Knowledge is power, especially during pregnancy. A simple blood test can give you and your doctors valuable insight into your baby’s genetic health and more.
As an expecting parent, you want to learn as much as you can about your bundle of joy, and your doctor will want to know even more to ensure that your pregnancy runs smoothly and your baby is born healthy and happy. One way to provide your doctor with some of this important information is through Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing NIPT or Non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS).
NIPT is a prenatal screening, which looks at DNA from your baby's placenta via a sample of your blood to determine if your baby is at risk of developing a genetic disorder. NIPT screening does not, however, determine 100% that a baby has a genetic disorder - instead it offers data on the likelihood of the baby having a genetic disorder. Based on the findings in an NIPT screening, further testing may be recommended by your doctor.
The NIPT screens for the following common genetic disorders along with your baby’s RH Blood type, and gender:
● Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome)
● Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome)
● Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome)
Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder associated with mild to moderate intellectual disability.
It includes birth defects, learning problems, and characteristic appearance. It is known as Trisomy 21 and affects about 1 in 800 babies. Adults with Down syndrome may live about 60 years.
Trisomy 18 and trisomy 13 are two different chromosome disorders associated with severe
intellectual disability and medical problems in many parts of the body. For either condition, survival
beyond the first year of life is uncommon.
NIPT screening is completed as a simple blood test anytime after you’ve reached the 9 week mark in your pregnancy. The NIPT screening itself is non-invasive and completely safe for you and your baby, it’s as routine as getting regular blood work done. However, if the results from the NIPT/NIPS screening do flag potential probability of a genetic disorder, more invasive testing such as an amniocentesis or chronic villus sampling (CVS). These tests do carry the potential risk of miscarriage since they are more invasive.
Is NIPT screening mandatory?
NIPT screening used to only be required for all high-risk pregnancies. Today, NIPT screening is highly recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for all pregnancies. However, just because it’s recommended does not mean it is required.
The NIPT screening is ultimately up to you, and you should receive guidance and counsel from your doctor’s office around the test itself and the information that’s shared with you once it’s completed.
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Since the test is a simple blood test, there’s not much you need to do to prepare for it. It is not a fasting blood test, so you will be able to take the test at your convenience as long as it’s after your 9 week mark.
Aside from the logistical aspect of the NIPT, you should also think about the potential results, how you plan on adjusting with them, and how they may alter your birth and parenting plan. If your results aren’t what you were initially planning for, it’s important to mentally and emotionally prepare yourself and anyone else on your pregnancy journey.