Down Syndrome | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • I’m over age 35 and I’m pregnant. Will I have a baby with Down syndrome?
  • What tests can we do to determine whether my baby has Down syndrome?
  • Are there any dangers to these tests?
  • My baby has Down syndrome. What do I do next?
  • Will my baby have any problems at birth?
  • What challenges will my child face as he or she grows?
  • What kinds of exercises can we do to help my child if he or she has poor muscle tone?
  • Should I have another child if I have one that has Down syndrome?
  • Will my baby be able to breastfeed?
  • Where can I go for help and support?


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Some of this content was developed by the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in CA (USC), MA (UMass Boston), IA (U of IA), KY (U of KY) and supported in part by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). The opinions expressed are strictly those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the supporting organizations.

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 01/99