Many of us spend months planning a wedding (me🙋🏻♀️) but when it comes to starting a family, most couples have not heard of pre-pregnancy genetic testing. @joojoopresh and all future moms, this one’s for you. :)
If you are planning on getting pregnant in the near future, ask your doctor for Genetic Testing. The Family Prep Screen is an affordable DNA test and is covered by most major health insurers. It can assess a couples’ DNA for heritable diseases with 99.9% accuracy.
Children inherit identifiable characteristics from their parents: eye color, nose shape, hair texture, and countless others. They can also inherit genetic diseases, even if neither parent appears to have symptoms. Many genetic diseases are hidden in our genetic code.
When a person tests positive for the genes of a particular disease but does not actually have the disease, that person is said to be a carrier. If two carriers of the same disease have a child together, that child has a 25% chance of developing the disease.
Family Prep Screen Test can help parents and future parents detect whether they are carriers of genetic diseases before they get pregnant so that they can better plan for the future of their family.
Your doctor will take only a small blood sample from you and your partner and send the samples to the lab. In less than 2 weeks, you will receive both of your results in a single report.
If you and your partner discover through genetic testing that you are both carriers for the same genetic disease before pregnancy or early into pregnancy, then you may wish to consult with your doctor to discuss your options and make the right decisions for your family.
Some couples can minimize their risk of passing on harmful genes by working with a fertility specialist. With in-vitro fertilization, you may use a preimplantation genetic diagnosis. This is a technique in which a specialist grows several embryos in the lab and then implants the one(s) with the healthiest genes in your womb.
Don’t forget to get tested!
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