H.R. asks from Oakland, CA on November 12, 2007
To Amnio or Not to Amnio
I am looking for feedback on amniocentesis! I am pregnant and about to turn 35 and suddenly I am catapulted into a "higher risk" category. I am not particularly worried about this pregnancy, but wonder how other moms have handled the decision on amniocentesis/risk of down's syndrome, etc.
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So What Happened?™
Well, thanks everyone for your feedback! I went ahead and did the amnio, as my first trimester screen came back high risk with a score I wasn't very comfortable with. The doctor was amazing, even led me thru a meditation during the procedure (the longest 20 seconds of my life). We will have the results in a couple weeks! Who knows what the outcome, and ultimately what if any decision we will have to make on the matter. I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Again, thanks mamas for your words.
W.H. answers from Stockton on November 18, 2007
I had my son at 38 and my daughter at 39. The doctor I had with my son did not suggest an amnio because was FIP test was negative. However, the doctor I had with my daughter suggested an amnio due to my age (which I think is a crock) but my husband and I opted to have the amnio. I felt it to be quite safe and had no complications from it.
Both of my children are perfectly healthy with no problems whatsover.
Make the decision that you feel is best for you! Good luck!!
C.F. answers from Sacramento on November 18, 2007
The main thing that you should use to decide is to think is you find out there is a defect will you terminate the pregnancy. If the answer is no, then you have no real reason to do amnio.
N.N. answers from San Francisco on November 17, 2007
I'm 34 but I did amnio for my two pregnancis. I did it at Lucile Packard Hospitals both times and had no prblem at all.
N.M. answers from Chico on November 16, 2007
I had my first baby at 38, second at 39, and will try to squeeze out a third and final (no pun intended)at 40, so I've been there.
I have not had an amnio. My thinking was the following. First, there is a small risk to the baby when you have the amnio (you can look up the details on that, but I think it's like 1 in 350).
Second, I would not terminate my pregnancy based on the results.
Third, I'm the kind of person that if I received a result indicating Downs (or some other possibility of birth defect), I would be so worried during my pregnancy -- it would affect my health, which certainly wouldn't help. I'd rather just cross the bridge when I get to it.
However, I know some people who would be worried sick without an amnio -- and for those, I could see choosing to do one to put your mind at ease. Some people would prefer to know the news of a probable birth defect ahead of time to be able to research and address the issue -- I appplaud those people, but I am not one of them.
Very personal decision. Statistics say things will be fine for you and your baby either way!
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L.B. answers from San Francisco on November 13, 2007
I turned 35 while I was pregnant with twins, and I got amnio. My husband and I looked at all the statistics about amnio and miscarriage, and we decided it was worth it to get the amnio. You see, there are two things that artificially inflate the appearance of risk. One is that the statistics have no way of knowing if amnio caused miscarriage, only if a woman had amnio and a miscarriage. This means that if a woman has amnio, then miscarries three months later, it goes into the statistics, even though it's extremely unlikely that the two are related. The other thing is that amnio has usually been performed only for high-risk pregnancies anyway, so of course the rate is a bit higher. So amnio's not really all that scary.
I wasn't concerned about Downs too much either, but there are a lot of things they can check for with amnio. I wanted to be prepared.
If you decide to get amnio, you want to go to a very experienced practitioner who does a lot of them. I went to the perinatologist my OB recommended. I watched some of it on the monitor. The kids could tell when the needle entered the sac--they swam away from it!
I rested for the remainder of the day and took it easy for the next few days, per the doc's instructions. Amnio is a very weird feeling, but I was fine. And it felt really good when the genetic counselor called to tell me how low the kids' risks of various diseases were. The kids are doing great now. Hope yours does, too!
J.W. answers from Los Angeles on November 16, 2007
I actually turned 35 while pregnant as well. They make such a huge deal out of the age and I am not to sure why. The risk of Down syndrome is not that much higher than in a 34 year old. We chose not to do it. I did all the prescreen tests and they came back normal. Obviously it is a personal decision, but I thought the risk of miscarriage was way to high, like one in 200 or something like that. The risk of a baby with Down was far less. Unless you have other factors or the prescreens come back abnormal, I don't think it is worth the risk. My best friends co worker did amnio. She got a call a couple of weeks later and they said, you have a healthy baby boy! Well two days later she went in for an appointment and there was no heartbeat, she was 18 weeks. Not sure if it would have happened anyway, but I choose to believe it was the amnio. We left it in God's hands, he put her there he will see it through. I am due in 3 weeks. : )
D.C. answers from San Francisco on November 18, 2007
I was 38 when I was pregnant. I did the integrative studies with blood work and ultrasound to measure the fluid in back of baby's neck. I was considered "high risk" because of my age but when I did genetic testing they said I was like a "32 yr. old." My daughter is now 15 months with normal development. This integrative testing is about 99% accurate for detecting a baby with down's syndrome. Amiocentesis has it's risk ie. loss of amio. fluid. It also depends on how experienced the doctor is.
A.P. answers from Los Angeles on November 16, 2007
I turned 35 just a few months before I got pregnant. I've always been healthy and wasn't worried about the pregnancy. My decision came down to this: If my child was born with something wrong that COULD have been fixed or treated in utero, I would not have been able to live with myself. For that reason (and knowing that we would not terminate the pregnancy if Down's was present) we decided to have the amnio. Our son was fine, and it gave me peace of mind. Good luck with your pregnancy and decision making process!
T.L. answers from San Francisco on November 16, 2007
I think you should follow your heart- and stick with that. I was 38 when I was pregnant and saw no reason for this type of invasion to the baby. I have a beautiful baby boy now. But if you have valid reason for being concerned, then it is important. If you live a healthy life style, then you should be good. How was your mother doing in her pregnancy? Do you trust your body's strength? How would it benefit you to know? Would you have it aborted if there are signs of DS? I wish you clarity in your decision whatever that is.
G.D. answers from Modesto on November 16, 2007
Unless you are highrisk to genetic disorders or you are too concerned about it then do it!! I did it with both my boys!!! and they were negative for it all!!! But now they are both AUTISTIC!!! That was caused by vaccination and Flu Shot taken during pregnancy!!! If I had knoon then what I know now I would have skipped the Ammnio and woried more about TOXICITY!! AMALGAMS, SHOTS, Rx MEDICATIONS, PPESTICIDES IN FOOD (GO ORGANIC) MSG in SOY & in ASPARTAME and how it affects your brain and that of your child!!! All autoimmine illnesses have a conection with this: TOXICITY!!! I recomend a good book: Detoxify or Dye... and google: Exitotoxins & Dr. Russel Baylock, also MSG and SOY!!! Love, G.. :0)
P.S. Genetics load the gun & environment pulls the trigger...you can't change your gens but you can avoid building up toxicity, and causing an autoimmune disease!!!
N.L. answers from San Francisco on November 16, 2007
I think the question to ask yourself is whether or not you would handle the pregnancy any different. What I mean is, would you consider going through with the pregnancy if you found out your child had down syndrome or if you would terminate. I just turned 35 and decided to pass on amnio because I truly believe that God will not put us through anything we can't handle. I decided that I would not handle this pregnancy any different than if I found out that my child had down's syndrome. Hope this helps!!