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  #1  
November 17th, 2012, 11:28 AM
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I decided to go ahead and get an amnio, for peace of mind. Now I am freaking out. I go in on Wednesday and can't stop thinking that it might cause me to miscarry a perfectly healthy pregnancy.... I know the risk is minimal, but there IS a risk. I may chicken out just before they go in, that's what I did with Peter. Sorry for rambling, I am just so nervous.

Has anyone had a successful amnio in here?
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November 17th, 2012, 12:26 PM
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It's good to hear from you and that your pregnancy is going well
Personally I wouldn't do an amino.
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November 17th, 2012, 12:41 PM
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At 16wks, I would not do the amnio either. Im in my 40's and have always just relied on level 2 u/s at 20wks with all the blood work tests they do. If anything showed up questionable, I would of, but always started with the least risk in testing before thinking about the more aggressive ones.

With that said, I know you have the higher risk with the disorder your husband carries. I would personally still wait until after 20wks though. Missy123 had her amnio at 20wks and all was fine. I just personally think 16wks is too early and would fear my water leaking or contracting to hard. Good luck, I know how stressfull this is for you and whatever decision you make, I wish you all the best.
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November 17th, 2012, 02:02 PM
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I've had 3 of them. All three were done because something was found on the u/s and I opted to find out before the baby(s) came. We've gone into the last 2 pg knowing that there was a good chance I'd get another one but in both times, the baby was perfect in the u/s and blood tests.

Regardless of what everyone will tell you, the risk is not that high (<0.5%). As long as you
1) relax as they are doing it
2) don't do anything for at least 24 hours
3) listen to what your OB says
4) Your OB has a good success rate.

I found after my first one, to watch the u/s screen and NOT what the OB is doing. The first one I made the mistake of watching him and tensed up. It hurt like heck. Next one, I watched the screen and it was nothing more than a normal shot.

They will scan you for a while and then put a bunch of dots on your stomach. The OB will come in and scan again. What he/she is looking for is the "best" amount of fluid being as far away from any moving parts. I know mine usually take another 15m to find the perfect spot. Then they insert the needle while scanning your belly. They will pull out if the baby moves. Once they get the fluid, the needle is remove and they will scan for another 15-20 minutes. This is to make sure the baby is still fine. Then they'll have to sit up and go home. I usually lie on the couch for 24 hours and don't do a dang thing.

I've never regretted doing them. I knew that all three were 100% healthy and the stress it would have caused would have done more damage.

Good luck.
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November 17th, 2012, 03:15 PM
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I had one with Peter at 34 weeks. I had to stay in the hospital with contractions for 12 hours. That is why I am worried about doing it so soon. At 34 weeks Peter would have just spent some time in the NICU. If I go into labour now, Charles will die....

I have plans to do nothing at all for the rest of the day, but I am still scared. I do want it for the peace of mind it will bring. I was so sure through my whole pregnancy that Peter would die. I didn't enjoy a single second of it. This is going to be my last pregnancy and I want to enjoy it! I guess we will see!
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November 17th, 2012, 04:43 PM
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I personaly would not do an amneo, but i completely understand why you want to. I say go with what your heart says. If you feel like this is the best thing for you and baby then do it. Ultimately you need to feel comfortable with what is going on. I will keep you in my prayers.
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November 17th, 2012, 05:39 PM
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good luck, sweetie. I hope it goes well.
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November 17th, 2012, 05:48 PM
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Just popping in from the Dec DDC.
I know there some new blood tests out there that make many reasons for the animo obsolete. Could this be something you could do?
Or could you wait till you have a in depth u/s and go from there?
Would this particular condition show up with an u/s?
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November 17th, 2012, 06:42 PM
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Just popping in from the Dec DDC.
I know there some new blood tests out there that make many reasons for the animo obsolete. Could this be something you could do?
Or could you wait till you have a in depth u/s and go from there?
Would this particular condition show up with an u/s?

No, we need to look at baby's actual DNA.
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November 18th, 2012, 12:34 PM
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I have no advice as I feel it's a personal decision and you have valid reasons for doing it. But, I wanted to say good luck!!!
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November 19th, 2012, 08:43 AM
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I just wanted to say good luck! With my brother, my mom had an amnio (16 years ago) before she hit 20 weeks, I can't remember exactly how far along. She didn't have any complications from it.
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November 19th, 2012, 10:19 AM
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I had an amino at 20 weeks with Scarlett. We had a ton of risk factors such as downs in both families, I was 42, and my sister went through menopause before age 30.

I was scared, really scared but Mike wanted to know so we could prepare if we needed to. The nurse in the room was really nice and what she did was put a towel over my eyes so I could not see while the doctor talked me through it all and Mike held my hand.

I rested for 24 hours and had no complications. Had we decided to have another baby I would do it again.

It is a very personal choice, one that only you and your husband can decide. ((hugs)) I know how hard of a decision this is to make.
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November 19th, 2012, 11:21 AM
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Good Luck whatever you decide. I'll be thinking about you and praying!!
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