Week 1 to end of week 12
A number of lab tests are suggested for all women as part of routine prenatal care. These tests can help confirm that you are healthy as well as determine if you have risks for you and your baby. Talk to your doctor about what tests are right for you.
*Additional testing may be requested based on your background and risk for problems, with consent and in accordance with law.
Talk to your doctor about the benefits of genetic testing, which can provide important information on the health of your baby. Whether this is your first pregnancy or you are adding to your family, genetic testing can provide insights to help you better understand your health, and that of your future family.
Screening for you and your partner. Most babies are born healthy. However, everyone has genetic mutations which can be passed on to his or her baby. Carrier screening can help determine if your child is at risk for specific disorders such as cystic fibrosis. Carrier testing is usually performed on you first. If the test is positive, your partner should be tested.
Screening for your baby. With a simple routine blood draw early in your pregnancy, NIPT screening will check the genetic health of your baby and rule out some specific conditions that could affect your baby’s health and development.
Screening for your baby. As an alternative to genetic testing, maternal serum screening tests help determine if your child is at risk for specific disorders. Your provider may order one of an assortment of tests in your first-trimester screen, sometimes combined with testing in a later semester
Genetic information and knowledge is changing rapidly, and understanding your genetic testing choices can be complicated, so it is important to have a trusted source for gaining answers to your questions.
Our expert, board-certified genetic counselors work with you and your doctor to help you understand your genetic risks and testing options. You may talk with a genetic counselor when you are considering genetic testing, or to discuss your genetic testing results.