Meredith - posted on 02/16/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )
I am 14 weeks into my second pregnancy and was recently told by my specialist that my first round of D.S. (Down Syndrome) blood work came back "abnormal" and my rating was a 1 out of 21. The ultrasound though, had no signs (neck, nasal bone) of our baby having D.S. I am going back in two weeks to get the second round of blood work done. I am not completely sold on whether I am going to go for the ole' "Needle in the gut" should this test come back abnormal as well. I was told that this is being based on the fact that I am 37 and not much else.
I had my first baby when I was 35 and passed the tests with no problem. Mental illness, etc does not run in my family nor my husband's and my first child was born 100% healthy.
This is the deal: I am SCARED to death that if I opt to get this somewhat invasive test done I might miscarry. There is always that possibility and I have to ask myself...either way we're going to have the baby regardless......Then I think...Wouldn't it be better to know as soon as possible if something is wrong so you can prepare yourself as best as you can? Maybe I am being naive....but how much can one really prepare themselves?
There is also a relatively new test that was just put out last year (incase nobody is familiar with it) called the "MaterniT21" test and supposively it's 100% no risk and non-invasive and out of 219 cases of kids born with D.S. they successfully detected 212 of them.
Here's a link...... http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/...
What are your thoughts and/or advice?