Prenatal genetic testing to screen for genetic disorders was offered when I was pregnant with both of my daughters. I was 31 and 33 when I was pregnant with my two girls. I was very low risk and never considered terminating the life of my baby, regardless if the results were positive.
Both times, I was appalled that they had the nerve to even ask if I would do such a thing. I declined testing both times. Both girls were born healthy. We were very lucky. I know that now.
There are many different types of genetic testing screens available ranging from non-invasive blood tests and ultrasounds to more invasive diagnostic testing which actually goes in and collects cells from the mothers uterus to examine the babyâ€™s chromosomes.
Carrier Testing: Carrier testing is used to identify parents who carry a copy of a gene mutation that, when present in both parents, will cause a genetic disorder.
Prenatal Testing: Prenatal testing is done while the fetus is still in utero and can detect a change in a fetusâ€™ genes or chromosomes before birth.
Newborn Testing: Newborn screening is done directly after birth to identify genetic disorders in newborn.
Diagnostic Testing: Diagnostic testing is done to identify a suspected genetic or chromosomal condition.
Preimplantation Testing: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is done to reduce the chances of having a baby with a genetic or chromosomal condition, by detecting genetic changes in embryos created through in-vitro fertilization.
Did you have genetic testing when you were pregnant? What are your thoughts on prenatal genetic testing?
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