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A -1-year-old female asked:

i am 34 years old female. and now i am pregnant, 16 weeks. and i worry about my baby's health, for example, down syndrome, congenital cp.

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Congrats!: Normal concerns, they come with every pregnancy. Te good news is screening for problems is more common and 3D and 4D ultrasounds practically let us see the fetus. Cerebral palsy happens around the birth experience not in your womb. Just relax, enjoy your pregnancy and let the docs be vigilant about assessing the health and well being of your baby. :)
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
In the early 80's,Nelson documented the origin of >50% of CP in normal pregnancies/labor or delivery which ended the myth that it was always due to a birth mishap.
Nov 1, 2014
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Normal jitters: Every pregnancy at any age has a basic risk of ~4% of an unexpected outcome. Your DS risk is ~1/300 and CP risk ~1/2000. Although you may be troubled by your age & fears, the data suggest a 95% chance of a wonderful outcome. Having good prenatal care can optimize outcome.A few screening tests can identify problems early and help you get through pregnancy without too much dread about the outcome.

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