Planning a family can be accompanied by feelings of hope and possibility, but health concerns can add unnecessary worries to an otherwise exciting time. Genetic testing can help you overcome uncertainty and prepare you for parenthood. Find out more about your health, that of your partner, and the health of your baby.
CYSTIC FIBROSIS TESTING
Before you begin planning a family or during your pregnancy, genetic testing allows you and your partner to make informed decisions. Testing can reveal genetic mutations that cause Cystic Fibrosis. With Cystic Fibrosis, both parents must carry a copy of the abnormal gene in order for the condition to occur in the child. If both parents are carriers, the child has a 25% chance of having Cystic Fibrosis. With support from our Genetic Counselors, this information can help you plan and prepare for pregnancy.
DOWN SYNDROME SCREENING
Screenings conducted through a quick blood draw from the mother’s arm impose zero risk to pregnancy. Testing for Down’s Syndrome and other potential chromosomal abnormalities can take place at 10 weeks gestational age. With non-invasive prenatal testing, you no longer have to weigh the risks between an invasive procedure and knowing more about your baby’s health.
PRENATAL BLOOD CLOTTING
Find out before delivery whether you may be at risk for a blood clotting disorder. Testing can show variations in Factor II, Factor V and MTHFR genes, which affect your blood clotting risk. Problems with blood clotting are one of the leading causes of pregnancy loss and complications.