Rachel - posted on 08/13/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )
I am currently pregnant with my second child. My blood test showed a 5% risk of DS. I have had one genetic ultrasound, I have another scheduled, and a fetal echo cardiogram at 24 weeks. I refused, and will continue to refuse amnio. The ultrasound showed no markers for DS, I am 24 and my husband and I have no history of any defects in our families, but because the blood test showed such a high risk I want to be prepared as much as possible since I can't know for sure until birth. By prepared I mean that I want to learn as much as I can before baby arrives, so I can be the best mommy possible for her. Nothing will change my mind about keeping her.
I've read a few posts on here and it seems like many DS babies are born early.. but does that have to do with the DS, or is it separate? And are there other pregnancy complications or symptoms that are more likely with DS babies? I have been concerned for the last couple of weeks because I'm not feeling as much movement. I am 19 weeks, I started feeling movement at 16 weeks, she was pretty active for about a week and a half and now it seems like I rarely feel her. I told my doctor, but he said it's too early to be concerned with fetal movement. I am also interested in learning more about DS and what I should prepare for. I've read a lot already, but I'd love to hear from other moms. Any resource recommendations would be appreciated also. Thanks so much!