Edited by the Chocoholic Girl
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
This is a prenatal test where your baby’s health is checked using your placenta sample, taken through your vagina into your cervix or the through your abdominal wall and then tested.
This test is usually done at 10 to 12 weeks of pregnancy and results take about a week. Click here if you’d like to watch a video that explains this.(Viewer discretion is advised)
- Amniocentesis Test
Amniocentesis is a prenatal test where your baby’s health is checked from a sample of your amniotic fluid i.e the fluid that surrounds your baby in the uterus. Like CVS, this procedure is mostly recommended where a couple are carriers of a recessive genetic disorder and other chromosomal abnormalities including but not limited to cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, and Down syndrome.
This procedure is usually done between 16 to 18 weeks of pregnancy by gently putting a needle through your belly into the uterus. Ultrasound shows the doctor where your baby is and where it’s safe to insert the needle. Results take about 2 weeks.
I’ve included a link to a YouTube video that further explains this procedure. If you have the stomach for it click here. (Viewer discretion is advised)
The difference between both procedures is explained in-depth in this video.
The drawbacks with these procedures are,
● Tests aren’t exactly 100% conclusive.
● Tests have financial implications. Costs for these procedures range between $250 to $500, which includes laboratory tests, counselling and ultrasound.
● You are now faced with the decision to keep or terminate your pregnancy if your child is found to have the disease.
Now, I don’t question anyone’s moral compass so I’m not pro or anti-abortion. I think we all pick our crosses and live with their consequences. Each to her own.
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