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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Down Syndrome When Pregnant

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Can you prevent your child from being born with down syndrome?

Can you prevent your child from being born with down syndrome?

Any pregnancy @ risk: There is a risk of unexpected outcome with any pregnancy of at least 4%.(premi, cleft, chromosome defect) ds risk is present with any pregnancy. Those who want can have the chromosome makeup of the fetus tested during pregnancy. The procedures have risk & should only be used when considering termination.The lowest statistical risk occurs with pregnancy in the early 20's. ...Read more

Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How often is the testing for Down syndrome during pregnancy wrong?

How often is the testing for Down syndrome during pregnancy wrong?

Chromosome analysis : obtained by amniocentesis or Chorionic Villous Sampling is diagnostic for Trisomy 21, other trisomies & monosomies. It is offered if the calculated statistical risk of DS from screening by blood tests & fetal ultrasounds + maternal age at EDD & family history reaches a cut-off point, often 1:270. This calculated risk method has an 80% detection rate & a 5% false-positive rate. ...Read more

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What is Down syndrome in pregnancy and what are the risk factors for it?

What is Down syndrome in pregnancy and what are the risk factors for it?

Chromosome defect: Ds is one of the more common chromosome(c) defects that can survive pregnancy (many others miscarry). It usually happens when an egg with an extra 21c combines with a normal sperm & creates a baby with the extra 21c in all tissues.Risks vary with age and are lowest in the early 20's(1/2000), rising to 1/100 at about 40 & 1/12 at 49.Various prenatal tests can pick up signs early on. ...Read more

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Down syndrome pregnancy testing came back as abnormal, what does this mean?

Down syndrome pregnancy testing came back as abnormal, what does this mean?

Depends: There are both screening tests and confirmatory tests. Screening tests ale less invasive but less specific.They are designed to take a thousand pregnant women and narrow down that number to 100 that need the more specific/invasive/costly test. Depending on which test you had, the results could mean several things. Call your doc. ...Read more

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Is it true that high hog levels in early pregnancy is linked to down syndrome?

Is it true that high hog levels in early pregnancy is linked to down syndrome?

Quad Marker Screen: The Quad Marker Screen is done between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy in select patients. It looks at levels of AFP, hCG, UE, and Inhibin-A. Low levels of AFP and UE and higher than normal levels of hCG and Inhibin-A COULD indicate that the woman is at higher risk for having a baby with Down's syndrome. It is not even close to 100% accurate (70%-80% at best). ...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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At 37, I had two miscarriages for my second child. Does it mean if I get pregnant again my child will have down syndrome?

At 37, I had two miscarriages for my second child. Does it mean if I get pregnant again my child will have down syndrome?

Risk is elevated: As a mother's age increases, the risk of having a child with Down syndrome increases. You can address this with you OBGYN. If you become pregnant, there is a new blood test for Down syndrome which is non invasive compared to amniocentesis. ...Read more

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I'm 36 years old trying to get pregnant but I'm concerned about having a Down syndrome because of my age how at risk I will be if I conceived?

For giving birth: to a child with DS your risk is 1:275. At 16 weeks gestation your risk of having a fetus with DS is 1:200. This is assuming there is no FH of Down Syndrome. These numbers are approximations based on no other risk factors. They all, however, calculate your risk of having a child without DS at greater than 99 percent. ...Read more

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If a person has Down syndrome and gets pregnant, what is the chance of a non-down child?

If a person has Down syndrome and gets pregnant, what is the chance of a non-down child?

It depends: Women with down syndrome can get pregnant, and often their pregnancies are complicated. If the down syndrome in the mother is caused by one extra chromosome 21, then the risk that she will conceive a child with trisomy 21 is about 50%. However, some down syndrome women may have a translocation - with the extra chromosome 21 attached to another chromosome. Then the risks might be higher, even 100%. ...Read more

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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