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What are the chances of a woman having a baby with down syndrome?

What are the chances of a woman having a baby with down syndrome?

ACOG charts show the: risk of having a fetus with a Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome at prenatal diagnosis vs. the risk of having a live-born infant with DS because ~ 25% are lost. If there is no family history or prior infant with DS, at age 42 at delivery, the risk is 1/63; risk at 16 weeks' gestation is 1/50 - 1/55. Risk of any chromosomal disorder at term is 1/42. If 43 at term, DS risk is 1/49; of any trisomy, 1/33. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

Down syndrome is the classic presentation clinically of the congenital malformation syndrome also known as Trisomy 21. Classic features may include simian creases, epicanthal folds, upslanting palpebral fissures, flat nasal bridge, hypertelorism, low set ears, endocardial cushion defects of the heart, atlanto-axial joint instability, blood ...Read more


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Is there any way you can lower the risk of having a baby with down syndrome?

Is there  any way you can lower the risk of having a baby with down syndrome?

Increases with Age: Increasing age of mom increases the risk of down's syndrome. Otherwise no known way to change the outcome other than have babies at a younger age. ...Read more

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What are the best ways you can lower the risk of having a baby with down syndrome?

What are the best ways you can lower the risk of having a baby with down syndrome?

Conceive younger age: As females get older the likelihood they will have a child with trisomies , such as down syndrome increases. So, the younger the egg cells the lower the risk for down syndrome. There are tests that can be done during early pregnancy that would detect if fetus has down syndrome, and some couples choose to terminate pregnancy. ...Read more

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What's my risk of having a baby with Down syndrome if I want a baby at 40? I'm 35 now. Thanks

What's my risk of having a baby with Down syndrome if I want a baby at 40? I'm 35 now. Thanks

Hurry Up!: While there are always exception to the rule, yes, t The risk of Down syndrome increases with the mother’s age : At age 25, the risk of having a baby with Down syndrome is 1 in 1,250. At age 30, the risk is 1 in 1,000. At age 35, the risk is 1 in 400. At age 40, the risk is 1 in 100. At age 45, the risk is 1 in 30. ...Read more

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I am 38 and pregnant. How will i know that i will not have a baby with down syndrome? I am scared.

I am 38 and pregnant. How will i know that i will not have a baby with down syndrome? I am scared.

Surveylance: There are some screening tests that can be done in pregnancy that are non invasive & give suggestive data. A blood test on you is non specific but can suggest a problem, a high resolution ultrasound can look for some suggestive features, an amniocentesis can tell for sure. Your risk at 38 is ~ 1/270 so you are not as high a risk as you suppose. ...Read more

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I am 28 years old and just received news from my obgyn that I have a 1:50 chance to have a baby with down syndrome. I am extremely worried.?

I am 28 years old and just received news from my obgyn that I have a 1:50 chance to have a baby with down syndrome.  I am extremely worried.?

Statistics!: Try to remember that a one-in-fifty chance of having a baby with down syndrome is the same as a forty-nine-out-of-fifty chance that you won't. Depending on how far along you are, you may be able to have a test that will tell you for certain, i.e., through amniocentesis or chorionic villous sampling. Please talk to your health care provider for more information and hopefully, reassurance. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 36 too old to have a normal baby with no down syndrome?

Need help. Is 36 too old to have a normal baby with no down syndrome?

No: The risk increases with the mother's age but it is very common for women today to give birth in their mid-30s. ...Read more

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What are the odds of my baby having down syndrome?

What are the odds of my baby having down syndrome?

Variable: A thorough assessment of anyone's risks for pregnancy includes age, pre-pregnancy health ; medications, and an assessment of the genetic input from both parents. A 43 yo has ~1/30 risk of a trisomy 21 down syndrome birth, added to a general 4% risk with any pregnancy for an unexpected event (cleft, premi, illness). A consultation with a genetic counselor could define your specific risks. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 19 years old and I have been told that I have a 1 and 6 chance of my baby having down syndrome.?

What to do if I'm 19 years old and I have been told that I have a 1 and 6 chance of my baby having down syndrome.?

Hard to say: DS births can occur with mothers of any age. If your screening test that suggests it,you must decide what you will do with the information.You can get a more specific test that could confirm or exclude the finding.You might be better able to prepare for the birth if you knew. ...Read more