My medical ordeal started on the second trimester of my second pregnancy, my OB Gyne told me that my blood test result had abnormalities to it. She sent me to a specialist for Maternal Serum Screening (Quad Screen). It is a test designed to identify women who have a higher than average chance to have a baby with chromosome problem such as Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18 or an open neural tube defect like spina bifida.
The test is usually performed between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy and measures the levels of four substances that are made by the baby and the placenta and can be found in a mother's blood stream.
When the result came, it showed that I do not have an increased risk to have a baby with an open neural tube defect or Trisomy 18. The result however, indicated that there is a chance to have a child with Down Syndrome. The result of my tests had modified this chance to 1 in 118. Turning this numbers around a 117 in 118 or greater 99% chance that my baby does not have a Down Syndrome.
The genetic Counselor asked us if we would be willing to have a test called amniocentesis that is available to analyze the baby's chromosomes before birth. She said that amniocentesis carries a 1 in 200 or 0.5% risk for complications. Complications of the test can include bleeding, loss of amniotic fluid, infection and a 1 in 750 chance for miscarriage. She also discussed to us the last type of testing called Cystic Fibrosis
We said no to all of them. We stood firm that no matter what happen, he's still our baby and we want him born. Why risk of losing your baby if there still hope from up above? Me and my husband, our families and friends prayed together that our son will be alright. When he was born, he is perfectly fit. But then my son's pediatrician informed us that based from the result he made on him, our son might have a Thalassemia ( a group of genetic blood disorder)..
My OB Gyne told me that it is impossible that our son has that kind of disorder because in order to have it, one of us parents would have to have it. And neither of us has it. So we didn't even bother to have our son check . What for? Our son is healthy and hey sometimes this professionals can be wrong too.
So for the pregnant mother's out there, try to incorporate organic liquid folic acide in your healthy routines. It could help you reduce the risk of pregnancy with complications I have mentioned above.