I just had an amnio done about a week and a half ago. We are still anxiously waiting for results. I am 36, will be 37 when the baby is born. I would not have done it for age alone. We did first trimester screening and nuchal translucency, which were negative. The 2nd trimester quad screen came back positive with a 1:15 chance of Down syndrome. That is what made us decide to do it. If the quad screen was negative we would not have done an amnio. We will not terminate, but if the baby is affected we want to know ahead of time and be prepared at the time of birth. They did a level II ultrasound right before the amnio and it was completely normal - no markers for Down's were seen. I really feel in my heart now that the baby is okay. I was scared to death of the procedure. My worst nightmare would have been losing the pregnancy because of the procedure, then receiving "normal baby" results. It was very uncomfortable, and I don't want to ever do it again, but so far, 11 days out, I feel like we're "safe." I was mildly crampy the day of the procedure, rested that day and the 2 days afterwards, then was back to normal activity. We were quoted a 1 in 300 to 1 in 500 rate of pregnancy loss.
(By the way - I'm a surrogate mother, so these decisions were made with myself and the intended mother. When I say "we", that's who I'm referring to.)
Good luck to you in your decision making. I know it's a tough one.
Originally Posted by pedal_princess
I'm 35 and my hubby and I are torn about an amnio. I had the quad blood and u/s testing and they came back negative. I'd love to hear from anyone who made the choice to have or not have an amnio. and please state your age as that is the main reason we are considering.
Thanks in advance for your help.