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A few weeks back I had the early blood test and in-depth ultrasound to test for Down syndrome and Trisomy 13 and 18 as I’m over 35 years old. I got the results back and my odds of a baby with Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18 is 1 in 7,741. For Down syndrome it is 1 in 897. As the results for Down syndrome is under 1200, the prenatal specialist is requesting for the quad screening to be done this week. The quad screening is the standard screening that everyone does after 16 weeks to check for any abnormal signs in the blood. For some reason on my first pregnancy my quad screening came back just one or two numbers off so I was sent to the specialist where I had an in depth ultra sound and an amniocentesis. The amnio is not fun and I don’t want to do that again. That is where they stick a huge needle into your belly, into the sack and extract amniotic fluid to test the DNA for any abnormalities in the chromosomes of the baby. First off, it is scary. Second off, it makes you cramp up that night and through the next day with a low chance of a miscarriage.  I don’t want to do that again. All that to find out that our baby was fine.

I go to the lab this week to have the quad screening done. Apparently it is routine to do if you’re over the age of 35 and if you have your first screening come back with anything under 1200 for Down syndrome. Ugh. Not what I wanted to hear. The quad screening will be read and if it is just a little bit abnormal again…well, off to the specialist I go. This time I will not get the amnio. My husband is not completely aware of my current decision, but he is not the one having a huge needle poked into him with cramping to follow. We briefly discussed what we would do if the quad screening comes back and I have to go to the specialist and he of course said, “Well I guess we’ll just get the amnio and it will show everything is fine. I’d rather have that peace of mind than find out something is wrong upon delivery.” I see things a little differently. We would not terminate the pregnancy based on the findings of the amnio. My husband does want to be prepared. I would rather take my chances and have a happy positive pregnancy. If we were to find out that we were having a baby with Down syndrome, we would be stressed and discussing that problem until the day the baby was born. While I am a person who always wants to be prepared, the baby does not need to hear the negative discussions about the potential health problems and issues he/she will have. Unborn children can hear everything you say and do. They may not remember it but it is in their subconscious. That can affect so much in their lifetime. That is why I’d rather deal with the problem—should there be a problem—by telling the baby, and believing myself, that I have a happy, healthy child.

In the case of my first child, the quad revealed a couple numbers off from the standard. These are medical standards that averages are based on. Not everyone falls into those standards. My child is happy, healthy, and is fine even though the quad came back a little off. If the findings this time do the same then it is more than likely just the kind of babies I have and the way my body is set up. It isn’t standard. Who is? Everyone is different and therefore don’t get yourself all worked up should your tests come back a hair off.

This is a very important conversation to have with your spouse. You do need to think about what you would do should you find out that you are having a child with physical and mental disabilities. Would you terminate? Would your husband agree with you? Do you know your spouse well enough to know what they would say and think if you said you wanted to terminate or keep the baby? What if they don’t want to raise a disabled child? Does either side of your family have disabled children? These are all questions you should have with your mate prior to and during a pregnancy. You and your spouse need to be on the same page.

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