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SCREENING FOR CARRIER STATUS BEFORE GETTING PREGNANT

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SCREENING FOR CARRIER STATUS BEFORE GETTING PREGNANT

 

SCREENING FOR CARRIER STATUS BEFORE GETTING PREGNANT

Screening for carrier status before getting pregnant is very important. One of the most important things to do before getting pregnant is for both partners to screen themselves to check if they carry genes that could harm or increase the risk of health problem in their baby. This screening is done through a blood test.
 

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Screening for carrier status is primarily checking if both or any partners carry gene mutations that can potentially have dangerous effects on their baby. This screening is so important that if left unchecked, if there’s conception with someone with a potentially risk gene condition. For instance, then every child they conceive, will have a 1 in 4 chances of being born with the condition.
 
There are 3 various methods or options available and they include;
a)   There’s screening for a wide range of common and inherited conditions
b)  There’s a single panel screen that screens people of any of the three (3) important conditions namely; cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and fragile X syndrome.
c)   There’s a 3 panel screen that screens for the above mentioned conditions which may include dementia.
 
This screening is important for people known to be at high risk of certain health conditions. The counselors usually looks at the family background and history.
 
Before you get pregnant, it is very important to talk to your doctor or health practitioner about your family history.
 
Though this screening is usually recommended by your obstetrician or fertility expert, its important to know that these screenings may not detect every health condition and won’t guarantee you will have an entirely healthy baby.
 

 

If the test turns out positive, it is fully up to you to decide whether to have the baby or not because it does not mean your baby would be affected. There have been many cases of partners with genetic problems that went ahead to have healthy children.