Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:50 am
Post subject: RESULTS OF NUCHAL FOLD/BLOOD TEST
Hi Guys have had my blood results back this morning and my odds have become worse, from my scan I was given 1:780 something but now with bloods have been given 1:220 which gives me a screen positive result Have been advised to go for amnio if thats what I want (which it is) as I need to know either way....I am terrified of this and see my consultant on Tuesday to arrange things, I think amnio can be done from 14 weeks so will be hoping to get this done as soon as possible as I am 14 weeks tomorrow, if there is anyone out there who has had an amnio please tell me what its like, I have to say the thought of it makes me want to pass out, I am usually very strong but just dont seem to be able to get my head round this.
Thanks Flossie xx
Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:45 pm
Post subject: amnio
So sorry to hear about what you are going through, think I replied to you before about this, but if you don't mind me boring you will let you know a bit more about what I went through with my second pregnancy.
My 'odds' were almost exactly the same as yours and I was advised to have the amnio............I too was terrified, but the reality was much less scary - they "numb" the skin around where they put the needle, I would advise you just to keep staring at the screen and look at your baby whilst it's being done, I know it's difficult but try to think of it as another opportunity to see your baby without having to wait for another 'routine' scan. the whole thing takes minutes (although will prob seem longer!) and they advise you to rest for the rest of the day, you might feel slightly tender!
The worst bit is the waiting for results, but when I actually sat down and thought about the chances of something being wrong, I worked out that it was less than 0.5%, which is really good odds, I know it won;t stop you worrying and nothing will be logical at the moment but try and keep it in mind! I was like you - I needed to know either way, not because I had made up my mind to terminate the pregnancy, but to have all the information in make an INFORMED choice, as, like you, I had other family members to consider and the impact that might have had upon them. I certainly was not looking for a "perfect" baby but I know that the next 5 months or so worrying myself sick would have been 10 times worse for mine and my unborn's health.
I got my results in about 10 days and everything was fine - I was glad I had the test and would def do it again. He is now a robust 6 year old, and am 20 weeks pregnant with my 3rd, my blood results were "normal" this time and I'm 34 as apposed to 27 so goes to show, being "young" is no exclusion to these things!
Will be thinking of you, really hope all goes well whatever you decide.
Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:00 pm
Hi Flossie - so sorry to hear about results. it must be a terribly stressful time for you. Just wanted to say again that one of my best friends had odds of 1:32, opted for amnio which she said was quick and not uncomfortable but wait for results was agonising. Good news is that despite really terrible odds she went on to have a perfectly normal, happy and healthy baby in November. Not sure this helps much but am thinking of you and keeping everything crossed. Sozzle
Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:20 pm
Thank you both so much for replies, my brain seems to have turned to mush today...am feeling a bit better now spent an hour crying this morning, just want to be able to enjoy this pregnancy seems I spent the first 12 weeks worrying about m/c now this, think to be honest it hit me harder as results from Nuchal were so good it was very unexpected. It certainly gives you positive hope when reading stories with happy endings. Onwards and upwards.
Thanx, Flossie xxx
Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:45 pm
CherylJane - Thanx for your reply, yes you are totally right!! I think no matter what your odds there is always a chance you could be that 1 in whatever, problem is NHS cut off seems to be 1:250 anyone with a greater chance than that is offered further diagnostic screening so kind of puts a different slant on it (well for me anyway) I know lots of my friends had no screening tests at all, maybe I am just a bit of a worrier deep down
Thanx, Flossie xx
Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:56 pm
I think it's natural to worry, especially when you are advised to have further tests.
I do understand your worry. I am very worried as two out of my three sisters are mentally handicapped (not Downs). I love them totally, but wouldn't want to have a handicapped child myself obviously. My sisters are 36 and 25. The point is, these days, there is better care and handicaps are often spotted. But in the big scheme of things, the chances of having a handicapped child is very low. No one else at my school had a handicapped sibling for example. I'm having genetic testing done on the 24th of this month, something I was on the waiting list for. Didn't think I'd become pregnant before the appointment!
Just keep positive and think of a big dice with over 200 sides on it, the chances of it coming down on that one side is so slim with just one throw. And besides, I think the hosptials do over protect themselves quite a bit with the odds they give.
I hope I haven't made you feel worse!
I believe in the power of positive thought. Keep strong
Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:51 am
Thanx - the dice thing is a very good way of putting it!! Seeing consultant tomorrow so hopefully things will be a bit clearer. My partners cousin has Downs Syndrome so we were not sure if there is a genetic link - although Downs is chromosonal so dont think so?? You know I could go looking on the Internet but I am sure it would just add to any worries I already have
Cheryljane - have never had genetic counselling, I presume your sister's conditions are genetic? Good luck with that I am sure that must be worrying.
Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:03 am
Not sure whether they are genetic handicaps. My mother had genetic testing done 20 yrs ago which showed nothing, but things have come a long way in 20 yrs. So, that's why I'm having tests now to establish whether there are faulty genes we need to detect. I'm hoping not, as they are very different handicaps.
Good luck with everything!
Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:54 pm
Hi Flossie. I have not had any experience with this problem, but I keep my fingers crossed that it turns out well for you. Waiting the 10 days will be agony, but I do think for your own sanity it may help you to have the test. I do not think it is a genetic handicap, just one of those things. My elder sister has learning difficulties but it has never been proven to have been genetic. As for genetic counselling, I do not think much of it. My husband and 2 children have kidney problems in varying degrees, and when we saw a genetic counseller they told us any future child would have a 50/50 chance of it which we already knew. Anyway, I hope it goes ok, and good luck.