20.04.2015

Pregnant after 40 down syndrome

Learning to cope: Nancy Binger, 40, was six months pregnant when she was told by doctors that her unborn baby had Down syndrome.
Getting ready: The college administrator, of Illinois, says she completely shut down when she first received the news. Two weeks after the embryos were implanted, Melanie was shocked to be told that both had 'taken' and she was expecting twins. Getting pregnant can be hard at the best of times but when you're over a certain age unfortunately things can get even harder.
We spoke to Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director at Create Health, to find out all you need to know about getting pregnant after 40 so you can be as prepared as you need.


Not to paint a bleak picture but naturally risks are heightened in pregnancies after the age of 40. But there is no denying that the chances of getting pregnant naturally after the age of 40 significantly drop. A woman’s egg supply is naturally going to decrease as she ages and with the eggs that remain there is a heightened chance of chromosomal problems like Down's Syndrome, birth defects and miscarriage. Nine were successfully fertilised with Andy's sperm outside the womb and doctors implanted two embryos to give her the best chance of pregnancy. Not only is she struggling with sleep deprivation and the punishing routine that comes with twins, but hardest of all to bear has been coming to terms with the fact that her daughter has Down's syndrome.


Of course, I knew there might be a risk of Down's at my age, but you just never imagine it will happen to you.
However, her 12-week scan included a nuchal translucency test, which revealed there was a high probability that both babies could have Down's. But she realises that with a difficult pregnancy and traumatic birth it has taken her longer than it might have to bond with Emily, and now delights in her daughter for who she is.




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