Genetic screening is testing done as part of our obstetric services at Solace Woman's Care before you conceive to see if you, or your partner, are carriers for certain genetic diseases. Getting screened before you try to get pregnant can give you and your partner reassurance and peace of mind when making the transition to parenthood. These tests are done with a simple blood test to see if you are "carriers" of certain genetic diseases. It can help you to make the best and most informed decision prior to pregnancy. Your ethnic background and family history are the main factors that determine whether or not genetic testing is right for you.
If it turns out you and your partner are both carriers for certain diseases you can prepare and learn what it means to be a carrier. You can educate yourself about the potential genetic condition as well as the prenatal tests that can check up on your baby's health. It may also lead you to consider other options like egg or sperm donation or possibly adoption.
Genetic Screening in Pregnancy
Getting tested once you become pregnant can help you and your doctor decide the right prenatal tests for your baby. For example, if you know that your baby is at increased risk for cystic fibrosis your doctor can look for that through CVS, chorionic villi sampling, or amniocentesis. This testing can screen the child while in utero and you can test for a specific disorder or disorders in general. It may become important is you have another child with a certain genetic disorder or a family member with a genetic disorder.
If you have any questions about genetic screening, you can trust Solace Women's Care to provide you with timely and compassionate care. Contact our practice today to set up an appointment and we will guide you through the process. We look forward to being a part of this very special time in your life.