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They are testing my thyroid because its swollen.
They are doing a test for downs syndrome - that from my understanding is risky and is only offered if completely necessary - which i have been lead to believe im not in any particular risk.
Is my concern justified as i understand they stick a needle into the placenta through my stomache or the other way .. some advice please
How far along are you?
There's a scan at 12 weeks that tests for downs syndrome (I think that's what it does, tests for the chances of you having a child with ds).
No one can jab you with a bloody great needle if you don't want them to! I doubt they'd be doing that to you as a first option.

They are testing my thyroid because its swollen.
They are doing a test for downs syndrome - that from my understanding is risky and is only offered if completely necessary - which i have been lead to believe im not in any particular risk.
Is my concern justified as i understand they stick a needle into the placenta through my stomache or the other way .. some advice please


There are risks involved and its upto you if you want to have it! If the end result means less to you then the risk of losing your baby then why bother, if it means alot to you go for it. I'm geussing this came about after your 12 weeks scan because this is the scan when they usually assess the risk of genetic defects, if so you can ask what the odds are rated as and that will give you an idea of if its worth it. It could be 1 in 140 (considered high risk)and they usually would do one but you have to remember with a rating like that these a 1 in 140 chance of having a baby with down syndrome but theres also 139 in 140 chance of having a perfectly healthy baby, so finding out the results might be your first step in making this desision because there is a risk.

There are risks involved and its upto you if you want to have it! If the end result means less to you then the risk of losing your baby then why bother, if it means alot to you go for it. I'm geussing this came about after your 12 weeks scan because this is the scan when they usually assess the risk of genetic defects, if so you can ask what the odds are rated as and that will give you an idea of if its worth it. It could be 1 in 140 (considered high risk)and they usually would do one but you have to remember with a rating like that these a 1 in 140 chance of having a baby with down syndrome but theres also 139 in 140 chance of having a perfectly healthy baby, so finding out the results might be your first step in making this desision because there is a risk.

funily enough no the was done AFTER he wrote up the form

funily enough no the was done AFTER he wrote up the form


Thats really bad! No blood test can tell them your risks! the 12 week scan measurements can give them an idea of the risk compared with your age and then the test you are talking about is 100% acurate but comes with risks like I said (after all it does put a hole in there to take the sample). This test should only be done if your scan shows a high risk and your willing to do it, is this docter you saw quite old? I do beleive once upon a time when they first start regularly doing them it was done on most women over a certain age (have heard about all the avoidable problems this caused and the person who was behind it didn't have enough evidence to back them and ended up in alot of trouble). Have you had the scan now? if so what where the results (im not sure what its like where you are but I actually got a piece of paper that told me the risks for my pregnancy compared to whats normal for my age for all the things they were checking for), I would highely recommend not signing up for anything before you know those results.
Hi Girls

In Australia we can get a blood test done at ten weeks that works with the 12 week scan and gives you a rating. If your obi or midwife feels that there is a risk they will discuss the option of further testing and then you should be doing some research of your own before agreeing to the test.

Good luck.

Clare

PS I had my thyrod tested at 12 weeks as well but my obi is obsessed with blood tests! (lucky me)


Thats really bad! No blood test can tell them your risks! the 12 week scan measurements can give them an idea of the risk compared with your age and then the test you are talking about is 100% acurate but comes with risks like I said (after all it does put a hole in there to take the sample). This test should only be done if your scan shows a high risk and your willing to do it, is this docter you saw quite old? I do beleive once upon a time when they first start regularly doing them it was done on most women over a certain age (have heard about all the avoidable problems this caused and the person who was behind it didn't have enough evidence to back them and ended up in alot of trouble). Have you had the scan now? if so what where the results (im not sure what its like where you are but I actually got a piece of paper that told me the risks for my pregnancy compared to whats normal for my age for all the things they were checking for), I would highely recommend not signing up for anything before you know those results.
Hi,

I had the down syndrome scan and blood test with both DS's. I was 22 at the time that I was pregnant with DS1 and DH was 25. With DS1 we had a 1 in 400 chance and with DS2 it was a 1 in 17 chance. I was 24 at the time and DH 27. I went and seen a specialist who sent me off for an ultrasound at 17.5 weeks to check DS2's profile. but before the ultrasound we spoke about the needle and I said that I didn't want it and that if DS2 was born with any disability that we would deal with it. Both boys were born healthy with no problems. I was really scared at the time. I didn't know what to do but I knew I didn't want to have the needle at the chance that I could loss DS2. We are TTC bub #3 and I am a little scared that we will have a lower number again but I know that we can have the scans again and that it is only a chance not a different that they do have.

Good Luck grin








They are testing my thyroid because its swollen.
They are doing a test for downs syndrome - that from my understanding is risky and is only offered if completely necessary - which i have been lead to believe im not in any particular risk.
Is my concern justified as i understand they stick a needle into the placenta through my stomache or the other way .. some advice please

Hi, we had this done at 14weeks, the doctor I had do this has been doing this for years over 20. He made you feel very relaxed. Yes it goes through your belly then into placenta, they then take out a small percentage of the fluid which they send away to get tested. You are given a local so you don't feel a thing. it is all up on the ultra screen so you can see it all happening they constantly watch where the baby is. It is for down sydrome but they also know the sex of your baby 100% as they also test the chromosomes. It is a test that goes over 10day, the first 4 days they look at the sex, syndrome and chromosme, the next 6 day they are checking for a whole alot of other dieases. There is a high risk of miscarriage but it is not common. Alot of people get it done for the syndrome & to know what they are having. I can tell you we didn't want to know the sex just that the syndrome was all good as we had done IVF. They do a heap of scans of bub before they do the needle to see how & where it is. If we have another bub I will be doing it again. I was made to feel totally at ease through the whole procedure. I had alot of people tell me I was crazy for doing it, but I believe we were given all the correct info to read before we did the process. You will know in your heart if it is what you should do.

They are testing my thyroid because its swollen.
They are doing a test for downs syndrome - that from my understanding is risky and is only offered if completely necessary - which i have been lead to believe im not in any particular risk.
Is my concern justified as i understand they stick a needle into the placenta through my stomache or the other way .. some advice please

I'm a bit confused. Have you had the scan and the blood test for d/s, and been given a result, such as 1/40, 1/100? This would be the reason for the amnio. It's up to you if you want this further testing, but I would imagine your doc would have gone into detail about your results and the amnio procedure, and the choices you have, as it can be a risky procedure. Why do you believe you are not a risk??? Because you are young? The blood results, scan and your age actually all work together to give you a risk result as a ratio.

Thyroid problems are quite common in pregnancy. Seems a decent doc to have picked up the swollen thyroid so early in your pregnancy, and to follow it up with testing.

Eve75


Hi, we had this done at 14weeks, the doctor I had do this has been doing this for years over 20. He made you feel very relaxed. Yes it goes through your belly then into placenta, they then take out a small percentage of the fluid which they send away to get tested. You are given a local so you don't feel a thing. it is all up on the ultra screen so you can see it all happening they constantly watch where the baby is. It is for down sydrome but they also know the sex of your baby 100% as they also test the chromosomes. It is a test that goes over 10day, the first 4 days they look at the sex, syndrome and chromosme, the next 6 day they are checking for a whole alot of other dieases. There is a high risk of miscarriage but it is not common. Alot of people get it done for the syndrome & to know what they are having. I can tell you we didn't want to know the sex just that the syndrome was all good as we had done IVF. They do a heap of scans of bub before they do the needle to see how & where it is. If we have another bub I will be doing it again. I was made to feel totally at ease through the whole procedure. I had alot of people tell me I was crazy for doing it, but I believe we were given all the correct info to read before we did the process. You will know in your heart if it is what you should do.


Its not fluid they take from the placenta its blood thats why they do it its because the blood in the placenta contains our babies DNA so they can look at the chormosomes.
I had a CVS test done. I'm inclined to do it with any future pregnancies also.

What have you decided to do?
During amniocentesis they pass a needle through the mother's skin and through the wall of the uterus. They take a small sample of the amniotic fluid which surrounds the baby. They do not touch the placenta or the baby (hopefully). The cells contained in the amniotic fluid are used to examine the baby's chromosomes.

If you are concerned, or need more information talk to your doctor and get him/her to explain all the risks involved and why the test may be needed. No one can make you have a test if you don't want it. I remember one of your previous posts where you said you didn't want a midwife. Midwives are really good at explaining tests and helping you with additional information. They are also good at providing emotional support and getting you in touch with different services. smile Pregnancy is a stressful time - it's good to have someone who can guide you through it. smile
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