increased age of the mother is the most
common reason for genetic counseling,
there are other reasons such screening
is done. Genetic counseling is available
to potential parents who may have a genetic
disorder in their family, who might be
ethnically predisposed to certain genetic
disorders, or who may have other factors,
such as exposures to chemicals in the
workplace or the need to be on certain
medications that may suggest an increased
risk to a developing baby. A complete
family medical history will be evaluated
as part of the genetic counseling process.
In some cases, genetic testing may be
available to further determine possible
risks prior to pregnancy.
If you have had previous difficulties,
including if you have already given birth
to a child with a genetic disorder or
birth defect, or if you have a history
of two or more unexplained miscarriages
or stillbirths, you may wish to consider
genetic counseling. If you will be 35
or over, genetic counseling is recommended
to discuss the age-related risks and the
screening and diagnostic tests that are
available to you. Remember, even though
some risks increase after age 35, most
women are able to deliver healthy babies.
Genetic counseling prior to pregnancy
helps you to better understand the risks,
learn if there is anything that may reduce
the potential risks, and learn about the
tests that are available during pregnancy
to give you more information.
If you’re already pregnant, there
are a number of different tests available
to help determine if your baby may be
at a higher risk for certain problems.
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