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Thinking of having kids? Take advantage of genetic testing

| January 31, 2017

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Genetic testing is often looked upon with suspicion by parents-to-be. However, this stigma often shields parents from being able to benefit from the information that genetic testing provides.

When many think of the types of genetic tests completed during a pregnancy, they think about highly invasive procedures such as an amniocentesis. However, there are less invasive and noninvasive prenatal DNA tests available to interested parents.

Because some chromosomal abnormalities are hereditary, it is highly important for couples with a family history of genetic abnormalities to have a prenatal DNA test. Women who are 35 years and older are also at a heightened risk for having a child with chromosomal abnormalities simply because as we age our genes are more likely to mutate. Although at-risk pregnancies are more likely to be recommended for prenatal DNA testing, all pregnancies can benefit from testing.

Genetic testing empowers parents to be the best and most informed parents they can be…By knowing in advance about any additional needs a child may have, parents can create a safer and more loving home for their child.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Why DNA Testing Makes You a Better Parent

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