Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone got genetic testing done before they started having kids? If so, where did you go, to a regular ob/gyn or a specific lab?
The boy and I are not planning on having kids any time soon, but I would like to get genetic testing done before we get married to see if there are any potential problems. Would a doctor even permit us to be tested?
Post # 3
I did not have genetic testing done before but rather when I was pregnant with my daughter, everything came back normal and she was fine 🙂
Post # 4
My OB said that insurance doesn’t pay for it until I was already pregnant, so I waited. I did the testing through my OB.
Post # 5
I’m going to have the Tay Sachs and other Ashekenazi tests done, but like @colors, I need to see if my insurance will cover it before I”m pregnant. If they don’t cover it. it’s a couple of thousand dollars I think…Darling Husband and I will discuss if we still want to get it done beforehand anyway, just to know.
Post # 6
Do you mean like bloodwork -for you- to see if your future baby might be predisposed to any health risks based on race/ethnicity, etc?
If so, when I went in for a preconception visit I asked my OB/GYN to run the test. Basically she wrote me a scrip to go to a lab to get my blood drawn for the test. It sounded to me like it was routine because she did not put up a big fuss about it.
But, perhaps it also had to do with the fact that I have a history of Thalassemia in my family. So I wanted to make sure I was not a carrier -which I’m not. But if I was I would have my husband go get tested for it because it only creates a problem in the child if both parents are carriers.
Post # 7
We did genetic counseling and worked out the probabilities. Turned out we didn’t really need to do testing on us because the risks of one particular genetic disease were low.