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March 7th, 2005, 10:27 AM
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I'm scheduled for an Level II ultrasound and Amnio on Friday, but I'm not really sure I want the amnio done. For those of you who have ever had one, what are some of the after effects of it? Have you ever had any complications?

I've been reading article after article, but I wanted to actually talk to someone who has had one.
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March 7th, 2005, 09:14 PM
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I personally will NEVER get an amnio early in pregnancy. I had one at 34 weeks because of preterm labor and they needed to know if Freja's lungs were good enough to let her be born.

I've had one but it hurt and I hurt for 4 days after I had it. Early in pregnant (20 weeks and stuff) they CAN cause you to loose the baby. Not saying it WILL happen but drs don't seem to tell patients that
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March 8th, 2005, 05:38 PM
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I had one and it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. It's a needle, like all the other needles you get. The fact that it's in your stomach is what made me really frightened, but it really wasn't that bad. I had no complications or after effects-- and I was running around after a 15 month old at the time.

I had to talk to a genetic counselor before they would give it; mandatory for that medical center. Why don't you talk to one beforehand?? It might allay some of your concerns and help make up your mind about the whole thing.
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March 9th, 2005, 07:32 AM
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I am scheduled for genetic counseling tomorrow afternoon, then the Level II/Amnio on Friday. I'm glad they're going to let me sleep on it, because it's a tough decision.
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March 9th, 2005, 08:07 AM
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I have had 2 for 2 different pregnancies.I felt a little crampy not as bad as menstraul cramps.I didnt have complications.The risk of miscarriage is between 1 in 200 and 1 in 400 depending on the office.If you decide the office should give at least 50 per month to decrease your risk.The cut off for a positive AFP is 1 in 250 so the closer to 250 the less the risk of the defect.Depending on the defect it can be detected on u/s and that was what I triied 1st.Your genetic councilor will give you the numbers & tell you what percent of the defect is caught on u/s.About 60% of Downs is caught by u/s and almost 90% of Trisomy 18 is caught.These are also the 2 that are most likely to get a false positive.

feel free to pm me if you want to hopefully the genetic appt will ease your mind

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March 9th, 2005, 08:26 AM
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I had one at 17 weeks b/c I am a carrier for hemophilia. My brother had the disease and I knew if we had a son he had a 50/50 chance of being a hemophiliac. I went to a perinatalogist who was very experienced. We had to meet with the genetic counselor beforehand. Let me tell you, it wasn't an easy decision. We had to weigh how important it was to find out before or after he was born. We knew we would continue on with the pregnancy regardless. The procedure itself was not bad at all. I just looked away and held my husband's hand and it was over in just a couple of minutes. They told me I could have some mild cramping that evening, but I had none. I didn't feel bad at all-- no side effects or anything. And long term, I am so glad we had it done. We found out that our son does have hemophilia.. and let me tell you, I lost it for a couple of days. Now we are learning to deal with the reality of it and are starting to meet with specialists. Plus, there are certain precautions they will take during delivery.. things that are really good to know. But mostly, I think learning to cope with it now is so much better than waiting until after he's born. I was so devastated in the beginning.. but I can only imagine how hard it would have been after he was already here. I feel like the worst is now behind me and now we are focusing all our concentration on providing him with the best care and best life possible.
So, to answer your question, it wasn't bad at all and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
I hope this helps ease your worries.
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March 9th, 2005, 10:57 AM
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I had two late pregnancy amnios with my first child and third child to check lung maturity. They were really painful. The second one, she (my first baby) turned abruptly and hit her back on the needle. THAT HURT!!! She also still has a scar to prove it.
I would never have one in early pregnancy, especially after going thru the ones I have. It is jus tmy personal feelings, but I just don't feel the benefits outweigh the risks.
Good luck on your decision!
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March 10th, 2005, 05:17 AM
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I will (maybe) be having mine to test for Spina Bifida and it would definitely be beneficial to know before hand so they can take extra care in delivery. I'm just so scared of the risk of miscarriage, even though it is so small. I will be going to genetic counseling today to get the 'scoop' on the doctor that will be performing it. If I don't feel comfortable with the numbers they give me, then I won't be having this done.

Thanks for everyone's input!
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