Your risks have increased with your age....even being 36 as opposed to 35, there is increase risks of birth defects. I am 36 and pregnant and go monthly to both an ob/gyn and a perinatal center. The perinatal center counseled my husband and I about genetics and the increased risks. I also have been tested for down's syndrome and two other birth defects (I just can't remember the names). (The test was blood and measurements of the baby's neck) I opted out of having an amniocentesis. After the tests, they break down each result for each defect. For example, I have a 1 in a million chance of having a baby with down's. This result differs from national statistics because they are personal to my tests.
The risks are higher now for us. However, not as high as being 45 - where the chances increase tremendously for down's syndrome and other defects (1 in 19 pregnancies are DS @ this age). What I didn't know (cont.)
at 7:17 PM on Dec. 16, 2009