Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Did You Know? - Part 1

As part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I will be sharing a few facts about Down syndrome that many people don't know, or that I find interesting.  

Fact #1:  Down Syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.  This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.  This is why Down syndrome is also called Trisomy 21 (3 copies of the 21st chromosome).  The "error" in cell division occurs at conception and is not related to anything the mother did during pregnancy (I'm off the hook!).  Some call it an "error" - we call it God's plan!   

Fact #2:  Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition.  One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.  Wow! I bet you know someone who has Ds, or someone who has a son/daughter/sister/brother/other relative with Ds.  Ask them about their special blessing! =)

Fact #3:  The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother.  But, due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.  FYI - I was 33 when Anna was born.

Keep coming back for more facts and as I put some common myths to rest.

Source: ndss.org

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