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Q: My baby has been detected for high risk of trisomy 13 and 18

Me and my husband went in for the nt scan at 12 weeks, a week later we were told our baby has low risk for trisomy 21(downs syndrome) but high risk for trisomy 13(pataus syndrome) and trisomy 18(Edwards syndrome) my baby has a 1:18 chance of having these, my baby also has omphalocele which is a hernia, we are going to see the specialist tomorrow but I feel lost I don't know if I could keep this baby or terminate and move on with my life, it's taken us 3 years to conceive and it's our first so I'm torn. Is there anyone out there that have had this test, had a positive result but had a healthy child? Or any success stories? Please share

This question was asked Oct. 30, 2012 4:35am
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Answered by Maybebaby - Oct. 31, 2012 7:39pm
Im asking is it selfish to keep my baby cuz i believe that letting her go naturally even if she only lives for a day or 2 is more peaceful?

I feel better after the scan cuz she looked good to me, she was jumping around so much, how can such an active baby have so much wrong?, her heart beat was perfect, the hernia may be just a hernia, but it could also be a symptom of either trisomy, that's y I need the amino,

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Answered by Mrsfroomie - Oct. 31, 2012 9:20am
Maybe,
Do you feel better after the scan? Is the hernia a separate issue or is it related to these possible trisomies?

" in the end I no I cant intentional keep my baby if she has these trisomys but at the same time I don't think I can live with myself, is that selfish?" Are you asking if it is selfish to NOT keep the baby?

I wish for you that the next two weeks go quickly so you can get some answers from your amnio and of course that those results sway in the most positive way! Thinking about you in this horrible time of limbo.ugh

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Answered by Maybebaby - Oct. 31, 2012 6:41am
So had the specialist do a scan today, baby is growing normally although its a little small,( only a week behind) I'm not worried about that yet, but the hernia is defiantly there and the liver and bladder are sitting in it. So I guess so far the hernia isn't that big, baby hasn't got any obvious heart problems or defects apart from hernia. But booked in for amino in 2 weeks, bub, was kicking around and stretching a lot very active, I can feel flutters a lot I know this is her cuz it almost tickles. Now we play the waiting game for the test and results, all the while I grow more attached to a baby I might not be able to have :'-( in the end I no I cant intentional keep my baby if she has these trisomys but at the same time I don't think I can live with myself, is that selfish? Am I putting wat I want before my baby? I hate this!

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Answered by ElaLoub - Oct. 31, 2012 12:43am
Good luck Maybebaby!! Praying that everything will turn out fine!!!

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Answered by Maybebaby - Oct. 30, 2012 3:14pm
Thank you everyone so much, it's helps to have real people's thoughts, I've defiantly done my research, either is not a nice syndrome but I think cuz it's my first baby I'd rather either wait to see if she can hang around till I meet her or go naturally. I go to see the specialist today so wish me luck,
blessed be everyone

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Answered by a member - Oct. 30, 2012 2:47pm
The original poster said 1:18 not 1:13. 1:18 is about 5.6%.

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Answered by a member - Oct. 30, 2012 2:22pm
Elaloub-where do you calculate a 5% chance of something wrong. 1:13 is not 5%.

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Answered by bebalinda - Oct. 30, 2012 1:38pm
Sorry for what you are going through and not sure if this helps but my cousins friend was told that her baby will be born with down syndrome and drs asked her if she wanted to terminate pregnancy she said no that she will take whatever god sends her well drs were sure baby had down syndrome she had the baby about 3 weeks ago and he is 100% healthy and no down syndrome at all!

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Answered by ElaLoub - Oct. 30, 2012 11:09am
I just want to say good luck and God bless!!! This decision must be very difficult but remember that it's only a 5% odd chance that something is wrong and 95% chance that your baby would be perfect and healthy!!! Even if your baby is not healthy, your baby will forever be your first and perfect in every way!! I would not be able to terminate because I'm a Christian. I think that worse case scenario, if there is something wrong,your baby can still bless your lives in more ways than you.think,even in a short life of only a year! Remember that with God anything is possible!! Lots of love and hugs xxx

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Answered by nurse_jenn07 - Oct. 30, 2012 10:30am
I work in a neonatal ICU so I see these syndromes. I would first confirm with amnio or CVS that the baby for sure has one of the syndromes. Then if they confirm either trisomy 18 or trisomy 13 I would consider termination. I have personally never seen a baby with either syndrome live past a year but I have only been working in the neonatal icu for 3 1\2 years. If the baby just has an omphalocele it can have surgery shortly after birth to correct it and it does require extensive recovery period but the baby would be ok after that. So if it is just an omphalocele I would go through with the pregnancy! Ultimately it is whatever you and your husband are comfortable with though. Just get the research and before making your decision!

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