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Doctor insights on: Pregnant Down Syndrome Women

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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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. ?

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. 
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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. :) ...Read more

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Can the new test of the pregnant woman's blood fine Down syndrome DNA from the fetus?

Can the new test of the pregnant woman's blood fine Down syndrome DNA from the fetus?

Fetal DNA analysis: Harmony by Ariosa Diagnostics 99.9% accurate from 10 wk 0d, trisomy 21, 13, 18, results in 7-10 d. "For expectant parents with a financial need, regardless of insurance status, Ariosa offers assistance to those who qualify based on a sliding fee schedule." 1-855-927-4672. For testing from 9w0d, Natera's Panorama also detects microdeletions, but may be twice as expensive. (650) 249-9090. ...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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My first child has a downsyndrome is it possible that my next future children will have down syndrome if i will get pregnant with the same guy?

My first child has a downsyndrome is it possible that my next future children will have down syndrome if i will get pregnant with the same guy?

Depends: Traditional 21 trisomy has a cited recurrence risk of 1%, regardless of the male. If the child has a variant form of DS caused by a translocation, the risk is much higher.This can all be worked out with a genetic counselor. ...Read more

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Im 42 and pregnant my partner is 24 what are our odds of having a healthy baby im 42 and pregnant my partner ia 24 and i want to know what are our chances of having a healthy baby...See i had a Down syndrome baby when i was 39 with my ex husband and now i

Im 42 and pregnant my partner is 24 what are our odds of having a healthy baby im 42 and pregnant my partner ia 24 and i want to know what are our chances of having a healthy baby...See i had a Down syndrome baby when i was 39 with my ex husband and now i

Relative risk: Your previous DS birth adds 1% to your risk of a repeat.Add that to 1% by age and 4% risk of some unexpected outcome that all pregnant mothers have. So in fact your estimated chance of a normal outcome is 94%.I would encourage you to have screening done and proceed as you wish. ...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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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