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Fetal Genetic Testing

Overview

Fetal Genetic Testing is a specific prenatal testing that focuses on the fetus rather than the mother. Often, prenatal and fetal genetic testing overlap, but more specific tests like DNA testing of the fetus can determine genetic abnormalities or mutations. 

This is what happens during fetal genetic testing

  • There are different options for fetal genetic testing. One of them is a procedure called ​​Amniocentesis which is a more invasive but is a more effective method of DNA testing for the fetus. 
  • A multiple marker test is another blood test that can be part of fetal genetic testing. In this test we check for specific signs that increase the chance of the fetus developing Down syndrome, birth defects, or if you have more than one baby growing (twins or more). While it is sometimes referred to as a “test” it is not a diagnostic procedure and is best used as part of the screening process. 

Here is how you can prepare for fetal genetic testing

  • Before deciding on performing fetal genetic testing, you and your doctor might consider a carrier screening or prenatal screening to see if the unborn fetus is at risk or has a high chance of genetic abnormalities. In most types of genetic testing, you can return to your daily activities quickly, although your NYC Ob/Gyn at Viva Eve might suggest you rest for a day or so to fully recover from more invasive procedures like ​​amniocentesis.

Here is what you can expect during fetal genetic testing

In ​​amniocentesis, your doctor will begin with an ultrasound to locate the fetus. Once your doctor has determined the fetus is doing well, they will insert the needle into the womb, careful to not insert the needle too close to the fetus. A diagnostic test like this does not take much time and doesn’t require a long recovery period. You can rest at home for a day or so after the procedure if you feel tired or if your doctor recommends it. 

With less invasive screenings, like a multiple marker test, you should require little to no preparation or recovery as it will be very similar to other basic screening procedures. 

What are some outcomes that can come from fetal genetic testing

  • In Fetal Genetic testing you can get a better idea if your fetus has genetic defects. While procedures like carrier screenings or prenatal screenings can assist our NYC Ob/Gyn specialists in anticipating potential defects, fetal genetic testing is the most sure way to receive a more comprehensive diagnosis.

What conditions can be found in the service

While fetal genetic testing can’t determine all genetic defects it can be helpful in diagnosing Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, heart defects, or other genetic defects.  

Viva Eve expert NYC Ob/Gyns work with the best fetal maternal specialists in New York City and will provide a referral and support if you would like to schedule a consultation. Our highly trained specialists are experts in minimally invasive fetal therapeutic procedures and more in-depth fetal genetic testing.