Are you pregnant and considering, or undecided, about having prenatal chromosomal testing done? Here’s some thoughtful advice that may help in your decision making.
1. What is the advantage of prenatal testing?
Early detection of Down's Syndrome is the primary advantage of prenatal testing, as it is the most common chromosomal abnormality among live births.
2. What factors increase my risks for chromosomal abnormalities?
Certain family history/medical history of chromosomal abnormalities, and advance maternal age, may put a patient at a higher risk for a chromosomal abnormalities. Nonetheless, all pregnant women, despite a known family/medical history of chromosomal abnormalities, or advanced maternal age, should be offered chromosomal aneuploidy screening before 20 weeks gestation.