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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

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

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What are the chances that one of my children will have Down syndrome?

What are the chances that one of my children will have 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

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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

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What is the chance of getting down syndrome?

What is the chance of getting down syndrome?

If Mom is 36 at term: risk of having a fetus with DS at 16 weeks' gestation is 1:200; risk of having a full-term baby with DS is 1:275. If mom is 37 at term, risk at 16 weeks is 1:150; at term, 1:225, because some pregnancies are lost. Comprehensive 1st trimester screening & integrated 1st & 2nd trimester screening calculate risk by specific hormone & protein levels in mom's blood + fetal ultrasound + maternal age. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my baby getting eczema?

What are the chances of my baby getting eczema?

10-30%: Anywhere from 10-30% (depending on the study you believe) will develop some form of eczema sometime during their lives. Chances are higher if eczema runs in your family, particularly if the baby's siblings have it. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having twins if there are from the side of my husband?

What are the chances of having twins if there are from the side of my husband?

Better than average: Twins(fraternal) can be conceived from two sperm fertilizing two separate eggs. Identical twins are also more likely genetically from your husband's side. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting my brother's heart defect?

What are the chances of getting my brother's heart defect?

Get cardiology evalu: It's estimated that 4 to 20 liveborn infants per 1000 have a cardiac malformation. Around 40% diagnosed during the first year if live. True prevalence may be higher. Bicuspid valve, the most common cardiac malformation is excluded from the estimates. The genetic contribution have been underestimated in the past. A lot of new data emerging. Go the aha scientific statements in chd and genetics. ...Read more

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What are the chances of Down syndrome at 40?

1/100 births: As above the rate of ds births are lowest in the early 20's at about 1/2000 with a gradual increase in risks that hit 1/100 at 40.There is always a baseline risk of about 4% of an unexpected outcome with any pregnancy.This must be added to specific age related risk. A visit with a genetic counselor can identify specific risk for any couple. ...Read more

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My husband is a twin what are the chances of having quadruplets .

My husband is a twin what are the chances of having quadruplets .

Very rare: The chance of naturally conceiving quadruplets is estimated as around 1 in 725,000. The odds increase if fertility treatments are being employed. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of stress affecting my period? And what are the chances of getting pregnant from pre-ejaculation?

What is the likelihood of stress affecting my period? And what are the chances of getting pregnant from pre-ejaculation?

Here are some...: Stress-related period irregularity has been not infrequently discussed, but this odd may widely vary among people due to their different personal tolerance and resilience to cope with stress. As to pre-cum induced pregnancy, it is almost next to zero. But still do HPT in a wk after missing period & repeat it in another wk if the first is (-) & still in doubt for no contraceptive is 100% success. ...Read more

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What are the chances of passing my celiac disease to my children?

What are the chances of passing my celiac disease to my children?

5-10%: There are genetic influences in celiac disease but these increase susceptibility rather than predict outcome. Even identical twins do not always share the disorder. ...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 are the chances of harming my baby if I fall on my stomach?

What are the chances of harming my baby if I fall on my stomach?

See below: Usually minimal. You naturally try and get your arms in front to take a fall. The child is also somewhat protected by the tissue surrounding it. I would suggest going to your OB doctor or an urgent care center if you fell directly on your abdomen to check for fetal heart tones. ...Read more

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What are the odds of having another baby with hypoplasia right chamber again?

What are the odds of having another baby with hypoplasia right chamber again?

Low: Recurrence risk of any chd (not the specific defect) is about 4 % unless one or both parents have any form of chd which adds to the risk factors. If you've had a previous child with any form of chd the risk doubles.Discussion of this and any other issue with a genetic counselor is worth doing.There can be other factors from either side of the family that may come into play with any pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the chances of cps placing my sister with me?

What are the chances of cps placing my sister with me?

If you are old : enough and want her, they may if they remove her. In situations like this, they ask the parent and child and extended family who would be willing to take the child in question. Worrying about this is useless. Better to ask your mom/dad what is going on and get them help. Provide any therapy to your sister about the changes shes going thru. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having more then one child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

What are the chances of having more then one child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

Tiny: The genetic influences on heart formation/defects are complex and located on several separate chromosomes.The risk of you having another kid with ANY heart defect (there are lots of them) is about 4%, while that of the same defect is incredibly small. ...Read more

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If my 2nd son had hemolytic disease of the newborn, what are the chances the rest of my babies will as well?

If my 2nd son had hemolytic disease of the newborn, what are the chances the rest of my babies will as well?

Depends: Hemolytic disease of the newborn, which is due to rh or ABO incompatibility, happens when the newborn's blood type is incompatible with the mother's, and the mother has passed antibody to the baby in utero. In ABO disease, the mother must be type o and the baby either a or b. In rh disease, the mother must be rh- and the baby rh+. So, subsequent risk depends on the fetus' blood type. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are my odd of getting cancer when on both sides of the family?

Could you tell me what are my odd of getting cancer when on both sides of the family?

Good question: Hi, This is a good question and not so simple to answer. I've heard different statistics for the risk of developing cancer in a persons lifetime that ranges somewhere between 25% to 50%. Recent research I've seen lists this risk around 38% to 40%. This is for all cancers and over a lifetime. There are many different types of cancers. A close family member having it may increase your risk. ...Read more

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What are the signs of Down syndrome in a baby?

What are the signs of Down syndrome in a baby?

Loose tone: The infant with down syndrome will usual have loose tone, very flexible joints and be delayed in sitting and walking. They usually scoot rather than crawl. Their develop can improve rapidly with good directed play. They usually have problems chewing and swallowing with frequent coughing and chocking. But this will also improve with time. Speech is slow and difficult. ...Read more