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Genetic Testing During Pregnancy

Posted at 2:46 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 14:46:49-04

The current pandemic has upended so many aspects of everyday life, but for people considering pregnancy or already pregnant, those changes can feel even more overwhelming.

With medical appointments delayed or moved to telemedicine sessions, many women may feel more uncertainty about their healthcare. Make sure you're prepared with these tips.

Gather information from relatives to learn about your family’s health history.

If you’re not already doing so, start tracking your monthly cycles to see how regular they are and consider taking an ovulation test or fertility test if they’ve been irregular.

If you’ve moved or seen different physicians in the last 5 years, contact their offices to obtain your medical records. If not, make a list of any health events or significant medical activities. It’s also a good way to be sure you’re up to date on vaccines.

Parents may have genetic conditions that can be passed onto unborn children. Leading health organizations recommend carrier screening be offered to all women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. Tests kits are available online and can be done right at home.

Learn more here.