Prenatal chromosomal screening is a safe and a simple screening test you can take as a pregnant mother. These screening tests can ensure that your pregnancy is safe and also assess the probable risk of any chromosomal conditions of your baby in the womb.
The objective of prenatal screening is to screen health problems that could affect the pregnant mother and the baby inside the womb. It allows the gynaecologist and the expectant parent to get enough information and have a fully informed decision about pregnancy continuation and management. Prenatal Screening is recommended for all pregnant women.
Prenatal screening tests are useful in the following ways:
Prenatal Screening test is usually recommended for pregnant women from the first trimester of pregnancy to check the baby’s normal growth and development.
Usually, humans have 46 chromosomes arranged in 23 pairs; each pair comprises of one chromosome from the mother and one from the father. Changes in the chromosome number or structure may cause chromosomal conditions in babies.
General Chromosomal Abnormalities:
All Pregnant women who undergo diagnostic testing should undergo Prenatal genetic counselling. BabyShield offers medical guidance and support to mothers through trained counsellors or through your gynaecologists. If the screening test results are positive, it is essential to let the expectant mother know the following:
Positive screening does not mean that the baby is affected by a chromosomal condition. There are chances of false positives too so it is better to confirm through next level diagnostic tests
The detection of chromosomal condition is further investigated using the parents’ chromosomes previous pregnancies and family history before making a firm diagnosis
The pregnant mother has the option of continuing or terminating the pregnancy. If the mother chooses to continue, a foetal echocardiogram with routine obstetrical care are provided
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