing the tests

Hasa Diga Eebowai 2 kids; Massachusetts 2427 posts
3rd May '11
Quoting Silly Mily's Momma ♡:" i wouldnt get the amnio. if your baby does have downs, there is nothing they can do to change that. and getting an amnio can cause a miscarriage. you will know when the baby is born."


I would get the amnio. I would want to know, and want to be prepared. Also, they can check for other things in the amnio (like heart defects, which are common in DS babies). I would want the doctors and the team at the delivery to be prepared as well.



BUT, I am pretty sure the OP did not ask if we would get the amnio. It is her choice, and I am sure her doctor told her about the risks. :?

♥Mama to 2 2 kids; Georgia 10420 posts
3rd May '11

I wouldn't get an amnio either. If the baby has down syndrome, there's nothing you can do to change it. The perinatologist that I saw for my level 2 ultrasound, told me everything looked fine and they didn't see anything that would make them believe that there was any signs of down syndrome, but NO ONE can be 100% until their baby is born, unless they have an amio. So, he offered the amnio to me, he offered redoing an ultrasound later in my pregnancy (I was 20 weeks when he did it), or he offered doing nothing more.

So, I chose no more testing.

I trust the ultrasound, I trust that there was nothing that showed anything wrong, because when I was pregnant with my daughter, the SAME thing happened. I was 19 and I had a 1 in 270% chance of her having down syndrome, and had to go to the SAME perinatologist and have an ultrasound done and he told me everything was fine and everything is fine. She doesn't have Downs.

Adriana's Mami♥ +1 Due December 14 (boy); 33 kids; Ontario 3858 posts
3rd May '11

My bloodwork came back negative but I had a diagnostic ultrasound yesterday that showed 2 markers for possible downs syndrome so I have my amniocentisis next week....a lot of people seem to be against amniocentisis but I know many women that have had it done and swear their pregnancy experience would've been ruined with stress and worry had they not done the test, the risk of miscarriage is 1 in 600..not even 1%....good luck to both of us mama!

♥Mama to 2 2 kids; Georgia 10420 posts
3rd May '11
Quoting Stacy aka mama:" I did as well and have 3 healthy happy kids!!!my dr says if your going to keep the baby either way whats the point of doing the tests"


Did they tell you each 3 times that you had a risk for your children having down sydrome?