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Posted by Jennifer Gage on April 24, 2000 at 18:11:09:

In Reply to: pregnancy with possible down syndrome posted by marie miller on April 14, 2000 at 23:34:36:

: I am 25 weeks pregnant and my initial FAP test came back negative at 19 weeks, but my baby does not move very inactive but has a strong heartbeat, my doctor does not think there is a problem. the more I read and the more I talk to people I am finding out that it is possibly a sign of down syndrome. Can anyone confirm this?
: I have a four year old daughter with down syndrome and must tell you, there is no way to know for sure unless you get an amniocentisis. She was my first child ( at 25 years old) and I have a typical daughter as well. When I look back at movement, my second child was definately more active but my first, Kaitlyn, had hiccups everyday and moved a bit ( it was hard to know because it was my first pregnancy.) What I can tell you though is that as scary as it seems, there are so many worse things that can happen to a child i.e., cerable palsey and even autism. If you do deliver a child with down syndrome please know that you are now part of a very close knit community of people who have felt everything you will feel and have experienced something great and extraordinary in their child. My daughter has brought my family together in a way nothing else could have and we are so incredibly blessed having this person in our lives. Feel free to contact us if you need any advice or support.
Jennifer Gage - InTheQueue@aol.com


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