2 kids with Down's Syndrome in the same family???

Jennifer - posted on 04/18/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a wonderful almost 3 year old and just found out last week that I'm pregnant again. I will be 40 next week. Although I will love this new baby no matter what, I was wondering if there were any other women out there that has 2 children with Down's Syndrome. The genetic dept told us after Tirzah was born that neither my husband nor myself were carriers and the possibility was 1% that our next baby would have the same challenges. But I was wanting to get other viewpoints.

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Shannon - posted on 06/20/2012

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I have a 4 yr old son, 18 month old son, and am due with our 3rd son in October. Our 18 month old does indeed has DS and we would not change anything for the world. We went and had the genetic testing done, 1st trimester screen and our risk factor came back GREATER than 1 in 2. Thats a 50/50 shot here!!! We had a level 2 ultrasound done and no severe abnomalities or defects were seen. At this point in time, our son's future is in God's hands!!! I do want you all to know, that even though your doctor says theres a 1% chance of having another child with Downs, there is still that possibility of your next child having Down's!!! We were all for having baby #3....and soooo excited about it...then shock hit us....we could very well be bringing another child with DS into the world!!!! Is that selfish of us that we chose that route?! How are we going to deal with 2 children with DS!?!?! How do you balance your life after this?!?! Lots of questions run through your head, but for some odd reason, people keep telling me..."God only gives you what he thinks you can handle!!!" He most know something very special about me that I cant see!!! Im not trying to sway you or anyone for that matter on having another child, but I am letting your know no matter your age the possibility is there!!!! By the way im only 27!

Eiz - posted on 09/27/2011

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i'm worried of getting pregnant again because my Zara is DS...eventhough the docs said it just 1%..but i m still worried about this...and furthermore..i want to focus on Zara's milestone and development first..

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Farwa - posted 1 day ago

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What i have heard is ther cant be 2 babies with down syndrome in one family but after reading these comments m pretty upset :( my son Ammar iis ds n all my tests during pregnancy was negative n it was shocking n unacceptablefor us... No doubt they r special n a gift from god 'special babies for special parents'. Hes 6 months nw I really love him hes my sweetheart n btw m just 21...

Melanie - posted on 11/06/2012

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My stepson and his wife just had their second Down Syndrome child, and, like the first baby, it was a complete surprise. Tests of both parents after the first child had not shown any increased likelihood of having a Trisomy 21 child, and tests of the fetus in the first trimester of their second pregnancy had not found any abnormality. Either the test results were inaccurate (lab errors), or something else is going on that current tests cannot detect. Surely it is not just pure coincidence!



Anyway it is likely they will never dare to have a third child now.

Eiz - posted on 06/20/2012

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i'm now planning for next pregnancy bcoz of some few reasons
#1..have all of I heard about Stem cells...they said this atem cells can help our child in the future esp to our down syndrome baby as we may not know t?
hat can happen to their health in the future..anyone can xplain to me about this further?or anyone ever try it?
#2..thanks to shannon...i'm glad that someone has open my mind that God chose us n we caant see what miracle hidden..but i feel so thankful n proud to have ZARA in my life..and I want to give her a soster or mayb one more brother to cherish herlife more......

Stacey - posted on 06/16/2011

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I had a miscarriage with my first pregnancy due to Trisomy 18. The doctors told us it was a fluke 1% change. We were so surprised when Nathan was born with Down syndrome. We should have bought lottery tickets. Ha. We just had a baby boy with perfectly normal chromosomes. I did have the CVS test with my this last pregnancy. It was nice knowing the results early. Congrats!!

Andi - posted on 05/18/2011

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Since Down syndrome isn't inherited (or even predictable), there is always a chance it could happen, but the odds would be very small for two non-twin children. I don't have two children with Down syndrome, but I have one with Ds and another with cerebral palsy, so lightning did strike me twice, just in another way!

Jana - posted on 05/01/2011

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I have a friend who has twins with DS. I know that is different than what you are asking. I wouldn't be fearful. I have a little boy almost 4, so I would be concerned or curious as you are. Keep us posted.

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