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#1 Murf84

Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:18 PM

Hello this is my very first post so hopefully I am doing this correctly. Just wanting hear some experiences of other girls which might help me through the next few weeks.Currently 12 weeks 5 days. First trimester ultrasound at 12 weeks showed NT of 1.4mm (I am told this is normal). I wasn't told anything about nasal bone etc at the scan. Bloods have come back and these have made me high risk for Trisomy 21 - risk is 1:88 with my HCG levels 2.052 and PAPP-A 0.299. Trisomy 18 & 13 came back low risk.
I am booked in for amnio in a few weeks (don't know how I will get through the wait) and I know there nothing to do now to change the outcome but would love to know if any of you could share similar experiences with similar results as above and what the outcome was of your amnio?
I have a very healthy energetic cheeky 3 yr old to get me through this and very supportive husband, we have announced the pregnancy to friends and family and don't know how I will deal with seeing people in the next few weeks wanting to know how I am and how the pregnancy is going sad.gif

#2 franno

Posted 27 June 2012 - 09:30 PM

That's really hard murf. I can't help you sorry but when I thought I was going to be faced with an amnio i posted a thread (pregnancy are I think) you could search for it I got some good replies on what to expect (all of them said the wait was way worse than the procedure). All the best.

#3 Lainskii

Posted 27 June 2012 - 10:24 PM


I was in the exact same position about 3.5 weeks ago.
My scan was fine, NT was 1.2, nasal bone present but my risk was 1:33 because of my PAPP-A (it was 1.1- or something like that).

I decided to have the amnio and got the results last week with no genetic issues.

If the NT was good then your baby is probably fine, it is probably just the low PAPP-A that is making your risk high (my odds were 1:4000 based on just the scan).

Good luck with the amnio, it wasn't as bad as I thought and I just made sure that I rested afterwards.

I have to admit the wait to have the amnio and the results (we paid extra for the fast fish so had them 24 hours later) was excruciating and we had only told family at the time. Just think positive thoughts and give your 3 yr old lots of cuddles

#4 emnut

Posted 27 June 2012 - 10:32 PM

I have extremely low PAPP-A & had high risk as well.  We had no soft markers on the scan & it was the blood that increased our odds significantly.  We opted not to have the amnio & at our morph scan recently (needed 2 due to baby's position) there are no abnormalities seen & it appears that everything is fine.  

I have found that during the time when we first told people and now when we have just had the morph scan that not a lot of people asked about the pregnancy, or if they did it was more just a case of how are you going & I just replied with ok or fine without going into detail.  

Good luck with your amnio.

#5 Scot in Oz

Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:09 PM

Hi MurfI had an amnio 3 weeks ago and was SO nervous. I had extremely high HCG (8) and normal PAPP-A, normal NT and nasal bone but the hcg combined with my age gave me a 1 in 30 risk- pretty high! Anyway, when I thought about what one in 30 meant you wouldn't bet on it at the races as odds of baby being healthy were pretty good so  1 in 88 is even lower risk and all your other results are good so i am sure it will be fine. Understand totally why you're anxious however!
The amnio was absolutely fine - a bit uncomfortable ( try not to speak during it - I found that made it more uncomofrotable!) but over in around 1 minute once they started taking fluid ( they took three vials but it took a little longer because one filled with air!).
I went for lunch after then worked from home on the sofa for rest of day. I felt fine for first 8 hours then during night got some mild twinges/ cramps but to be expected. Within 24 hrs all cramps had gone. I got my results within 24 hrs and cried with relief on the phone to gentetic counsellor when I got the good news! Baby chromosomally perfect :-) I did feel a lot of relief after the amnio- just so glad it was over so the actual wait for results wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!
The wait for the actual amnio was hard - it felt sooo lomg- but just keep as busy as you can - that definitely helped me although I did google everything I could find but in honesty a lot of what you come across can make you more nervous as you of course read the heart breaking stories along with the good news stories ( thankfully there are statistically alot more of those).
However, to ease your mind a little a v good friend is a fetal medicine specialist who carries out amnios and she told me they would be a lot more concerned by a thick nuchal fold on its own than a low/high blood level which are very often explained by something else, not that the baby has Downs. That helped me a lot.
Hang in there - completely empathise with your concerns but am sure your little one will be just fine x

#6 10to10

Posted 11 July 2012 - 06:06 PM

Hi, I don't have any experience in this I'm afraid but I just wanted to say that I hope it goes well for you Murf84. And ScotInOz - fantastic news! So pleased for you..

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