Genetic Pregnancy Screening in NJ

NJ Perinatal Associates gives its patients the opportunity to take part in genetic testing during the early stages of pregnancy. This gives potential parents the option of finding out if the fetus has any genetic complications. The first trimester test is usually done between the 10th and 13th week of pregnancy. The tests evaluate the different substances in a mother’s blood that are usually linked to genetic disorders. Tests can also be done in the second trimester as well.

The odds of the child having a genetic disorder come from a variety of sources. The genetic screening test is viewed along with a myriad of other factors. Family genetic history and the mother’s age is even put into account when calculating these odds. 1 out of every 33 children is born with some kind of birth defect so it is more common than many parents think. Testing for conditions like Down’s Syndrome or sickle cell anemia can be important in how the rest of the pregnancy is approached. Certain conditions can force an expectant mother to modify diet or activity levels.

It is important to note that genetic screening is not the same thing as genetic testing. Screening calculates the odds of a child being born with an abnormality. Genetic testing can actually allow the doctors to see chromosomal abnormalities and the conditions associated with these abnormalities.

Pregnancy and parenting are about being as prepared as possible. NJ Perinatal Associates allows parents to get as much information about their child to be as possible. Planning for a child can be one of the most wonderful times in a young parent’s life. Preparing for a child that might have a genetic abnormality can be quite different. Allow yourself to be the best parent possible for your child by informing yourself via genetic screening.

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