danitall 38, 48, 3/17/11,
I made the mistake of getting the quad screen--gave into my husband's desire to do it, thinking, oh, it'll just confirm that everything's alright. Well, I came out at a higher risk for down's (1 in 58 chance), and they sent me to do the genetic ultrasound. I had that yesterday and they largely ruled out down's syndrome (to the extent they can without the amnio, which we've declined)--now my odds are 1 in 1046, which is pretty good. However, the perinatal specialist then asked why the hormonal levels came out the way they did in the blood test, and is saying that he wants to see me every 4 weeks to monitor the growth of the baby. He says that there may be a problem with the placenta and that he would induce at 39 weeks! He says the baby may not be getting the nutrition he needs, there's a higher risk of preeclampsia and a higher risk of being a stillborn. I'm kind of in shock that suddenly I'm in the category of "high risk" pregnancy!
Anyone have any experience with this or have any suggestions?
Have you talked anymore to the midwife about this? If you are not due until May, it seems he is doing a lot of "this might happen" and not looking at what IS happening. If there is no problem, there is no reason to induce, so I would kindly say something like "I'd like to deal with what is going on now, and not what might happen"
Are you seeing a midwife or a perinatal specialist? Because I am seeing a midwife with my sonogram at the perinatal specialist, but I listen to NOTHING the perinatal doctor says to me and talk to my midwife first. The perinatal OB also tried to give me the "we will never know if there are definitely any abnormalities unless we do an amnio, there is always a risk there" and the midwife was like - whatever, don't worry about it your odds are good.
If you want, what he is talking about I think can be picked up later during NST when you are like 36-38 weeks. For him to threaten preeclampsia and still born is kind of crazy. Yes it might be higher for a 40 year old, but doesn't mean it WILL happen and it hasn't happened with my pregnancies (dd was 36 when I had her) and you can make changes (like diet and adding high levels of Vit D) now that might help with preeclampsia.