I just had the midwife on the phone - amnio is arranged for Thursday. DH is at work, DPs not around just now (dad not speaking to me since I told him about pg anyway) so just needed to bounce it off MN.
It's all happening so fast. I only had the pregnancy confirmed on Friday, and scan today shows I will be 16 weeks tomorrow. It was my decision to go ahead with the amnio, and I know about the risks so it will be awful if anything goes wrong because of my need to know.
DH will be with me and hopefully we sould get the results fairly quickly.
I'm just feeling so nervous and needed to share with someone.
Scotia, good luck on Thursday, there's a few of us going through this sort of thing at the moment if you look on some of the other pregnancy threads. I got "high risk" results and had CVS at 13+4 weeks on Thursday, fortunately my results were reassuring.
Are you having amnio because of your age, because of results from screening tests or because you need to know?
I agree with ledodgy. I ended up having to have my amnio on my own, and it was a bit rubbish - I felt as though I'd gone into shock afterward - I think because I found watching the needle go in on the ultrasound screen, with the baby there, so odd - I got a really protective "parental rush" (much more so in fact than I did when DS was actually born). I'd recommend taking boiled sweets or something along so that you can have something sugary afterward. I was really lucky that one of the nurses took pity on me being on my own and made me sit down in the waiting room for an hour or so afterward, and got me big, sugary cups of tea, and then came and sat with me when her shift ended.
Incidentally,the procedure itself is pretty straightforward - best of luck with it!
I imagine the timing of the test results depend on what you're testing for - IIRC the standard tests (downs etc) came back quickly, but in my case the amnio was for something different, so there was a time delay to cultivate cells / do the test etc.
I had an amnio a couple of months ago and was very very nervous. The procedure doesn't hurt but it is a little uncomfortable. Do make sure you have 3-4 days of resting afterwards. You'll probably get a bit of cramping so just try to relax.
Thanks everyone for replies, am feeling a bit tearful atm.
I should have explained, I have had an amnio when I had my DS, and it really wasn't too painful, so I'm not really worried about that side of things (although I am a bit of a coward about needles).
I'm having it done this time because of my age (42), and didn't have the blood tests because I will never forget the phone call from the midwife last time telling me about my 'increased risk' of Downs after blood test. My midwife (today) said I was doing the sensible thing - but am I really? I could be putting this baby at risk for purely selfish reasons.
I'm lucky DH is in a job where he can take time off to come with me, and my older (adult) DDs will look after DS for me, so I will have plenty opportunity to take things easy.
at legalalien walking home afterwards
We have also been invited to a family weddng (evening only) on Friday. Will I be ok to go or should I give it a miss? My cousin will understand if we can't make it, but I'm not sure if it's taking resting a bit far not to go along and show face. I won't be doing any dancing!
No I haven't had the blood tests this time - midwife said my risk would much more than likely be higher than the cut-off for 'normal' risk (sorry, not sure how else to put that) because of my age alone.
if the amnio is done by someone who knows what they are doing, the risks are much lower.
I had CVS done at 12+6 on Tues after a dodgy nuchal and it was fine.
The average risk of miscarriage is about 1:100 but the guy who carried out the procedure - the Professor of Fetal Medicine said that for that hospital, the risks were 1:700, because they only get very skilled people to do it.
CVS and amnio carry similar risks.
If you are worried about Downs syndrome and how you would cope, you should have the amnio.
I had the amnio on Thursday, which was not too bad in itself. However, I woke up through the night in a wet bed - clear liquid, so had to go to hospital to have things checked out. The midwife heard the baby's heartbeat, and a doctor did an internal examination and was reasonably confident that my waters were not leaking, so I was sent home on Friday morning.
I'm left in limbo now until my next a/n appointment in two weeks time. To be honest, I don't feel too confident that I have not lost my waters or that the baby will be ok.
That sounds really scary, but it may well be extra discharge and nothing to worry about, I hope so for your sake. However, I'm sure you'll worry about it, anyone would. Would it be possible to get a local GP's appointment? My GP has the equipment to listen into the baby's heartbeat, though I don't know how common that is - she has extra training/qualifications in maternity related areas of medicine.