What To Expect During Genetic Prenatal Testing

By: South Florida Perinatal Medicine

What To Expect During Genetic Prenatal Testing

If you have been referred for genetic prenatal testing your pregnancy is probably at high risk for chromosomal abnormalities or genetic defects. It is important to remember that doing a test does not mean that you won’t have a healthy baby. Genetic tests are a means to determine what your risks are so that you can get the specialized prenatal care that you require as well as prepare for the future.

Before you go for genetic prenatal testing you will typically be asked to meet with a genetic counselor who will explain your options. He/she will collect detailed information about your medical history as well as that of your family in order to fully understand your situation and provide the right advice. If your maternal age is above 35 years you may be asked to do tests even if you don’t exhibit any signs or have a family history of genetic defects.

There are many different types of tests for identifying your risks. Depending on the type of test, a sample of your blood, skin, amniotic fluid or other tissue will be collected and sent to a lab for analysis. These tests may be conducted by your doctor, a medical geneticist or nurse practitioner.

Here is a quick guide on what to expect during genetic prenatal testing.

Genetic prenatal testing is voluntary and you always have the option to say no. Knowing what you’re dealing with, however, helps make important (and informed) decisions about next steps.

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