Genetic counseling is the interaction between you and a professional healthcare professional provider who has knowledge about genetics and is a specialist in that field. A good genetic counselor studies the condition in the family for any kind of symptoms of genetic disorder and also estimates the possibility of your relative having the same disorder.
It is a process of understanding the genetic contribution of the disease and ways to minimize the risks to the affected individual. It is especially helpful if you are going to have a baby soon and don’t know about how changes in a gene can affect your child, in that case talking with a professional in this field is really informative and you get to understand the issues that might occur.
You must visit a genetic specialist if you have a family history of any of the following :
Although you might not have the symptoms or other issues with your health if you have any of those issues mentioned above there are chances that your child might have the risk of developing some kind of genetic disorder during pregnancy or after birth. In these cases, a counselor can guide you on how to prepare for the Prenatal test and ways you can avoid or minimize the effect of genetic disorders on your child.