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1:5 ratio given for Downs Syndrome Lock Rss

I wasn't sure where to post this but I wanted to post on the Huggies site because its the only Nz page I've come across while researching.
I'm only 22 years old and was told by my midwife I am at high risk of having a downs syndrome baby. I've been told normal odds for someone my age is 1:70000. I'm waiting to hear back on when my appointment with the specialist will be next week and have been made aware an amnio is needed if I want definitive results. I am hoping there are other young women out there who have had similar odds. I hope someone reads this. I'm so stuck
Hmmm, what was her basis why she told you that?

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Hello there,
having seen your post brought back the wave of terrible uncertainty and fear that a test result like that can bring. I was pregnant with my first little girl when I was 26 and was also given a 1:5 chance that she would be downs syndrome. She is a perfectly happy healthy normal 2 year old.
we were told at the 18week scan that she had "echogenic bowel" which is nothing abnormal but just means that the bowel is brighter than usual in the scan. Apparently this is common in downs babies. They requested another scan be done at a bigger hospital and here we found that she also had 2 small holes in the heart, thus making them all the more sure that she would be downs.
we were offered an amnio which I refused - the odds of miscarriage or harming the baby just didn't add up to me. So what if she was downs? I would still love and adore her and give her all my love.
What I came to through it all, and many many sleepless nights and days of tears is that every baby either is or isn't downs, there is no real statistic! And if she is, I thought, this is Gods way!! God has formed a little body inside me, especially for me!
Anyway, now she is a little ratbag 2yr old!!!
Hope this helps, sorry to rave on so long!!
Babyzofhie wrote:
Hmmm, what was her basis why she told you that?


I've only had my nt scan, which I've done twice. Both had a measurement of 4.5mm, along with high hcg levels in my bloods
I have been given a 1:20 ratio so Yep rather stressed at the moment so can understand your feelings. I have elected to have to amnio so just waiting on an appointment. I am 14 weeks on Wednesday so think I have to wait another week yet.
All i am trying to do is look at it in a positive way...I have a 95% chance (out of my odds) of it being ok.
I was in the same situation, it is a really stressful time and the waiting is the hardest. We had a 1:13 ratio and for us that was just based on the NT results as at the time I had been pregnant with twins but had lost one at 10 weeks so bloods cant be used for multiples, so our odds would probably have been lower if we had bloods? The waiting is so hard, I tried to be positive about it and think we had a 93% chance of everything being ok, but it wasnt to be for us. Good luck with it.
With scores of 1:5 you could look into CVS and amino. cVS is done sooner but has slightly higher risk on miscarriage.

The tests will give you certainty and allow you to make choices if that's what you want.

I believe for either test you should also be offered genetic counselling.

Speak to your GP or OB if you have one.

I think speak to them sooner rather than later so you have more time to digest all the info and longer to make decisions

Good luck!!!
I never had bloods done so wasn't given a ratio but I had several scans all showing the NT measurement as way over. I was offered the amnio but declined. Baby came out perfectly healthy smile I was 26 at the time.
I've had the CVS done.The risk for the CVS didn't cross my mind, I was at a higher risk of having a baby with multiple and life threatening disabilities than actually losing the baby. I have recently found out I am having a Downs Syndrome baby girl and I'm fine with it. I'm now more worried about the health implications that can come from being a downs baby. I'm nearly 15 weeks now. I have to wait until I have a 24 week scan to see if her heart is developing okay. She is my baby and I love her regardless
Hope your little girl's heart is well. All the best in the waiting weeks to come! I know quite a few people with Down's and they are the loveliest people ever!! xx
Boltdanielle wrote:
I've had the CVS done.The risk for the CVS didn't cross my mind, I was at a higher risk of having a baby with multiple and life threatening disabilities than actually losing the baby. I have recently found out I am having a Downs Syndrome baby girl and I'm fine with it. I'm now more worried about the health implications that can come from being a downs baby. I'm nearly 15 weeks now. I have to wait until I have a 24 week scan to see if her heart is developing okay. She is my baby and I love her regardless


Bless you and your little girl. I hope that all is ok with her heart and it is not a too stressful pregnancy for you.
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