downs syndrome
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tori

what are the chances of your child having downs syndrome. is there a test to tell even with the baby still in the womb?

 

keanna_cutie

i dunno if down's is hereditary but i think they can test the fluid inside the stomach for down's syndrome... i forgot the name of the test though

 

MirandaHB

they can screen for downs early in the pregnancy so you will know. they do a test called amniocentisis. i am not sure but i think down's is genetic in origin. as in something is wrong with gene sequencing while the baby was developing. not hereditary wherein it is passed from family to family.

 

Fiona

down's is more of a choromosome abnormality rather than a hereditary disease.

 

roxanne

down's syndrome occurs in 1 every 800 births! it is quite common. mothers over 40 yo are the most at risk.

 

loulou

down syndrome is also known as trisomy 21, meaning that instead of the normal two copies of each and every 24 chromosomes, there is an extra copy of number 21. it can be tested for within the first 10-12 weeks using Chorionic villi sampling, which samples the placenta, which contains DNA (which is neatly packaged into chromosomes) This test will only be performed if there are other serious risk factors for genetic abnormality (age of mother]35, family history, etc)
Good luck! and don't worry about it, stress is not good for you or the baby!

 

loulou

excuse me, i meant 23 chromosome sets

 

angelaaaa

Every woman has a 1 in 8000 chance of birthing twins... it seems that down's syndrome is more common than we originally thought.

 

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