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35 and having baby. Doctor has me worried about Down Syndrome now :(

6 answers
1 year ago
The doctor said because of my 'advanced maternal age' I need extra testing for Down Syndrome. I refused some of the tests, but will get a high risk ultrasound at 18 weeks. Am I worrying about nothing or is this common for 35 year olds? This was a 'surprise' pregnancy as I didn't plan on anymore.

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1 year ago
I believe it's pretty common. In my experience don't worry until there is something to worry about, it's not good for you or the baby
1 year ago
I believe it's pretty common. In my experience don't worry until there is something to worry about, it's not good for you or the baby
1 year ago
Your chances of having a baby with Down Syndrome are about 1 in 214. But, about 80% of all babies with Down Syndrome are conceived by women under 35. So, the odds are somewhat misleading. You need to ask yourself whether Down Syndrome will affect whether or not you want this child. If so, get all the testing done so that you can make your decision before 18 weeks and can take the appropriate steps. If not, do some research to find out what you may be in for. Other than that, don't worry too much about it. Your child either has it, or doesn't. Worrying won't change it.
1 year ago
Having a baby over 30 is very common these days. I am 41 and have a beautiful 4 year old girl and a bouncing baby  8 month old boy. My pregnancy with both was tiring and well worth it.
1 year ago
All pregnancies carry some risk of birth disorder or birth injury, but still the vast majority end in healthy births.  For more information and tips on how to avoid preventable birth injury, check out some of our articles at http://www.cpfamilynetwork.org/.
1 year ago
All pregnancies carry some risk of birth disorder or birth injury, but still the vast majority end in healthy births.  For more information and tips on how to avoid preventable birth injury, check out some of our articles at http://www.cpfamilynetwork.org/.

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