Pre-Scan Warnings Would Have Caused Extra Distress Say Women With Problem Fetuses

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Pregnancy Warning and Fetal Abnormalities

Warning pregnant mothers about fetal abnormalities before scans would only have caused additional distress, according to a study of women who were given bad news when they had an ultrasound to detect possible anomalies at 20 weeks.

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Research published in the latest Journal of Advanced Nursing shows that although women wanted to be told immediately if a problem was detected, they didn't want a detailed list of possible problems flagged up in advance, especially as anomalies only affect about two per cent of pregnancies.

Joan Lalor from Trinity College, Dublin, carried out in-depth interviews with 38 women. 35 were carrying a single baby with detected anomalies and three were carrying twins

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