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High Down´s Syndrome risk in triple test, so scared about amniocenteisi result

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Heather1977 Sat 09-Aug-08 12:09:01

Hi, Last week I received my blood test result for the triple test and I got a very high one in 15. I have to go for amniocentesis in 2 weeks and I am really scared. I´m 31 so age isn´t really a factor, but the doctor explained that the high risk could be caused by lots of other things.
They did a scan and could see no abnormalities, as apparently 50% of DS babies have obvious deformities.
But I´m still so upset, crying every day and not wanting to talk to anyone about being pregnant.
Anyone been through something similar? Could do with some moral support!

SNoraWotzThat Sat 09-Aug-08 12:24:17

Poor you, not sure what to say.

mankymummy Sat 09-Aug-08 12:32:41

i had a 1 in 20 on the triple test and opted for amnio.

the procedure itself... they put a long needle into the abdomen. it feels quite uncomfortable but not really, really painful. you can watch it on screen if you want to. the doctor i had was fantastic.

check when you will get the results back, i had the results for downs back in about 2 hours...(and the rest about a week later). i waited at the hospital as the results were delivered by the consultant which i thought was a really good thing as it meant that i could discuss the implications immediately.

do you know what you will do if the results come back that there is something wrong?

you never know until it happens how you will actually feel but its a good thing to think about it.

happy to answer any questions you have.

lisasimpson Sat 09-Aug-08 12:34:51

I had an amnio two years ago and the waiting for the results was the hardest part. I was waiting 2.5 weeks which is about average I think. I tried to 'switch off' to the pregnancy during this time, in case it came up with anything bad and we were not going to continue with it.
I would definitely recommend having it if you want to know the outcome for sure and the risk of miscarriage is probably lower than your triple score result. Good luck

mankymummy Sat 09-Aug-08 12:37:28

two and a half weeks?!!!! crikey, i was extremely lucky then.

lisasimpson Sat 09-Aug-08 12:40:59

I did have the option of paying for a quick result (2-3 days I think) but it wouldn't have been the full result anyway so we thought we would wait.

Heather1977 Sat 09-Aug-08 13:09:53

I will have to wait for 2 days for my result. I´m not scared about the procedure at all - just hope my baby is OK! I can´t help fearing the worst but I hear that there are a lot of false postives in the triple test. It´s so hard dealing with risk ratios as it doesn´t really tell you anything but you can´t help analysing!
Arrgh, have enough going on hormonally as it is without all of this...

mankymummy Sat 09-Aug-08 13:25:23

i do feel for you, try and remember that there is a 14 in 15 chance that everything is fine.

my DS is fine, my friend had a 1 in 3 and her son is fine also.

another friend works with children who have downs and i've met some of them, they are the sweetest, funniest children i've ever met and as babies they are absolutely gorgeous.

lowrib Sat 09-Aug-08 18:44:02

I can guess how you must be feeling, it's horrid. I'm now 20w + 2, and was told at 13 weeks that we had a 1 in 18 risk. It was a real shock, and a part of me was convinved that the results would be positive, no matter how much I tried to rationalise it.

I had CVS (very similar to amnio - great big needle thing) the results came out neative - no downs.

I know it all suddenly seems to become a game of maths - but here are some more figures just in case it helps. A 1 in 15 chance is actually the same things as less than a 7% chance. Or put another way, you have more than a 93% chance of everything being OK.

A friend recommeded the organisation ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices) to me. Actually in the end I never used them because I only learnt about it the day before my results came through, but they're meant to be good, and you can call them for advice about anything to do with antenatal tests.
020 7631 0280

Good luck, I hope it all works out OK.

lowrib Sat 09-Aug-08 18:47:28

Actually the thing that helped me most while in limbo before the results, was 'the Rough Guide to Pregnancy and Birth'. I found it a couple of days after the hospital told me about the 1 in 18 chance, and it really cheared me up. It has a very down to earth, funny approach, and was a good antidote to the pretty serious books I already had, and the worries I was having at the time. I really recommend it!

(Not sure if we're meant to recommend products here so posting this seperately in case it gets deleted!)

eidsvold Sun 10-Aug-08 11:11:37

was given a rough 1 in 5 after an ultrasound although probably higher than that and the result is dd1 who is pictured on my profile.

eidsvold Sun 10-Aug-08 11:12:13

and I would not change anything.

lowrib Sun 10-Aug-08 14:53:56


greenbeanie Sun 10-Aug-08 20:04:16

Really want to send you my support. Just remember that you don't "have" to have an aminio if you don't want to. It is worth thinking what you will do with results whatever they may be. Also with regards to ds there is a huge variation in how someone with ds can be, just as there is with every human being, and the test cannot tell you how severe (or mild) a disablity can be.
Good luck

elkiedee Sun 10-Aug-08 22:50:03

I got "high risk" results at 12 weeks though mainly based on age in my case (also blood tests). I had CVS as they can do that a bit earlier, I had to wait until the Monday after the Thursday for results but they came back clear.

Based on the experience, I think it's a shock for anyone to get those initial scary results and to realise that they have to make hard decisions and may have to make further ones. It's something you don't appreciate with routine tests. I had my first baby at 37 and my results were still low risk, so I was if anything less prepared for the shock of the phone call second time around.

If you can, take your husband or partner, or someone who can give you whatever support you feel you need along for the amnio appointment, if you do choose to have that further test - it's a choice, not something you have to do. That helped me. I also took that day and the Friday and Monday off work as really resting is recommended - I took sick leave as it's a medical procedure and the rest is medical advice, though the Monday wasn't strictly necessary (generally I have a pretty good sick record even in my 1st pregnancy and this one so far).

There's an organisation called antenatal results and choices (ARC) who can offer telephone advice - they have a website, but let me know if you can't find it on Google and I'll post a link for you.

eidsvold Sun 10-Aug-08 23:04:43

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eidsvold Sun 10-Aug-08 23:05:09

oops - sorry that turned into a long post. smile

expatinscotland Sun 10-Aug-08 23:08:13

eids, i just want to say, i could read your story every day and it would never fail to make me smile!

i know it's scary, but special needs are not the end of the world!

my daughter has SN, dyspraxia, that couldn't be detected by any antenatal test.

i hope you find some peace, heather.

Clary Sun 10-Aug-08 23:18:42

Heather I too hope you find the answers you are looking for.

I agree with expat - my DS1 is on the SN register for issues that could never be diagnosed antenatally.

It's nothing like what eidsvold has had to deal with (I too could read your story again and again) but I guess my point is you cannot know everything about your child before they are born - prob just as well.

You don't have to have amnio - but if you go ahead with it, you need to think about what you will do if you get a positive result.

Others would feel, like eidsvold, that there is no point in amnio if you don't plan to terminate. If you need to know or will terminate then yes, amnio is the right thing for you.

eidsvold Sun 10-Aug-08 23:22:36

actually to pick up on something Clary said - when dh and I said not to an amnio. I stated that it would not make a difference to us - we would do nothing with the information. The cardiologist basically agreed with us - no sense in putting ourselves through it if we were not needing to know 100% We still did some reading up about the heart defect and prepared ourselves for our gorgeous daughter to be born. We contacted the UK down syndrome association who were more than happy to send us information and chat with us over the phone.

PussinJimmyChoos Sun 10-Aug-08 23:27:15

Eid - lovely lovely inspiring and all of your DD's are beautiful!

mummyhill Sun 10-Aug-08 23:39:28

Eid lovely post and I agree your girls are beautiful.

I used to work as a live in care officer for adults with Downs Syndrome who's parents were elderly and couldn't cope. It was a great job and I really miss it.

Ceelo Mon 11-Aug-08 08:24:58

Heather, I had exactly the same experience as you. We are around the same age and I was 1/28 chance of Downs Syndrome. I went through what you are going through, I felt really bad, as I had waited forever to tell people I was pregnant and then as soon as I did there was this whole issue. I even posted on MN and quite a few people made me feel REALLY bad about being "negative" about Downs syndrome and that I was awful to feel so upset. thy also listed a host of things that amnio can't pick up!!! Yup, just what you need to hear!! You every right to feel scared. It will probably be fine; I read that there is high chance of false positives. Waiting was the worst part. I will be thinking of you sending you a hug and knowing how tough it all can be.

twocutedarlings Mon 11-Aug-08 09:07:03

Ceelo I think eid post was just what was needed on this thread!!. Its good to see things from every angle!! and who better to do that, than a parent who parents a child with downs to put that angle across.

Parenting a child with special needs is not a bad world, its just a differant one.

sarah293 Mon 11-Aug-08 09:17:10

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