Bye-Bye Amnio? A Safe, New Procedure Could Replace It

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Amnio needle
So long, amniocentesis. And good riddance.

Researchers in the Netherlands say they are in the midst of developing a prenatal blood test that would be able to detect accurately chromosomal abnormalities in the developing fetus and eliminate the need for tests like amnio and CVS (chorionic villus sampling).

Can I get a whoo-whoo?

This is great news for those of us who did not want to get the tests, which carry with them a small chance of miscarriage since they both involve needles and the amniotic sac.

I didn't get either of those tests and they're controversial for many reasons, including the concern that these tests are just for people who would abort if the fetus is abnormal.

Obviously there are many reasons to get the tests beyond that -- but one of the reasons people give for not having the tests is that the risk of miscarriage isn't worth it since they wouldn't terminate the pregnancy either way.

As for me, I got the bare minimum in terms of prenatal tests. Early on, I tested for any genetic diseases I carried and then later, I had the 11-week ultrasound and NT (nuchal translucency) blood test that looks for abnormalities. Since I was on the younger side, my midwife didn't recommend amnio or CVS.

If there were a blood test, I likely would have done it, just to know. I have no idea how I would use the information, but I like to know all the facts in every situation.

Would you get this test?


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Joie85 Joie85

I'm currently 36 weeks pregnant and yes, I had an amnio and I'm grateful that I did. The chance of miscarriage is extremely small - 1 in 1,666 and studies are showing that even that number is probably higher than the actual. At 24 I was told my blood work showed the risk of my baby having down syndrome was 1 in 40 which is the average risk factor for a woman almost 50.  I was 18 weeks pregnant at the time & if I had not had the amnio which reassured me everything was OK with the baby I would have been a stressed out, nervous wreck my entire pregnancy. 


As far as the "concern that these tests are just for people who would abort if the fetus is abnormal", I do believe abortion is legal & a personal choice no matter what the reason. 

Young... YoungHold

I had an amnio too, being pregnant with my "one and only" at age 38.  I was worried about several factors related to my age and family history and having that "all clear" sure did make my pregnancy more enjoyable.  I think if there's something that would not involve risk of miscarriage, I would have have jumped at the chance.

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