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Have to do an amnio and really scared

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Hi all,

I am 27, expecting baby #1 after long term TTC and we coulcnt be more excited. I am now week 14.5!

However, yesterday, we got test results back that there is a high chance my baby will have down syndrome and the dr thinks we should do the amnio teat.I literally spent the day crying. I am sooo nervous for so many reasons- what if the test goes wrong and we lose the baby? what if results come back positive and we have to face the decision of what to do? i cant iagine aborting after all this time and am so scared it will take anoither 2 torterous to get pregs!

Has anyone ever done this test? if so, please share your experiences. I dont know anyone who's done it...


by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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MariaGentle
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 6:38 PM
My husband and I talked about the genetics testing in general. We decided no matter what, we are going to keep and love this baby. So I opted out of the testing all together.
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kelly617
by Silver Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

If you're talking about the blood test...those are NOTORIOUS for having false positives. That is why I chose not to have the test done

You do NOT have to do the amnio...you can wait until the anatomy scan. They measure the neck and the baby's nose and if those come back "wonky" then think about the amnio.
Just my opinion but that is how I would go....I wouldn't do the amnio unless I had something more than just the crappy blood test. My doctor even suggested against the blood test...he said that the anantomy scan (gender U/S) at 18-20 weeks gives a MUCH better indication if there is downs than the blood test

Cafe Amanda
by Head Admin on Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:46 PM

These early tests are screenings - they don't give a true positive or negative result, just "screen" positive or negative. If your odds come back showing a very increased risk, they will offer the diagnostic tests (CVS or amnio).

Quoting kelly617:

If you're talking about the blood test...those are NOTORIOUS for having false positives. That is why I chose not to have the test done

You do NOT have to do the amnio...you can wait until the anatomy scan. They measure the neck and the baby's nose and if those come back "wonky" then think about the amnio.
Just my opinion but that is how I would go....I wouldn't do the amnio unless I had something more than just the crappy blood test. My doctor even suggested against the blood test...he said that the anantomy scan (gender U/S) at 18-20 weeks gives a MUCH better indication if there is downs than the blood test


MissTacoBell
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:04 AM
I refused all testing because it doesn't matter to me. I would personally never abort because of DS. Ds has autism and while it's tough sometimes, he's still my little prince, even if sometimes I'm tempted to get the rope. No I'm not comparing the two, just the challenge of having a special needs child.

My sister had the same rigermorale as you. Docs saw "something wrong" on an early US and dropped the words down syndrome and she got the amino in fear. Positive for DS. Preparations were made for my nieces arrival with the assumption of DS. Came out completely NT. she's almost 9 and still not an issue---not even add.

Point is, it's a huge false positive. Compared to your experience, a person with DS lives a limited life with huge obstacles. But ask an adult with ds and they would be offended. They'd likely say their life is just fine.
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Cafe Amanda
by Head Admin on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Her amnio came back showing a trisomy, but the baby did not actually have a genetic issue??

Quoting MissTacoBell:

I refused all testing because it doesn't matter to me. I would personally never abort because of DS. Ds has autism and while it's tough sometimes, he's still my little prince, even if sometimes I'm tempted to get the rope. No I'm not comparing the two, just the challenge of having a special needs child.

My sister had the same rigermorale as you. Docs saw "something wrong" on an early US and dropped the words down syndrome and she got the amino in fear. Positive for DS. Preparations were made for my nieces arrival with the assumption of DS. Came out completely NT. she's almost 9 and still not an issue---not even add.

Point is, it's a huge false positive. Compared to your experience, a person with DS lives a limited life with huge obstacles. But ask an adult with ds and they would be offended. They'd likely say their life is just fine.


MissTacoBell
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Yep. She had amino at the request of the adoption agency she was using to place ds1 and it was negative, but after the fiasco with dd she refused it (ds2, ds3).


Quoting Cafe Amanda:

Her amnio came back showing a trisomy, but the baby did not actually have a genetic issue??

Quoting MissTacoBell:

I refused all testing because it doesn't matter to me. I would personally never abort because of DS. Ds has autism and while it's tough sometimes, he's still my little prince, even if sometimes I'm tempted to get the rope. No I'm not comparing the two, just the challenge of having a special needs child.



My sister had the same rigermorale as you. Docs saw "something wrong" on an early US and dropped the words down syndrome and she got the amino in fear. Positive for DS. Preparations were made for my nieces arrival with the assumption of DS. Came out completely NT. she's almost 9 and still not an issue---not even add.



Point is, it's a huge false positive. Compared to your experience, a person with DS lives a limited life with huge obstacles. But ask an adult with ds and they would be offended. They'd likely say their life is just fine.



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Beyilly87
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:05 AM

If you don't think you will abort, then don't take the test! 

That way you won't have to worry about the chances of a miscarriage happening. 

Also, always picture your baby coming out healthy!

nirvana78028
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:58 AM
I had this issue with my first. By the time the specialist got me in I was 26 weeks. They did a in depth u/s first and went from there. From the looks of my sons bones he didn't have ds. I skipped the amino. The m/c rate was way too high. Well here we are 7 yrs later and he's a crazy hyper NON ds having boy. Make sure you know your facts about the test. As ppl have stated there is a super high false positive rate for that test.
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amc103
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 3:07 AM

I agree with this. Was it the early screen blood test? If so, I would wait it out to see if there are any physical markers. With DS1, at my 20 week scan, they found CP cysts on his brain and sent me to a high risk dr and genetic counselor. They offered me the amnio and it was too much of a risk IMO. Had the u/s done and there wer no other markers. DS1 is now almost 4 and is smart as a whip and perfectly fine. Also remember that doctors have to tell you the worst possible scenario to cover their butts. Hang in there. Know that you're not alone. 

Quoting Pandapanda:

I would refuse the amnio. At your 20 week anatomy scan, they will be able to see if there are any markers for Down Syndrome and it's much safer than the amnio. 

Also keep in mind that there is a very high false positive rate for the Quad Screen tests that actually test your chance for DS. 


kayla19216
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:17 AM
To be honest i declined the quad test and id decline the amnio test. Its ultimately up to you and your dh. If you dont plan on terminating then id say dont go through with the test. Alsou at 20 weeks you will have an anatomy scan that can determine any markers of DS. Id wait til that its safer!! Good luck with your decision!!
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