Who Needs Prenatal Genetic Testing?
Whether you are thinking of starting a family or are currently pregnant, you or your doctor may have questions about the health of your baby. Your doctor may refer you for prenatal genetic testing if you:
Goals of Maternal Fetal Testing
- Are at advanced maternal age (35 or older)
- Had a screening test showing you need further genetic testing
- Have a child or relative with a genetic condition
- Have a family history of genetic defects or inherited diseases
- Experienced recurrent pregnancy loss or miscarriage
- Have an underlying condition such as an autoimmune disease or diabetes
- Require use of certain medications during pregnancy
If prenatal genetic testing finds a genetic disorder or inherited condition, learning about it can help you feel prepared and informed. Your genetic counselor can offer:
- Decision-making guidance
- Educational resources
- Support groups or circles
Nuvance Health genetic counselors support and reassure you and your partner as you learn about your testing options.
Learn more about Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists or our Maternity Services.
What to Expect During Prenatal Testing
We often perform testing at the time of your appointment with either a blood or saliva sample. Diagnostic testing such as amniocentesis is also available. Depending on the test, you’ll receive results in a few days to three weeks.
Prenatal genetic testing screens for these common conditions:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Tay-Sachs disease
- Fragile X syndrome
- Sickle cell disease
We understand that genetic testing affects not only the patient but family members as well. Your genetic counselor will explain your results. They help you and your partner, as well as other family members, manage any related emotional concerns.
Learn more about our Women’s Health services.