Apart from visiting the OB/GYN and taking a prenatal paternity test and a whole host of DNA tests, pregnancy also involves extensive self-care. One of the biggest challenges in this department is nutrition, for pregnancy is a time when you need to be extra careful about what you eat. Everything you put into your body has the potential to affect your developing baby. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need from a variety of healthy sources. One way to do this is by incorporating superfoods into your diet. Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that offer a host of health benefits. Here are some of the best ones to eat during pregnancy.Read More
A non-invasive prenatal paternity test is a standard procedure for many expectant couples. In this process, a blood sample is drawn from the pregnant woman that contains cell-free fetal DNA, that is, the DNA sample of the unborn child. Similarly, a buccal swab is taken from the potential father, containing his DNA. The two samples are compared to establish paternity until 99.99 percent accuracy is achieved. However, if you are one of these mothers-to-be, you may have a few more questions regarding a prenatal paternity test. This article will provide answers to some common questions related to this type of testing.Read More
There are many staples attached to pregnancy, such as visiting an OB/GYN, getting DNA tests to check for the unborn child’s health, and more. In some cases, a prenatal paternity test might also be warranted. Another unpleasant and rather unavoidable aspect is morning sickness, leading to feelings of nausea and sensitivity to certain food and smells. It is a part and parcel of pregnancy. However, it might not be that simple in every case. Perhaps your nausea might be pointing toward a much more severe condition, such as Hyperemesis Gravidarum.Read More
Pregnancy is a seemingly natural and simple process at the outset. However, it has its own set of complications involved. From the health of the child to that of the mother, there are many variables to consider. Moreover, in some cases, the paternity of the child might be uncertain, warranting a prenatal paternity test. Pertaining to the topic of paternity, it was seen how the test can be done without the father in the previous blog, also answering the question - can twins have two different fathers? The latter will be explored in further detail in this blog.Read More
Pregnancy can be a joyous occasion for most expectant couples. However, in some situations, the paternity of the unborn child might be undetermined. This is where a prenatal paternity test comes into the picture. It is a simple process wherein the blood sample of the pregnant mother, containing the DNA of the unborn child is compared with the cheek swab of the potential father. The cheek swab also contains the DNA sample of the prospective father, which is compared to the sample of the child to establish paternity. This process is highly accurate, wherein the paternity can be established with almost 99 percent certainty.Read More
The role of genetics in relation to some conditions is well known. In some families, certain conditions are passed down through the generations, making pregnancies a concerning affair. When conditions like down syndrome are added to the mix, pregnancy becomes even more complicated. Hence, many couples undertake DNA tests while they are pregnant to screen for such conditions, as well as ascertain the gender and paternity of the unborn child. However, conditions like obesity and alcoholism are not solely determined by genetics. To better understand these phenomena, one has to delve into epigenetics.Read More
Pregnancy complications are always a concern for expecting couples. Hence, they opt for a non-invasive prenatal test to put their minds at ease. Moreover, with prenatal genetic testing costs seeing a steady decline, it is quite convenient to get the procedure done. However, it isn’t enough as a diagnostic tool. The expertise of a trusted OB/GYN is required to deal with other pregnancy-related complications, one being gestational diabetes.Read More
Pregnancy comes with its own set of complications and responsibilities. This is why would-be mothers opt for a DNA test while they are pregnant, apart from scheduled visits to the OB/GYN. However, there are other specific conditions that might plague pregnant women, such as preeclampsia. The definition of this condition, its risks, underlying causes, and possible treatments will be examined down below.Read More
Pregnancy-related complications can be numerous, ranging from genetic defects to hereditary conditions. To analyze this beforehand, expectant couples opt for a DNA test while they are pregnant. Speaking of hereditary conditions, there are a number of diseases that can be inherited and passed down from parents to their children. 4 such conditions will be examined below.Read More
During pregnancy, an expectant couple goes for a myriad of tests and procedures. Apart from consulting the OB/GYN, they might also opt for a prenatal test. These low-cost prenatal genetic tests are a perfect way to determine paternity as well as the gender of the unborn child. Moreover, aside from the tests and doctor’s visits, it is also essential to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen during pregnancy. However, not all forms of exercise are safe at this time, especially during the third trimester. Hence, here are 3 exercises you can follow safely at this time.Read More
Pregnancy is not just a time of celebration, but it is also a time to educate and prepare oneself for all circumstances. One such way to prepare for the future is by taking a prenatal DNA test while you are pregnant to learn about the gender of the unborn child and screen for any possible genetic defects. Another aspect of preparation is visiting your OB/GYN regularly and learning all about the different changes happening in your body. You will also likely learn the importance of the placenta, a specialized organ that develops during pregnancy. If you are unaware of the role of the placenta, then this blog will help clear it up.Read More
Prenatal DNA testing has become quite prominent in recent years. Furthermore, with a reduction in the cost of prenatal genetic testing, the procedure is even more accessible to expectant couples. Apart from screening for genetic defects and identifying gender, it can also help determine the paternity of the child. With a blood sample from the mother and a cheek swab from the potential father, it’s simple to ascertain the unborn child’s paternity. However, there are some cases where the results might turn out inconclusive or incorrect, primarily due to a form of contamination while taking the test. 3 such cases will be discussed below.Read More
During pregnancies, most parents have the options to screen for serious conditions such as Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 21. While the conventional methods to diagnose these conditions were invasive, non-invasive methods, such as low-cost prenatal genetic testing, have emerged as a convenient alternative. Thus, all 3 conditions can be screened at an early stage. However, when it comes to Trisomy 18, also known as Edward’s Syndrome, there are 3 variations to the condition that can’t be identified via initial screening. These 3 conditions and their implication for the child will be discussed below.Read More
DNA testing has seen a boom in the last couple of decades. Moreover, with a drop in prices of prenatal genetic testing services, most expectant parents opt for it apart from regular OB/GYN check-ups. Known for their extreme accuracy, these tests are also used in legal matters. Many courts in North America admit the use of a few DNA tests to solve family and child custody disputes. Here are the 4 most well-known tests that are admissible in court.Read More
Non-invasive prenatal testing has revolutionized the medical field, making pregnancies more manageable for expecting couples. Furthermore, with the cost of prenatal genetic testing also becoming quite nominal, more and more pregnant women are keen to take it. However, it must be understood that this additional information derived from the test can make the pregnancy more stressful. Thus, if you are pregnant and are looking to get the test done, make sure you ask yourself these 3 fundamental questions.Read More
Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that is caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21. This condition leads to intellectual disability and developmental delays. It is the most common chromosomal disorder, occurring in about 1 in every 1000 births globally.Read More
Non-invasive prenatal testing can reveal a lot, from the baby’s gender to the biological father’s identity. As this type of DNA tesing proves to be the safest and most accurate, we will look into the pros and cons to help you decide whether it is right for you.Read More
With the advent of non-invasive prenatal testing, it’s now the norm to see expectant parents opting for a DNA test on their unborn child. This test can not only let them know about potential genetic disorders but also informs them of the child’s gender. In a previous blog, the correlation between gender and genetic conditions in male children was examined. Now, it’s time to look at some debilitating conditions that primarily affect female children.Read More
DNA tests while pregnant are becoming increasingly popular, as they offer expectant parents the chance to find out about their baby's health and development. DNA tests are typically performed during the first or second trimester of pregnancy and involve collecting a sample of the placenta or fetus's DNA. This DNA is then analyzed for any genetic abnormalities or diseases.
There is no evidence to suggest that DNA testing during pregnancy is unsafe for either the mother or the baby, especially if you are opting for non-invasive prenatal tests. However, it is important to weigh up the risks and benefits before deciding whether or not to have one. These risks, if any, should be discussed with a qualified medical professional before deciding to go ahead with the test.Read More
During pregnancy, expectant parents undertake a lot of prenatal tests such as a blood test to determine gender, a test to check for genetic abnormalities or perhaps even a prenatal paternity test in some cases. The bottom line is that non-invasive prenatal tests have become the norm for most expectant couples. However, what many might not know, is that there is a strong correlation between the gender of the unborn child and the genetic disorders they might inherit. To support this correlation, here’s a look at the major genetic disorders that predominantly affect male children.Read More
DNA paternity testing is done to determine the biological connection between a father and a child. It is done using the DNA profiles of the concerned individuals. For its accuracy and ease, DNA paternity testing is considered one of the most advanced medical techniques in the world.
There are two main types of paternity tests: prenatal paternity tests and postnatal paternity tests. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. It is important to choose the right one for you according to the situation, urgency, and requirement. In this blog, learn in detail about prenatal and postnatal paternity tests and discover what suits you the best.Read More
A planned pregnancy, although ideal, can also be stressful. From finding the right OB/GYN to conducting DNA tests on the unborn child for any potential defects, it can be a tedious process for both partners. However, the mental distress of going through infertility is far more severe. In the previous blog, the correlation between infertility and depression was laid out. Now, it’s time to explore ways to handle this phase, especially as a non-carrying partner. Since all infertility treatments usually pertain to the carrying partner, the other person might feel lost, alienated and helpless. To mitigate this, here are 3 steps non-carrying partners can take to empower themselves and their partners.Read More
With a significant improvement in prenatal medical diagnostics, most expecting parents opt for a DNA test on their unborn child apart from the traditional visits to the OB/GYN. While technology like this has revolutionised the physical aspects of prenatal healthcare, the attention toward the mental aspect is still sorely lacking. Prenatal depression is an often ignored topic that plagues plenty of expectant mothers. However, another manner of depression, which is also not addressed, is one caused by infertility problems. Therefore, here’s a look at the impact of infertility on mental health and how the two are deeply correlated.
A pregnancy, although a joyous occasion, can also be equally stressful. Expectant parents, anxious to ensure the health and well-being of their unborn child, might undertake a lot of steps such as regularly consulting an OB/GYN, getting a DNA test during pregnancy and more. In spite of all these stressors and additional precautions, most expectant parents will sail through their pregnancy without any major hitches.Read More
Prevention is better than cure. You can never be too careful when it comes to the health of the mother and the baby during pregnancy. Expecting couples often rely on the non-invasive prenatal paternity test to determine chromosomal abnormalities like down syndrome as early as ten weeks into pregnancy.
The NIPT test is safe for the mother and the baby as it requires only a blood test to get accurate results. There are many tips on the internet regarding how to practise caution and be healthy during pregnancy. With too much information available it can be difficult to learn about the tips that work best for you.
Many expecting couples opt for a prenatal DNA test while they are pregnant for a variety of reasons. Either they are keen to determine the gender of the unborn child, check for any possible genetic defects such as Down Syndrome, or perhaps to even determine the paternity of the child. However, apart from such well-known genetic defects, some pregnancies also witness a rare phenomenon known as chimerism, which is defined as a trait where one person has 2 different sets of DNA. There might be telltale physical signs of chimerism such as different eye colors. Alternatively, there might be no outward signs. A phenomenon that has intrigued doctors for a long time, it is also important to know the causes of this condition to understand it better.Read More
Pregnancy is a stage that can create doubts and confusion for the expecting couple. Especially with all the misinformation and myths floating on the internet, it can be difficult to separate accurate information from false narratives.
In today's time, there are many tests and procedures available to safeguard the well-being of the mother and the unborn baby. A DNA test is among those widely relied upon by expectant mothers due to its many advantages.
One of the common questions expectant mothers might have is if it is safe to perform a DNA test on an unborn child?
Thanks to the advancement in medical science, pregnancy and labour have become free of complications. Expecting parents can rely on various processes for assessing the health of the fetus and the mother. Prenatal DNA testing is a common method relied on by doctors to ensure the healthy growth of the fetus. Since prenatal testing relies on the availability of DNA, the laboratory collects the fetal DNA from the mother’s blood. DNA from the potential father can be collected through a cheek swab or through blood. Saliva is generally not depended upon due to the availability of fewer DNA samples.Read More
Nowadays, getting a non-invasive prenatal test has become the norm among couples that are expecting. Sometimes, they may even opt for a prenatal paternity test for personal or legal reasons. However, the basic procedure for these types of tests remains the same, a blood sample is collected from the pregnant woman, as the expectant mother’s blood contains cell-free fetal DNA. The concentration of this DNA in the mother’s blood sample is known as fetal fraction, and it is determined in percentages. For a conclusive NIPT test, it needs to be at least 4 percent or more. However, apart from a few anomalies, the maternal age and the BMI of the expectant mother can also affect fetal fraction significantly. Here’s a look at a case study to better understand this phenomenon.Read More
Apart from regular visits to the obstetrician, getting an ultrasound and addressing other aspects of prenatal care, most expecting couples also undertake a non-invasive prenatal test. In case the paternity of the child is in question, it is a norm for couples to opt for a prenatal paternity test. Most are already aware of the basic process of a NIPT, where blood is drawn from the expectant mother that contains cell-free fetal DNA, which contains the DNA sample of the fetus not surrounded by a cell wall. However, it wouldn’t hurt to also know some scientific terminology behind the process, where these two words, blastocyst and trophoblast are often used. Here’s the definition and importance of these terms.Read More
During pregnancy, opting for a non-invasive prenatal test has become the norm. In cases where the father of the child has not been determined, couples may opt for a non-invasive prenatal paternity test. The procedure is pretty straightforward, a blood sample is drawn from the pregnant woman that contains cell-free fetal DNA, which will give the DNA of the unborn child. The DNA sample of the potential father is collected through a buccal swab, and the two samples are compared to determine paternity. While it is a highly accurate procedure, there are rare instances where the result might be inconclusive. Here are 3 factors that can lead to such a result.Read More
Invasive and non-invasive are the two methods of performing prenatal paternity tests. While invasive techniques are considered to be conventional, non-invasive methods are sophisticated and preferred by many in today's time owing to their many benefits.
Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling are common types of invasive prenatal testing. These methods require a probe or needle inserted into the uterus and involve an element of risk that can lead to miscarriage.
Non-invasive prenatal testing can be done with the help of a prenatal DNA testing kit. Prenatal Genetics Laboratory based in Concord, ON is one of the leading names in non-invasive prenatal DNA testing.
Voluntary pregnancy is a wonderful and joyous occasion for an expectant mother and father. With a new life on the way, the would-be parents will do anything to ensure the best future for the child. This includes conducting prenatal genetic testing, which is now quite affordable. Of course, in the midst of all this care, it is easy to get over-concerned and start believing in myths just because they are prevalent. However, these misconceptions do nothing but make the pregnancy stressful and complicated for the expectant parents. Thus, here are 3 such myths related to pregnancy which will be dispelled once and for all.Read More
While pregnancy can be a happy time for a couple, it can also be a cause for concern for the expectant parents. They might be worried about the health of the unborn child, or perhaps even the paternity of the child might be in question. To resolve the latter, many couples opt for a prenatal paternity test. As mentioned in previous blogs, these DNA tests are conducted during a pregnancy where labs use blood samples or cheek swabs from the parents to determine paternity. However, the exact rationale behind this test may not be clear to most people. Thus, here is an elaborate explanation of the prenatal paternity testing process.Read More
Prenatal paternity testing is a form of forensic DNA testing that is used to identify the biological parents of a child, which can be done in two ways. The first way is by extracting DNA from the pregnant woman’s blood, which is a non-invasive method. The second way is by extracting DNA from the fetus’ tissue which is typically invasive in nature and carries some risk of miscarriage. Due to the risky nature of the latter, most expectant parents opt for the former, wherein the potential father’s cheek swab is also taken to analyze his DNA with that of the unborn child. However, in spite of the safety of the procedure, the idea of a prenatal paternity test can be quite stressful for would-be parents for a variety of reasons. Three such reasons are discussed below.Read More
When a couple is expecting, there are many tests and procedures that they may undertake, which might even include a non-invasive prenatal paternity test. To elaborate more on the paternity test, it is common information that the blood of the expectant mother and a cheek swab from the potential father are required to conduct this procedure. Furthermore, it has also been established that the mother’s blood contains cell-free fetal DNA that can help a lab obtain the DNA of the unborn child. However, why take a swab from the potential father, and why the cheek in particular? If you have wondered about this, then here’s the answer.Read More
In the modern age, pregnancy comes with a lot of routine health procedures as well as comforts, thanks to advancements in medicine. From getting a general OB/GYN exam to even a prenatal paternity test in some cases, there are many choices that an expecting couple might opt for during this time. However, in terms of holistic approaches toward pregnancy, few are as effective as the Lamaze method. The actual method and its myriad health benefits will be discussed below.Read More
In the event of a pregnancy, there are many measures that expectant parents take such as visiting an OB/GYN, checking the health markers of the unborn child, determining the gender of the baby, and more. Under some circumstances, it might also be necessary to take a prenatal paternity test to confirm the identity of the biological father. While this decision can be nerve-wracking already, there are a few myths surrounding the procedure that add further stress on the would-be parents. Hence, it’s time to dispel these 4 myths.Read More
There are multiple parameters that need to be considered during pregnancy, such as the health of the mother and the unborn child, determining the baby’s gender, if interested, getting a prenatal paternity test, if required, and much more. To achieve this, expectant parents visit a qualified obstetrician, get a prenatal DNA testing kit and organize their finances. However, many would-be parents are unaware of the different stages of prenatal development, and this knowledge would likely aid them in taking better care of the unborn child. To elaborate further, here is a brief overview of the 3 trimesters during a normal pregnancy.Read More
During pregnancy, expectant parents might opt for a variety of non-invasive prenatal tests such as a prenatal paternity test or a test to determine the gender of an unborn child. While the NIPT procedure can tell the latter with utmost accuracy, there might be cases where the test results are inconclusive. One possible cause for this is sex chromosome aneuploidy or SCA, wherein the child has too many or too few sex chromosomes in some or all of the cells, creating patterns such as XO and XXY instead of the typical XX and XY patterns that are observed in females and males respectively. The two most common types of SCAs are Klinefelter Syndrome and Turner Syndrome.Read More
The discussion on the topic of mental health has become a lot more prevalent in recent years, with a major focus on depression. In terms of pregnancy and postnatal care, the topic of post-partum depression has also received a lot of attention. However, when it comes to a healthy discourse on mental health during the prenatal stage, there is a lot left to be desired. During pregnancy, every expectant parent is aware of following the basics such as regularly consulting the obstetrician, getting a prenatal DNA testing kit to determine the gender of the unborn child if they so desire, focusing on the right diet and more.Read More
With the steady increase in maternal age, genetic disorders in unborn children are also on the rise. Understandably, expectant parents are anxious to know about the health markers of their unborn so they can consider the best prenatal and postnatal care options for their child. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), is one of the best ways to know about such disorders and can be done as early as 10 weeks into the pregnancy. It is also well-known that these NIPT blood tests are successful in identifying Trisomy 13, 18, and 21 with extreme accuracy. But what exactly is a trisomy and what do these three trisomies mean in particular?Read More
While undergoing pregnancy is a cause for celebration for many, for some, it could also be stressful, as a lot of important decisions have to be made. One such scenario is determining the paternity of the unborn child, and it’s a very personal decision that only the expectant mothers and their partners can make. That being said, thanks to non-invasive prenatal paternity testing (NIPPT), determining the child’s paternity with extreme accuracy is easier than ever before. If you are in such a situation and are unsure about taking this test, then here are a few reasons why opting for the test could be a good idea.Read More
While pregnancy can be a happy occasion for a couple, it also brings a whole host of challenges. One of the primary concerns for expectant parents is to find the right obstetrician, and while it might be as easy as getting referrals from friends and family for some, it’s still a highly arduous task for others.Read More
During pregnancy, it's common for expectant parents to undergo a gender-determining blood test to know the sex of the unborn child. The best way to know this is to conduct a non-invasive prenatal test which can be done after just 10 weeks of pregnancy, where the presence or absence of the Y chromosome in the mother’s blood can conclusively tell the gender of the baby. However, there are situations where certain anomalies are present that can alter the test results. One such condition involves sex chromosome aneuploidy, which is known to affect 1 in 2000 unborn children.Read More
Pregnancy is often a joyous occasion, and expectant parents are eager to know if their child is healthy inside the womb. Some are also curious to know about the gender of the unborn child for it can help them prepare better for when the baby is born. To determine this, one can either go for a NIPT test to determine gender or a simple ultrasound. While these methods are highly accurate, no method is infallible.Read More
To predict any genetic disorders in an unborn child, non-invasive prenatal testing has been used extensively in the last few years. A safe and simple procedure, a NIPT blood test simply comprises drawing some blood from the pregnant mother, which also contains cell-free fetal DNA. But what are cell-free fetal DNA and fetal fraction, both commonly used terms in the medical community? Furthermore, how does it impact the accuracy of a NIPT test?Read More
DNA testing before birth is becoming a more and more popular option for pregnant individuals. It helps to show the probability that the unborn baby will inherit select health conditions from the mother or father. The results of one of these tests can also aid doctors in tailor fitting the expectant mother’s care, in order to better support the pregnancy’s healthy progression. It’s important to note that prenatal DNA testing is an optional pursuit and is not legally mandated, but an informed decision should go into whether or not to undergo it.Read More
At the 10-week mark of an individual’s pregnancy, certain screening and tests can take place for the unborn baby. One of the main reasons they’re performed during or after this point of the first trimester is to screen for select chromosomal conditions. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a method that allows this assessment to occur, and involves drawing a blood sample from the expectant mother to analyze DNA fragments that are present in their bloodstream. This genetic material is also known as cell-free DNA or cfDNA. A NIPT blood test can also inform you of the unborn baby’s sex, and the testing we offer in this area is now priced at a lower cost for your convenience.Read More
As modern technology is rapidly progressing, rampant growth has been seen in the field of medicine and healthcare. For example, non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPT) have become extremely popular in the last few years in lieu of the more invasive and risky procedures such as chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis. To understand this growth, 3 key global trends have to be considered. But before looking at them, it’s important to define what NIPT is.Read More
While most associate pregnancy with joy and celebration, it can also be a sensitive time for the mother and the unborn child. In some cases, it is not clear who the father of the child might be. To clarify this, a prenatal paternity test can be conducted to determine the paternity of the child. If you are in this situation, then you might want to know the procedure or steps involved to take this test.Read More
An individual’s DNA tells a great deal about who they are, as well as the characteristics of their development. By opting for a DNA test during one’s pregnancy, information of this sort that belongs to the unborn baby can be revealed. A key reason for expectant mothers to choose this type of DNA testing involves the health of their child and learning more about this area before the birth. This process takes the form of a blood test and acts as a screener for a range of health conditions, such as heart defects or cystic fibrosis. Along with other versions, a non-invasive prenatal paternity test on DNA is an option as well and will be the main topic of today’s blog.Read More
Pregnancy can be both a joyous occasion and a stressful time for expectant parents. It is important to get regular checkups with an obstetrician to see if both the mother and child are healthy and well. Some parents may also want to know the gender of the child in advance so they can decorate their nursery or choose a name accordingly. The non-invasive prenatal test or NIPT is the best method to determine the child’s gender and can be done as early as 10 weeks. This is done by conducting a simple gender-determining blood test. While it is accurate in predicting the baby’s gender, it also has a plethora of other benefits.Read More
As soon as you see the confirming result on your pregnancy test, or hear the news from your doctor, a guessing game may start as to whether your baby will be female or male. A lot of fun can be had when family and friends try to guess the gender of your baby based on different factors. While enjoyable, it might be strenuous to receive many of these guesses. Thus, a gender blood test and the safety and accuracy it offers is a reliable option to determine the sex of your unborn baby.Read More
While having a child is considered a joyous occasion, it is also an extremely sensitive time for the expectant mother and the unborn child. Moreover, in some cases, the identity of the child’s father might be uncertain, and the mother or other parties might be interested in knowing the biological father for either personal or legal reasons. Irrespective of the reason to determine paternity, prenatal paternity testing is conducted by many labs and doctors. This is commonly done using 3 methods. To help you make an informed choice, the pros and cons of these methods will be laid out below.Read More
During one’s pregnancy, prenatal DNA testing can be needed or desired for a number of reasons. For decades, people have relied on invasive techniques to conduct prenatal tests, but the discovery of fetal DNA being present in maternal blood made it possible to create a safe and non-invasive prenatal paternity test on blood. While choosing between invasive and non-invasive tests, it might be difficult knowing what to fully expect with each of these specific tests. Prenatal Genetics Laboratory lists some of the simple and straightforward benefits of the NIPT process.Read More
While a planned pregnancy is usually a cause for joy, it brings its own sets of concerns for the parents-to-be. To address these concerns and put them to rest, expectant parents often visit prenatal labs to learn about the health, gender, and paternity of the unborn baby. Pregnancy screening and DNA testing done in these labs ensure that you can determine your child's vitality, possible diseases, and long-term health challenges before full gestation. There are several major types of prenatal tests and screenings that can answer all questions you may have regarding your unborn baby.Read More
Pregnancy can be a really exciting period in a couple’s life. From preparing your baby’s nursery to throwing a gender reveal party, you can indulge in a lot of fun activities when you know the sex of the unborn baby. This is why a gender blood test is a must for parents who wish to know this information before childbirth. Although there are a number of methods to check the sex of a baby before birth, the accuracy that non-invasive prenatal testing (or NIPT) provides is unmatched.Read More
By taking a DNA test while pregnant, it is possible to confirm the paternity of the baby even before the child is born. While there are many ways to conduct DNA tests to reveal paternity during a woman’s pregnancy, one of the most recent and safest methods is a non-invasive approach.Read More
In today’s society, with the stigma around paternity tests gradually declining, there is a high demand for prenatal paternity testing. If you and your partner decide to get a paternity test, it helps to understand the major difference between various methods of performing this test during pregnancy.Read More
Knowing that you’re expecting can be quite an exciting time. In fact, you might be considering prenatal testing to determine the gender of your unborn child, but it’s important to note that there are several options availableRead More
As invasive prenatal paternity testing subjects the mother and her baby to stress and risks, a team of researchers pioneered the study of a safer alternative to these conventional methods. This alternative DNA testing, referred to as a non-invasive prenatal paternity test on blood, involves no risk for the fetus and the motherRead More
There is no longer a need to wait until the birth of a child to know about the sex of the baby, detect health issues, and even identify the father of the child. It is now possible to determine all of these things before child birth, as getting a DNA test while pregnant has become much more accessible to the public.Read More
The production of numerous functional proteins inside your cell comes about thanks to DNA, allowing scientists to perform genealogical tests or DNA tests while pregnant. The bases that are the constituents of your DNA – A, C, G, and T – come in specific sequences known as genes, allowing for the production of essential-for-life proteins. But, how exactly are these genes read by cells? This is the cornerstone of epigenetics.Read More
Non-invasive genomic sequencing is paving the way forward in the healthcare industry allowing, for example, non-invasive prenatal paternity tests to readily satisfy the parameters that are typically seen around providers, payers, and patients.Read More
Concerns about paternity testing during pregnancy are very common - getting answers has physical, emotional, and even financial benefits for both the mother and her child. For example, medical records established from a paternity test can provide accurate and additional insight into managing the health and care of your child. For these reasons, determining a biological relationship with the potential father of your child is pivotal. There are certain key areas to educate yourself upon before diving in, here are a few topics to provide you with a more holistic insight.Read More
Is the technology that allows us to have abortions performed safely and effectively to blame for a complex personal problem? The same question could be asked in the context of a prenatal gender test, which could potentially be used for the purpose of sex-selective abortion.Read More
We are able to offer services such as a prenatal baby gender test and a prenatal paternity test thanks to research conducted in the field of genetics over the last few decades, and the technological innovations that have resulted from this research. Most importantly, prenatal genetic testing services are currently available to the public thanks to the discovery of fetal DNA in the blood of pregnant women. Here’s a piece of the story behind this discovery.Read More
For parents looking for a way to ease their anticipation of their child, a prenatal baby gender test could be just the thing they need.Read More
Myths about paternity testing practices have spread like wildfire across the internet. The most knowledgeable people about paternity testing, however, are those who are actually involved in performing these tests. As a service to those still hesitant about doing a DNA test while pregnant to determine paternity, we are debunking four myths about paternity testing.Read More
Dr. Melekhovets is a well-known geneticist and the director at a number of reputable DNA-testing enterprises located in the GTA. Testing includes everything from non-invasive prenatal paternity tests, infidelity tests, and even genetically testing the DNA of unknown animals that terrorize the pets in the north easternmost state of Maine.Read More
For those looking to learn the gender of their baby as early as possible, a prenatal gender test can be performed using a blood sample from the mother.Read More
Those with a more invested interest in genetic testing may find themselves asking the following questions: What do the test results look like? How do you interpret them? What part of the DNA indicates if a man is the father of a child or not? Here’s a breakdown of the science behind fetal DNA testing for those who are curious.Read More
Non-invasive prenatal determination of fetal sex using cell-free fetal DNA provides an alternative to invasive techniques for some heritable disorders.Read More
A baby might have its mother's eyes, but the mother has the child's DNA in her blood, at least during pregnancy. Researchers have now used this DNA to test for a genetic disease before birth.Read More
Expectant mothers now have viable alternatives in the form of a non-invasive prenatal paternity test, capable of providing results that are >99% accurate all at a nominal fee for the whole process (e.g. collection kit, lab tests, and a comprehensive report detailing the results).Read More
Conducting a DNA test while pregnant, whether it be for fetal gender prediction or paternity testing, has become an invaluable testing procedure for countless expectant mothers as a non-invasive solution, helping keep themselves and their soon-to-be child out of harm’s way.Read More
There has always been a demand for gender predictor technology throughout the ages, and now we have the technology to do it right.Read More
At Prenatal Genetics Laboratory, we provide non-invasive testing that simply collects a blood sample from the mother.Read More
Collected samples are then stored in a location where it can be expedited for sampling within a lab for the non-invasive prenatal paternity test analysis. Specific sampling sites like this are paramount as blood samples are time-sensitive; samples are required to be tested soon after retrieval to prevent hemolysis or red blood cells from breaking down.Read More
Numerous methodologies, and approaches exist when it comes to gender predictor tests of your unborn child. We’ll be discussing some of the diagnostic techniques that exist out there, and deciding which one is holistically recommended when it comes to taking your safety, time, costs, and peace of mind into account.Read More
The goal of fetal DNA testing has evolved throughout the years – it is the objective to strive for cost-efficiency, clinical and holistic accuracy, and minimal invasiveness when it comes to early stage screening for pregnant women; a mission that we uptake here at Prenatal Genetics Center. It is within these confines and goals where next generation sequencing (NGS) shines.Read More
A landmark in the development of the prenatal paternity test being delivered entirely through markers found in DNA, instead of through blood groups and histocompatibility testing, was thanks to Jeffreys’s work in identifying the RFLP technique.Read More
We recommend practicing caution, especially when it comes to decisions as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy. Instead, utilise a DNA test while pregnant that is backed and acknowledged by the scientific community, the gold standard of which is a newer, non-invasive solution that is reliant on a maternal blood sample.Read More
One of the most pertinent questions you may have when you find out that you’re pregnant relates to the gender of your child, i.e. is it a girl or a boy?
It is therefore natural to seek out opportunities that allow you to know your baby’s gender as soon as possible.Read More
For those that are considering or have undergone a DNA test while pregnant to determine the biological father of their child, it can feel like a maze to navigate through the meaning behind your results, as conclusive as they may be.Read More
If you are looking for the most non-invasive DNA test while pregnant, a gender blood test is the option for you.Read More
Preparing well in advance for a gender reveal party will help take some stress off your shoulders - a gender blood can help you get things going.Read More
Nowadays, non-invasive prenatal paternity testing is possible thanks to the development of fetal DNA testing.Read More
Traditionally, it is the pregnant woman who possesses decision-making rights when it comes to the fetus. But, for alleged fathers – having an understanding of what rights a father does have can help both parents make informed decisions before the birth of a child.Read More
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Down Syndrome and other aneuploidies have revolutionized the history of prenatal testing for congenital anomalies. However, research demonstrates that NIPT has been misrepresented as an equivalent to invasive prenatal procedures in the past. Today we’ll discuss 3 common misconceptions about non-invasive prenatal testing.Read More