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amnio or no amnio??

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  • bonnie bonnie's Avatar 01-24-06 | 06:51 PM
  • I just got off the phone with the genetics counselor...I was convinced that I wouldn't do an amnio due to the mc risk. Now I'm wondering if I should. At 40 the risk of having a DS child is 1/106...seems pretty high. Has anyone ever heard of someone mcing due to an amnio?? I know the risk is 1% or less...If I knew I could at least prepare for life with a special needs kid...I looked into the nuchal fold test, but the results are not as accurate and my insurance doesn't cover the $300-$900 testing....The risk of a mc is just slightly less than the risk for having a DS child...maybe I should just skip it?
  • AmiKW AmiKW's Avatar 01-24-06 | 07:05 PM
  • Sorry, lurking....
    I didn't have an amnio. My age isn't a factor and it wasn't recommended, but I had thought about it before hand. I figured if there was something wrong with the baby I wasn't going to terminate, so I didn't see the need to put my body and the baby through that. I realize you said you want to prepare if that is the case, but, my opinion? I wouldn't do it. I've seen pictures of babies grabbing the needle and heard stories of babies being poked. But if you do decide to do it I don't know that I would worry about m/c, the risk is so low! Good luck with your decision!
  • bonnie bonnie's Avatar 01-24-06 | 08:55 PM
  • Thanks for your input...I'm leaning against it. I keep reading more and more and (correct me if I'm wrong) it seems like during the ultrasounds a problem would be detected. In fact, I know someone who just had trisomy 18 detected through I'm thinking why risk the pregnancy.
  • Valleygirl Valleygirl's Avatar 01-24-06 | 09:03 PM


    I was given the option of an amnio, because of age, and I opted not to. Two reasons #1 I had had 3 miscarriages and the thought of doing ANYTHING to compromise my pregnancy seemed wrong. #2 In the long run the results wouldn't change the outcome, meaning we wouldn't abort. The ultrasound can help with what you really need to know such as major physical problems.
    Congratulations on your pregnancy!
  • NicholeMatthew NicholeMatthew's Avatar 01-24-06 | 09:04 PM

    I'm not older, but I was wondering are you offered the tripple screen? There are a lot of false positives (I had one last baby) but then they do an u/s and if you are still at risk with those two tests then think about an amnio?

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