I am 35 and would like to have another child within the next two years. During this past pregnancy, I broke my ankle. I had multiple X-rays, and due to other complications, a CT scan and a VQ scan (another radioactive test). I know that the chance for Downs increases after age 35, mainly because of all the radiation we as humans are exposed to over time, but do you think my chances are higher than most because of all of this radiation I endured during my first pregnancy? I guess if the X-rays and scans raised my chances significantly higher, then I don't think I would try for another child, because I don't think I have it in me to have an abortion. I don't want my son to be an only child (nothing against only children - I am one myself) but I don't know if I could handle getting the news of Downs Syndrome or raising a child with special needs. It would rip my heart out and my nerves would fry me.
FYI - I do plan to run this by my OB/GYN next time I see her, but it isn't for a while. Just wondering if anyone knows about or has any thoughts on this.
Asked by Anonymous at 8:52 PM on Dec. 12, 2010 in General Parenting
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