Genetic testing is more common than ever—but it’s a good idea to discuss it thoroughly with your healthcare provider so you understand all the pros and cons. Read more about week 12.
You will probably have a discussion of genetic screening with your OB/GYN or midwife soon. Various options exist, and the purpose of all of them is to identify certain abnormalities, such as chromosomal problems or issues with formation of the spinal cord, that may affect the health of your developing baby. These tests can come in the form of a blood test, an ultrasound, a combination of both, or a sampling of the placenta or amniotic fluid. Each test has its risks and benefits, which can be discussed in detail with your provider or genetic counselor.
Read more about week 12.