Reasons for Prenatal Testing
- Increased age (35 or older)
- Previous birth of a premature baby
- Previous birth of a baby with a birth defect
- A serious medical problem, such as high blood pressure , diabetes , lupus , moderate to severe asthma , or a seizure disorder
- Ethnic background in which genetic disorders are common (in the mother or the father)
- Family history of intellectual disability (in the mother or the father)
- Allow for possible medical interventions that may be needed
- Begin planning for a child with special needs
- Identify support groups and resources
- Make a decision about whether to continue the pregnancy
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American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin: invasive prenatal testing for aneuploidy. ACOG . December 2007; No. 88.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin: screening for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. ACOG . January 2007; No. 77.
Chorionic villus sampling: CVS. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prenataltesting/cvs.html . Updated April 2006. Accessed October 2, 2012.
Pregnancy testing. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated June 9, 2010. Accessed October 2, 2012.
Prenatal tests. Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/medical/prenatal%5Ftests.html . Updated January 2012. Accessed October 2, 2012.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/20/2015 -
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