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Genetic testing during pregnancy

Genetic testing when done at the time of pregnancy will result in prevention of many inherited diseases. It will help in deciding about conception and pregnancy if a certain couple has inherited disease carriers.
Pregnancy is every mother’s dream. A birth to a new life need to be healthy and happy. Parents have the obligation to make the life of the baby better. Many times the symptoms of the disease lie in the genetic code and is carried to offspring’s. Genetic testing is a method of series of blood tests to decide if the couple has any genetic factors which might lead to disorders. Family tree regarding health issues need to be observed to determine the pregnancy results. This will help the parents prepare themselves for the outcomes.  Due to alterations in the genetic code few diseases are caused which affect the human system.
The different types of genetic testing are;

  • Preconception or Carrier Testing To find out if a person is a carrier of gene alteration or any genetic disorder known as Autosomal Recessive Disorder preconception is performed.
  • prenatal TestingUnder certain conditions prenatal testing is performed.
  • The possibility of the baby with chromosomal abnormality or birth defects is likely if the mother is above 35 years.
  • Presence of Duchenne, a muscular dystrophy or sickle cell anemia in the family history.
  • If The Presence of any screen disorders like Spina bifida or Down syndrome is observed, prenatal testing is suggested.
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