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If you're planning on extending your family, but you know you have a history of genetic conditions that could potentially affect the outcome of your baby's health, you should consider genetic counseling and testing to help guide you on the best way forward. The following guide, presented by the True Health Center for Functional Medicine, can help you get started.
Types of genetic conditions that can be passed down
If you are concerned about your medical history and you know that you have certain conditions that run in the family, you can choose to be screened for any potential issues before you become pregnant. Some conditions that are tested for when you are screened include cystic fibrosis diagnosis and spinal muscular atrophy (Type1).
How to know when to get tested by a genetic counselor
You may need to seek the advice of a genetic counselor if you:
While we don't have control over whether a genetically inherited condition is present or not, you can prepare yourself for the likelihood of one of these conditions being present in a future child by going to your primary physician for necessary testing before conceiving. There is something to be said for leading a healthier lifestyle, especially when pregnant or when planning to get pregnant, so your baby has a better chance overall. Things you can do now that can help you have a healthier pregnancy overall include:
If you're worried about the financial implications of a challenging pregnancy, resources that can help you financially and emotionally through these difficult times include the Circle of Health International, March of Dimes, and Every Mother Counts.
If you are planning to extend your family, and you're unsure of the way forward, just know that taking those positive steps to achieve a healthier lifestyle (small as they may be) will end up benefiting you and your future babies in the end.
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