Is Prenatal DNA Testing right for you?

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Prenatal DNA Paternity TestingIt can be scary not knowing who the father is of your unborn child.  Mothers want what is best for their child.  Mothers often want to solve the baby’s paternity as early as possible.  They want to get a plan and order and think things through.  It may also seem crucial to secure the rights of the child before they are born, but there are downfalls in proceeding with prenatal DNA tests.

Amniocentesis is probably the most well known procedure for DNA testing while pregnant.  The procedure for amniocentesis consists of a doctor drawing out amniotic fluid by puncturing the abdomen with a long needle.  The doctor has to use an ultrasound to guide him to puncture in the correct place.

Consequences of amniocentesis may include but are not limited to miscarriage, vaginal bleeding, brain damage to the baby, along with other abnormalities to the baby.

Another procedure that can be used for prenatal paternity testing is chorionic villus sampling also known as CVS.  CVS can be carried out early in the pregnancy.  A doctor must collect a sample of chorionic villi which are tiny growths found inside the placenta.  Again there are many risks with CVS including miscarriage.

At Test Me DNA we encourage mothers to wait for DNA paternity testing.  The risks outweigh finding out the paternity a few months earlier.  Putting your baby’s life at risk is not worth finding out who the father is.

If you have any questions or would like to set up post pregnancy DNA testing, please call and talk to our DNA specialists at 800-535-5198


About the Author:

Patricia Carr, FNP began her career in 1989 after completing her Registered Nurse degree. She later went on to graduate in 2001 with a degree in Advanced Practice Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner. She is affiliated with multiple medical facilities including HSHS Greenville Regional Hospital, SSM Health St. Mary's / Good Samaritan Hospitals while regularly collaborating with other doctors and laboratories. Patricia is a founding member of Test Me DNA and currently sits on the board of directors which has overseen more than 50,000 DNA tests.
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