This sis not a topic that a lot of people really tend to think about when they first get married or decide that they want to have a child. Almost all pregnant women will be asked if they want to undergo genetic testing after they have found out they are pregnant. What many want to know if whether or not it would help to avoid additional problems if genetic testing is done before the baby is conceived?
One thing that should be point out is that genetic testing does not find or locate all possible problems. Even if you have the genetic testing done and nothing is found this does not mean that you are guaranteed not to have any problems during or after pregnancy. A lot of people who choose to undergoes genetic testing do so because they are unsure of their families medical history. Maybe they never knew their biological parents or perhaps they just want to be sure that their parents told them everything. Regardless of why you want t get genetics tests it really is up to you when you have the tests done.
First of all you should sit down and speak to your doctor about this. They will probably tell you that there are several stages of testing that you will go through. The first is the screening tests. This is where they take sever samples of blood and study it for certain signs that could possibly point to some type of birth defect. In addition to taking blood they will also give you and ultrasound and a few additional screening tests. After the screening tests are complete they will usually sit down and discuss them with you. At this time they will tell you whether or not you should then go for some diagnostic tests. They will usually only recommend this type of testing if they found some type of problem during your screening tests. Once you are pregnant there are also additional tests that they can run in order to determine if there is anything wrong with the baby. Deciding whether or not to get some of these tests done before you conceive is really a personal decision. Even though it is not a guarantee that your baby will be one hundred percent healthy, many women find that it gives them peace of mind to have some of the testing done ahead of time. Some even suggest that their husband undergoes some type of genetic testing in order to determine if he is a carrier of any type of disorder such as sickle cell. In this case both the mother and the father have to be carriers in order to pass it on to their baby. The bottom line is that there is definitely no harm in doing so, and if it will give you peace of mind than perhaps you should first discuss it with your doctor.