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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 and determine if you have risks for you and your baby. Talk to your doctor about what tests are right for you.
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.
As an alternative to genetic testing, maternal serum screening tests help determine if your child is at risk for specific disorders. Your provider may have ordered a test in your first trimester, and so your doctor may order the second part of this testing, or a test that complements the information provided by NIPT, called Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein (MSAFP). Sometime second-trimester screening is coupled with an ultrasound, or other medical procedures.
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 the results of your genetic testing.