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6 – Great Expectations
“Will my baby be normal?” That is
the question that all parents ask, and
some with good reason. Knowing
the family history of both you and
your baby’s father will allow your
healthcare provider to anticipate
certain problems that can be
minimized with proper care. Today,
medical technology has allowed for
better diagnoses of certain genetically
transmitted diseases. Prenatal tests for
more than 800 genetic disorders have
been developed. A procedure called
amniocentesis, usually performed
from 14 to 16 weeks of pregnancy,
tests the fluid surrounding the baby
and allows certain diseases and other
factors like the sex of the baby to be
detected. Other highly specialized
tests may be required, depending on
the family’s medical history.
Genetic and Family History
There are certain family medical
conditions that are important to the
health of your baby. The following
questionnaire will help determine if
you are a candidate for special genetic
counseling or testing.
Prenatal Diagnosis of
Genetic Disorders
While good prenatal care can
significantly decrease any harmful risks
to you and your baby, there are no
guarantees that your pregnancy will
proceed normally.
Question
Yes No
Will you be 35 or older by your due date?
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Have you, your baby’s father or anyone in your family had:
Down syndrome?.................................................................
Spina bifida or myelomeningocele (open spine)?
Hemophilia?. ........................................................................
Muscular dystrophy?. .........................................................
Mental retardation?.............................................................
Sickle cell disease?...............................................................
Tay-Sachs disease?..............................................................
Cystic fibrosis?.....................................................................
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Have you or your baby’s father produced a child born with a
defect not listed in the box above or that was stillborn?
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Do you, your baby’s father or a close relative in either family
have any inherited genetic or chromosomal disorder not
listed?
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Are you, your baby’s father or a close relative of:
Jewish ancestry or a descendant from
Eastern European people?.............................................
Mediterranean ancestry?....................................................
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Have you or a previous spouse of your baby’s father had 3 or
more miscarriages?
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You should make note of any questions that you answer “Yes”
and discuss them with your healthcare provider.