What Difference Can Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Make?
For the longest time, pregnant women concerned with the genetic health of their babies had few options for testing available to them. The only tests that were available posed significant risk to mother and child alike. There is a new form of noninvasive prenatal screening that is changing that for everyone. The more you know about NIPT (noninvasive prenatal testing) the more appealing it might become for your situation.
Perhaps this one word sums up the biggest advantage of NIPT screenings for expecting mothers. This test doesn’t involve any risk to the unborn child at all. It is a simple test in which blood is withdrawn from the mother and then tested for certain genetic markers. Other tests, can prove far riskier to both parties while the NIPT may eliminate the need for those riskier genetic testing methods making it a far more attractive decision for parents and physicians.
Unlike the amniocentesis, which must be completed between weeks 15 and 20 or may be conducted much later in the pregnancy in some situations, the NIPT test can be conducted any time after week 10. That means you can test earlier than you would be able to test with an amniocentesis – allowing you time to get the results (which typically arrive within five business days of the screening) and then decide if further testing is warranted or necessary.
May Be Used with Twins
While many prenatal blood screenings are less reliable with twins and multiple births and amniocentesis poses a greater risk factor for twin pregnancies, NIPT is perfectly safe and extremely reliable for women who are expecting twins. This makes it a more attractive choice for many expecting mothers.
Ease of Worry
Of course, the reason expecting parents consider NIPT screening is to remove the worry of genetic or chromosomal defects or abnormalities from your mind. That is the goal of every mother considering the NIPT genetic test and other forms of genetic screening. The fact that this one poses few risks to the baby is one less thing for expecting mothers to fear and, if the results are favourable, it removes the fear of quite a few illnesses and genetic conditions from the table as well.
When you elect to have the NIPT testing done, you will have access to a genetic counselor who will go over your results with you to explain the results, discuss your options, answer your questions, and arrange for follow-up information and support if it becomes necessary.
You have plenty to worry about when you’re responsible for bringing a new life into the world. It’s a weighty responsibility that can be as terrifying as it is exciting. Noninvasive prenatal testing is one tool you have at your disposal to remove some of that worry. Plus, there is the added benefit that you can choose to use noninvasive prenatal screening to look for microdeletions that aren’t typically included in prenatal screenings – making it an even more attractive choice for any parents that may have these types of concerns.