Planning for a baby after 30s has become the new normal. Are you too on the bandwagon?
Well! With age come the increased chances of passing along genetic risks to your future baby. That could pose the danger of birth disorders or certain serious diseases on your baby’s health.
“Know your genes before you conceive”, says our experienced geneticists & your gynecologist will recommend the same too.
If you’re planning to get pregnant after your 30s, then you must give deliberation to prenatal genetic healthcare along with routine checkups.
Let’s dig deeper to understand how genes & pregnancy are interrelated.
Genes, pregnancy & genetic inheritance
When a couple is planning to get pregnant, they pass along two sets of genes to their future offspring; one from the mother & one from the father. The sperm & the egg (two sets of DNA which include chromosomes & genes) combine to form a new mixture that is the unique genome of the baby.
The genes transmitted by the parents attribute traits such as eye color, hair, and blood type to the offspring. While if, by any chance, either of the parents passes along any unusual genes (mutation), that leads to exposing the baby to the risks of genetic conditions or birth disorders.
What does it mean to be a genetic carrier?
A genetic mutation is any unusual change in the genes of either or both the parents. Even if a parent might look or feel healthy, if he/she has a genetic mutation and transmits it to their child, there are high risks of passing along genetic conditions. When a woman crosses her desired fertility age of 25-30 years, she is more prone to be the carrier of genetic mutation.
Gene changes in human cells
Every human has two types of cells.
The sperm and egg cells are known as ‘germ’ cells. Every other cell in the body is ‘somatic’ (cells related to the body).
If a change in a person’s genes occurs in the somatic cells, they might experience the condition related to that change but won’t transmit it to their children.
If any change in the genes happens in the germ cells, that person’s future baby has a high chance of inheriting the altered gene. And for women like you, who are entering into family planning after 30 years, the risks of mutation in the germ cell are slightly higher.
How & when do genetic conditions arise?
Genetic conditions arise in the future baby due to any unusual changes i.e., the genetic mutation in either or both parents. Scientists estimate that more than 10,000 conditions are caused by changes in single genes.
A baby can inherit genetic conditions in three different ways
How can you plan for a healthy pregnancy then?
Prenatal genetic healthcare is the way forward to healthy family planning.
It helps to understand your genetic history, inheritance, and wiser ways to avoid the risks of genetic conditions. A genetic counsellor can help you know all about your genes & support you emotionally too. A counsellor is a qualified professional in genetics & counselling. They can help you identify any genetic risks early and make informed choices even before conception.
You can always find a trusted prenatal genetic healthcare partner with us at trugeny. Our goal is to lead you towards a safe and healthy pregnancy & a risk-free family planning. You can schedule a tele-genetics counselling session with one of our counsellor. Once he/she does a detailed analysis of your genes, taking the forward steps to a healthy pregnancy becomes easier for you. If need be, the counsellor will suggest you take a prenatal genetic carrier screening test to ascertain that you might not be the carrier of genetic mutation to your baby.
Rest assured, it’s completely safe & non-invasive. Also, throughout your prenatal genetic care, we remain in constant touch with your ob/gync to share your genetic testing reports with them.
If you’re up to it, it’s the right time to talk to a genetic counselling expert.
Are you two planning to get pregnant? And you don’t want to take any risks? Then, there are high chances that your doctor can suggest genetic carrier screening.
Why? That’s to prevent any risks of either you or your partner passing along genetic diseases or birth disorders to your children.
Genes come in pairs at the time of birth. A baby gets two sets of genes: one each from mom & dad both. The sperm & the egg (two sets of DNA which include chromosomes & genes) combine to form a new mixture that is the unique genome of the baby.
When a gene from one or both the parents contains a mutation (an unusual change), the risk of passing on that mutation to your baby arises. That future offspring might be prone to developing certain birth disorders or serious diseases.
Troublesome, isn’t it?
Well! Luckily there is a very useful tool at your disposal that can help you find out if you’re a carrier of any genetic mutation. It will lead to avoiding the risks and making informed choices. That is, Genetic Carrier Screening!
Let’s understand: What is genetic carrier screening?
Once you start planning for a baby, you take care of your health on priority. Isn’t it? That includes your routine health checkups to ensure that you both can go ahead and plan a safe pregnancy.
Similarly, genetic screening is also a cautionary medical test that lets you know whether you or your partner is a ‘carrier’ for certain genetic disorders. And to check if there are any odds that your future offspring might inherit them. Carrier screening will make you informed and help to make wiser decisions.
What does it mean to be a genetic carrier?
A carrier is someone whose DNA contains a genetic mutation (as mentioned above) that’s the harbinger of a disease, even though you might be absolutely healthy.
When planning for a baby, if either or both the would-be parents are the carriers, they pass the genetic mutation along to the future child. The outcome: the baby suffers birth disorders or certain serious diseases.
Although some mutations are harmless, some others are slightly risky, while some lead to serious illness. Whatever it is, you can’t take the risk! Right?
The future of safe pregnancy: Prenatal Genetic counselling & carrier screening
Prenatal genetic healthcare helps you get ready for a healthy postnatal world.
The best time to know all about your genes is before getting pregnant. You can always start on your genetic healthcare by talking to a counselling expert. He/she can guide you on the further steps whether you require undergoing genetic testing or not.
A carrier screening test is recommended if either one of you has any genetic inheritance or illness history. Or even after an expert does the analysis, if any risk of mutation is hinted at, a carrier screening test is always advisable. These tests are mostly conducted to identify the likelihood of certain birth or genetic disorders in the baby.
Carrier screening tests are non-invasive in that they are often done through a simple blood test. There are minimal/no chances of getting any physical risks after this test.
If you’re planning to get connected with a trusted prenatal genetic healthcare partner, trugeny’s geneticists and counselling experts are there to take care of you. Throughout your prenatal & postnatal genetic care, we remain in constant touch with your ob/gync to share your genetic testing reports with them. Our goal is to lead you towards a safe and healthy pregnancy & risk-free family planning.
If you’re up to it, it’s the right time to talk to a genetic counselling expert.
Book your genetic counselling session now!
That’s great news!
Finally you guys are thinking of planning a baby and getting promoted to ‘parenthood.’ That’s so cool!
From pink to blue, let all your dreams come true. Now is the right time to start preparing your mind, body, and life to welcome your honey bunny on a healthier and happier note.
Let’s get started on preparing your pre-conception to-dos checklist one by one. Here we go!
Do you & your man tally?
Having a baby is a big responsibility. From me to we; you’re planning to go three, or four maybe. So you both have to be mentally prepared. The baby steps to family planning start with having a parenting talk with your partner. For e.g., how will you share the childcare? Will both of you continue working, or will either one stay at home? Vent out your fears, talk about your expectations, and set priorities. Start training your mind that, going forward, whatever decisions you’ll have to make, you need to think from your lil one’s perspective.
Now decide, are you both ready mentally?
Think about money honey
All the Ps and Bs of family planning come costly. Have you thought about planning a baby from a financial perspective? If not, consider that too. Because even before you start trying to conceive, you’ll need to shed bucks too early in the cycle. From your regular ob/gyn visits to routine check-ups to pregnancy & delivery, bringing a baby costs a fortune. Try having a nest egg set up where you can stash funds for all things family planning. You’ll feel better, safe, and well prepared to bring your munchkin into this world.
Your granny gave the same advice too. Isn’t it?
Take care of your body
You’re going to be the creator! Stop obsessing over the 36-24-36 frame of the body. Give a break to carelessly putting on those extra kilos. Your body needs to be super fit to conceive healthily and deliver happily.
So step on the scale. Check your weight. Devise a plan to exercise regularly. Perfectly balanced body weight will help you conceive easily with fewer risks and complications. Your BMI should be between 19 & 24; that is the get-pregnant ideal.
Next, go off the contraceptive pills. Start observing your natural menstrual cycle, ovulation, & the most fertile time. Another important thing is to pop in multivitamins. That means cutting down on junk & leaning more on a healthy diet. Consume lots of greens, citrus, beans, nuts, veggies, and whole grains. Your body will need lots of protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid. Consult your doctor to start taking multivitamin pills. A daily dose of 400 micrograms of folic acid will help prevent spine and brain-related birth defects.
Take it easy with miscellaneous care
Family planning is part and parcel of life. Don’t go overboard with doing this or not doing that. From an infant to a toddler, to a tween or a teen, you will become an expert too. So take a chill pill. Relax! Go for movies. Plan a babymoon with your hubby. Stock up on sleep. Talk to your mom about her pregnancy. But remember to curtail those addictive coffee sips to one or 2 cups a day. Less boozing & less frequent partying. Your favorite restaurants? Yes. Enjoying with your girlfriends? Yes. But less shopping, as you won’t be going to fit in those clothes for now. Last but not least, try to stay away from stress, be calm and happy.
Get a routine health check-up of your Genes
While planning for a baby, don’t forget that your genes matter. A baby inherits one set of genes from the mother, while another from the father. You may or may not have a family history of genetic disorders, but why take a risk! Sometimes a carrier of a genetic disorder doesn’t even know that he/she is a carrier because there are no symptoms. But any genetic risk when passed on to the baby can be the cause of certain birth defects or serious diseases like Down syndrome, Cystic fibrosis, or even Huntington’s disease.
Prenatal Genetic Counselling will help you understand your genetic health & take preventive actions for any risks. Undergoing early Genetic screening will help in making informed decisions right from the start of your family planning. All you have to do is schedule a Prenatal Genetic Counselling session with an expert, just like the way you plan your regular obstetrician visits. And you both will be on the way to a healthier pregnancy.
Find your trustworthy prenatal genetic healthcare partner
We always have a family doctor and a family gynecologist whom we trust blindly. At TruGeny, you can find the same level of comfort and confidence for your Prenatal Genetic healthcare. Our experienced counselors can talk with you at length to understand your genetic history and guide you in the right direction. You may or may not need a Genetic Screening or Prenatal Genetic testing; our expert will help you find out everything.
For the well-being of your baby, talking to a Genetic counseling expert is worth giving a shot. Right? You can do that right from the comfort of your home by scheduling a virtual session with us. So go ahead, book your session now & together, we can plan for a healthier junior version of you or your partner.
And they lived happily ever after!
Glad to meet you at this beautiful junction of life with your partner. We hope you’re ready to take happier strides towards planning a family & foreseeing a future full of precious moments with a healthy baby.
Well! If now’s the time, we suggest taking your routine health care seriously.
Right from planning a family to conceiving, nurturing the embryo & fetus, & delivering a healthy baby, your health matters & so do your genes.
Importance of genes: The vital steps of family planning during Covid-19
Identify the risks early & take preventive measures
It’s the best of times for you to think about getting pregnant; it’s the worst of times out there with Covid-19. So take calculative & precautionary baby steps!
While you’ve started making a chart about the mental, physical & financial aspects of family planning, have you thought about your genes?
Genes are the one that defines your baby. You may or may not have a family history of genetic disorders that could be passed on to your offspring, but you can’t take risks. Isn’t it?
During the tough times of the pandemic when every ringing doorbell, every footstep outside, & every single contact could bring unforeseeable danger, it is vital to identify risks & take preventive measures.
While the Corona virus is known to bring communicable illness, genes play a prominent role in passing on non-communicable diseases. During pregnancy or family planning, genetic disorders (changes in a person’s genes due to missing or extra chromosomes) can make the baby unhealthy.
So, what should you do?
The answer to all your queries related to risk-free family planning lies in prenatal genetic counselling & testing.
What is prenatal genetic counselling & testing?
Genetic testing means getting your DNA diagnosed & tested for genetic disorders. Prenatal genetic testing is doing the same before planning a family or during the pregnancy to become aware of the risks of passing on any genetic abnormalities to your future children.
US National Library of Medicines suggests that prenatal genetic testing is the best approach to get aware of the genetic abnormalities before getting pregnant. A prenatal screening test can help you to plant the seeds of genetic testing in the preconception stage of family planning to detect the risks of defective genes beforehand.
Genetic counselling before genetic testing
Genetic counselling helps you & your partner understand your genes based on your heredity & family history.
Understand your risks through counselling.
Get to know whether you require genetic testing or not.
If yes, find out the appropriate genetic test for you through experts.
Discover the likelihood of defective genes, & plan preventive & healthy measures.
Schedule a safe prenatal genetic counselling session from the comfort of your home. TruGeny’s flexible tele-genetics platform connects you with expert counsellors via phone or online consultation at your convenience.
Types of genetic testing for family planning
Prenatal screening tests
These tests will make you aware of the risks of any genetic abnormalities in either one of you before conceiving. Also they make you well aware of the possibility of passing on genetic disorders to your baby.
Carrier screening tests
Before planning a family, a Carrier screening test will help you to foresee the risks of inherited disorders from genetic changes in either one of you. It involves screening the blood tests or saliva samples.
You as a couple can easily opt for the Carrier screening test before getting pregnant. It is the safest way to understand your genes before entering into family planning.
Prenatal diagnostic tests
This is the next big step of detailed analysis of the placenta to check the actual health of the fetus.
Even before the genetic counselling! Do you as a couple require prenatal genetic testing?
The best plan for a baby can be made by his parents. Even before scheduling a meeting with a genetic counselling expert, these factors can help you to decide when should one opt for genetic counselling?
Is it safe to undergo prenatal genetic testing during the pandemic?
While you can get genetic counselling done from the comfort of your home, the counsellors will tell you the next steps.
If you require prenatal genetic testing after that, consider it like one more visit to your gynecologist. This time, to foresee the contingencies, & prepare yourselves for a healthier pregnancy & delivery.
Getting a genetic test done before planning a family & during pregnancy will make you prepared to take informed & preventive steps in delivering a healthy baby. You can always show these reports to your gynecologist to get more assurance & confidence in the early stages of your family planning & throughout your pregnancy.
You can always choose a reliable health partner like TruGeny to help you undergo prenatal genetic testing while maintaining the necessary precautions for Covid-19.
Benefits of prenatal genetic counselling & testing
How accurate is prenatal genetic testing?
In most cases, the results of prenatal genetic testing are accurate. However, there are chances of getting the false-negative or false-positive results that vary from test to test. So it is always advisable to choose expert counsellors & trusted genetic testing partners to minimise the risks of getting inaccurate test results.
Also, there is a lot of anxiety that couples experience during prenatal genetic testing. That is absolutely normal for the parents-to-be!
Ignorance is not bliss while planning a baby. A genetic disorder can make a predominant impact on the well-being of your family. The change in genes indicates the risks of Down syndrome or serious brain & spinal abnormalities in the embryo.
It’s up to you to decide to go with or against prenatal genetic tests after consulting an expert genetic counsellor’s opinion.
However, keep in mind – Prevention is always better than cure! So choose wisely.
Reliable health partners for prenatal genetic counselling
The ongoing pandemic has made it imperative to take your routine health care seriously. When it comes to starting a family, you must make informed decisions for your preconception & pregnancy health without an iota of doubt.
At TruGeny, our expert team of genetic counsellors will guide you to taking the baby steps of family planning peacefully & carefully. You can rest assured that this certified team of genetic counselling & testing services will assist you in understanding your genes better. Any risks of the defective genes that have the slightest chances of getting passed on to your baby can be detected much earlier. Or how about getting satisfied & worry-free after prenatal genetic counselling or testing that there is no risk at all?
Congratulations! That’s good news indeed.
Together, let’s build a healthier & joyous future full of happy family for you.
Take the first right step towards your family. Book an appointment for prenatal genetic counselling for both of you right away.