According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), all pregnant women are recommended to prefer at least first-trimester screening. Apart from this, genetic testing can help those couples who have a family history of certain diseases or a higher risk of carrying a baby with a birth defect. So, women, regardless of age or risk level, are recommended to choose first-trimester screening.
72Furthermore, counseling on prenatal testing is also available. After the counseling, patients can also decline the genetic testing for any reason.
Your decision of choosing any particular prenatal testing includes several factors, including potential risk of having a baby with a genetic abnormality. A family member who has any genetic abnormality can also play a role in the decision to have genetic testing.
Note that, some birth defects occur through spontaneous mutation of DNA, means you and your partner may have no family history of genetic disorders and still have a baby with a specific health condition.
Financial resources or support of your network of family or friends should also be considered if you have a baby with a genetic disorder.
Some people want to know in advance what care their baby will need. They wish to have as much information as possible before the baby is born. If you get to know that your baby is affected by genetic abnormalities, you can get in touch with support groups or begin finding professionals who specialize in the particular prenatal DNA testing.