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<p>I'm 13 weeks pregnant with twins. I have several medical condition that put me in a high risk pregnancy catagory, and my OB has suggested that I have an amniocentisis. I've been looking up info online, and the risk of birth defect and miscarrige is scaring me to death. I'd love to here from any other Mamas who have had an amnio, there experiences ? </p>
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<p>I haven't had an amnio, so you may do with this information what you will.</p>
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<p>There is a real risk to amnio (1 in 200 will spur miscarriage). If you're at a facility that does them frequently they may have a rate closer to 1 in 400.</p>
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<p>I think the big question you have to ask yourself when considering an amnio is "what will you do with the information you receive?" If you wouldn't abort or if you're testing for something that has less odds than the amnio then what's the point since they put potentially perfectly healthy babes at risk.</p>
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<p>Good luck in your quest for info! I suggest some research coupled with following your gut.<span><img alt="hug.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1330557473662_151" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="width:22px;height:15px;"></span></p>
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<p>I had an amnio 2 years ago, and was told the risk was about 1 in 1200 for miscarriage. We had a diagnosis during our 18 week ultrasound that led the doctors to believe something else could be wrong, and we wanted to know. We had no clue what we would do with the info, but we agreed that was our path.</p>
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<p>I was not scared to death of the procedure. If you are, I'm not sure I'd recommend it to you, unless knowing something would lead to better care at the birth of your babes. Is this something the doctors need to know to keep your children healthy?</p>
 

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I had an amnio 2 years ago, and was told the risk was about 1 in 1200 for miscarriage.</div>
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I do not think this is true - I've never seen a number anywhere near that low. I hope that your provider wasn't misleading you, or maybe you/they have some information I don't have.<br><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/amniocentesis?page=2" target="_blank">Web MD</a> gives a 1 in 200 to a 1 in 400 risk range.<br><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prenataltesting/amniocentesis.html" target="_blank">The American Pregnancy Association</a> gives those same numbers - from a 1 in 200 to a 1 in 400 risk.<br><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22296417" target="_blank">This study</a> gives numbers for very experienced practitioners, and compares loss in the amnio group with the group who declined.<br><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11702837" target="_blank">This study</a> shows some of the risk factors for loss after amnio -- prior bleeding in the pregnancy, your age, and history or miscarriage or abortion -- so those are things that might make amnio more/less risky for you personally.<br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/community/t/1346621/amniocentisis-freaking-out-anyone-btdt#post_16896095" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
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I think the big question you have to ask yourself when considering an amnio is "what will you do with the information you receive?"</div>
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This I think is very true. What will the results of the amnio change in your or your provider's approach to this pregnancy? I think you should weigh costs and benefits (of course thinking about your specific medical situation) and probably talk to your doctor again -- say you're concerned about the risk of m/c and ask about a plan of action based on different results.
 
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