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    Default Amnio test, Please share your experience. thanks

    From my NT scan i have to do amnio test as i have high risk for trisomy 21 (down syndrome) as 1 in 81. I have a schedule test for next week, i try to distract myself and think positive that the result will be negative that im going to have a healthy baby. However sometime my mind also wonder what happen if positive? We havent got final word what we are going to do. Im very scared and worried.

    For anyone, can you please share your experience with amnio test and what are you going to do with the outcome.

    Your support highly appreciated it! Many thanks

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    Dear ecstatic, I feel for you, but hope you will get the all clear. I have had an amnio and a cvs because for me, I had to have an actual 'diagnostic' test for peace of mind, rather than an 'estimate' which the NT test provides. If I only had an NT, I would always have a niggle in the back of mind 'what if'?? I was worried before my amnio- I think that is natural- but I can honestly say the actual procedure is fine- not painful, but it does feel a bit weird. I would recommend not looking- I had a scarf wrapped around my head!- and have someone with you who can distract you and talk to you about something totally unrelated- like Masterchef, or whats for dinner?. I specifically asked the Dr not to talk me through the procedure, but to tell me when it was over. And to not show me what he had taken out. It only took a few minutes. The worst part was a bit of cramping in the hours afterwards (which again, is normal). Park as close as you can to the test centre and don't walk much. Take it easy at home that night and order your favourite take away If you can, order the FISH fast result within 48 hrs. All the best

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    Hi ecstatic, I'm a bit different to littleriv. I went in with an open mind. As much as I'm worried, DH and I were both sure that we rather know it now than later. DD had a heart abnormality which is often linked to chromosome abnormality hence the cardiologist suggested doing Amnio. We braced ourselves to be prepared of any results. We just want to be prepared for bub in case there's anything we can do or make decisions. Throughout the process, I was very attentive to the Dr doing the procedure. He was very nice and gentle, explaning every move. While he was at it, I keep talking to bub inside of myself for bub to stay put and behave. In fact before I went it, I talked to bub, telling her what we are doing and that I need her to stay still and not be playful because it can be dangerous if she moves when the needle is being inserted. Luckily bub stayed real still. Unfortunately this is something that we can't not worry about. You just have to be mentally and emotionally prepared of the results and what are your decisions if things are not the way you want. Our results came back and indeed DH had a very uncommon chromosome abnormality. We were given the choice to terminate the pregnancy but DH and I discussed and we can't bear to do it and decided to give it a chance. DH was inside me for 9 months before she was stillborn. I really treasured the 9 months with her and will never regret the decision to keep her going even after the test results. So it's really up to you and your partner. Hope I haven't scare you off anything. Have the courage to face it and make plans from there on. I wish you good luck and the best results!

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    I had an amnio with ds2 as ds1 has a chromosome abnormality. I was scared, didn't really want the test but wanted the peace of mind. For me this is what happened. I went in to the usual ultra sound room and had a normal ultrasound just to check the baby, it took about 30mins. Then the specialist came in along with a midwife. I lay on the table just as if I was having an ultrasound. They put antiseptic stuff on my belly, and told me to keep still as I would feel a sting, I'm not sure if that was a local or the actual needle going in. You don't feel any pain but a weird sensation like someone is sticking their finger in your belly button. The procedure where the needle is in your belly took about 5 to 10 mins. They did show me what they had taken and when they were done I had a little cry. It's a very emotional thing to experience. I was told to sit up when ready and I felt a little weak but that could have been due to the stress of having the procedure. They reassured me and we were on our way. They did check the baby via ultrasound before we left and he was fine. The worst part unfortunately really is the waiting but the peace of mind it brings is really worth it. Be sure to rest properly for a day or two. Good luck xx

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    Hi ecstatic
    I had an amnio procedure about 7 weeks ago,as my risk of trisomy 21 was "1 in 5",so very high risk. I had to wait 3 weeks before having it done at 16 weeks preg and it was the most worrying,scariest time of my life waiting to have it done.
    Like you,I tried to distract myself and think positive thoughts,but it really is so very hard not to worry about it constantly isn't it....please stay away from Google,I think that made me stress worse!
    The procedure itself wasn't that bad...the ultrasound tech started off by doing an ultrasound to locate bub,then the Doctor swabbed my belly and then went in..I felt a little sting when the needle went in,but that lasted about a second...the whole thing was over in a couple of minutes..I just concentrated on looking at bub on the screen while it was happening.
    I rested at home for the next couple of days and did not experience any cramping or bleeding,as can be expected. I asked for the FISH (fast results) as I didn't want to wait up to 2 weeks for the final results. You will pay extra for that,I got my bill a few weeks ago and it was $160...expensive yes,but for me it was worth it.
    Thankfully bub got the all clear with the FISH results,and the final results 2 weeks later confirmed that...the relief was indescribable. I honestly don't know what we would have done if the result went the other way..my husband did not want to discuss our options until we got the results.
    I wish you all the very best,good luck!!!

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    I had an amino at 16 weeks with DS as I was in the "gray" area - just outside of high risk for Downs and due to my DD1 being extremely low risk and the fact that i am yound, we decided to go ahead with the amino. What a long and painful wait it was... The procedure was done by my obstetrician and midwife first thing in the AM. I was told to drink plenty of fluid in the days leading up to the amino so there was plenty of fluid around baby.

    Same deal as the other ladies with the antibacterial swab, but for me I found the procedure on the high end of uncomfortable. It felt like getting an epidural, for me it was a weird pressure/nerve pain but it was over in under 30 seconds! My obstetrician didn't let me watch. She also made me lay on my hands to stop me from flinching. They use a needle guide to ensure bubs is safe and you just have to stay really still.

    Afterwards I had some mild contractions for a day like strong Braxton hicks and I took it easy for a few days just to be on the safe side. I have heard of women going back to work that Arvo but I didn't want to risk lifting my toddler or anything and my husband helped me to lift her for breastfeeding and into the cot. If you can try to book it in for a Friday Arvo so if you have a partner or mum etc to be with u on the weekend so u can take it easy

    My results were all good and I actually got to find out that we were having a son weeks before I would have

    Due to my results I did have a more thorough 18 week scan for the heart to make sure it was all ok... Turns out my little boy has a really fat neck roll btw!

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    I had an amnio at 16 weeks also and I was like PP and found the procedure a lil more painful/ uncomfortable than o expected.
    We too paid extra for the FISH results as I was also having stray thoughts about what ifs.

    It was a huge relief to get the all clear and for me personally, I think it would be too hard to say what we would do without actually being in that position. You could have an idea but until you are actually faced with it I don't think we could know how we would feel.
    DH took two days off work to look after me but honestly I think I could have gone back to work the next day.

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    I had an amnio at 36 weeks, as ultrasound detected a birth defect at 32 weeks which was a marker for trisomy. The pain was very bearable, it was the wait that was the worst. And also at 36 weeks there is no choice when it comes to the outcome of the pregnancy. Staying positive, spending time with people you love and staying away from dr. Google all made the wait a little easier for me. It was a horrible time, and I feel for anyone else who has to go through it. I wish you a good result and a happy, healthy pregnancy.

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    Thanks so much ladies for your sharing and support. Reading all your experiences made my day!!!

    When we had an initial meeting with dr, he keep asking what we are going to do with the outcome? We probably thought not to continue but think about it made me feel bad. When the dr asked whether we are going to terminate? I really dont like to hear the word "t" I really hope everything will be allright.

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    Sorry i mean if positive outcome, we thought we arent going to continue. But to think about it made me feel bad and very sad.

    Littleriv - thanks for your info. Great idea to order fav takeaway. I have order FISH, the waiting will kill me.

    Joenbby - im really sorry for what you have been through. You are very strong woman! All the best for you as well for the next one. Thanks

    Linda01 - thanks for going through the procedure.


 

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