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for me, the risk of something being wrong after the Mat21 came back negative seem insignificant as opposed to the risk of miscarriage from an amino test.
36.5 is not unheard of for child-bearing age.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
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TTC #1 since Feb 2012BFP 3/14/2013, EDD 11/25/2013, born 12/5/2013
When I did my NT u/s, after the Materni T21, they told us the sex and I told the radiologist that I already knew, because of Mat T21. The radiologist asked why I even did the NT, since the Materni t21 was negative. I told her I was worried about other abnormalities and was still considering amnio to rule out spina bifida. She asked if I had been on folic acid prior to conception, I confirmed that I had. She said that there was only a 1 in 8000 chance of spina bifida if you were on folic prior to conceiving. I don't want to risk an amnio w/ a 1 in 200 chance of miscarriage, given those stats. Anything can go wrong, you may have every normal test and then end up with an autistic child down the road. I think that Materni T21 will eventually almost replace the amnio someday. Do as much non-invasive testing as possible and think long and hard before doing an amnio, if everything else is normal.
I understand the fear, I am 39, and it's scary. Also, talk to your OB about it.