What Exactly is A Geriatric Pregnancy?
The term “Geriatric Pregnancy” conjures images of much older women and their burgeoning bumps. A late-in-life pregnancy perhaps, or something of biblical reference comes to mind. But the truth is the medical arena uses geriatric pregnancy to reference those who are pregnant and over the age of 35. The term is interchangeable with the less […]
Birth Defects and Fertility Issues
Every four and a half minutes, a baby in the United States is born with a birth defect. The definition of birth defects is something which is a visible, internal or chemical abnormality in a newborn child. Very often the causes are genetic or chromosomal, however there are other causes, as well. Sometimes the reason […]
Genetic Carrier Screening: I’m Healthy So Do I Really Need it?
For couples and individuals with a history of genetic disorders a carrier screening test brings peace of mind. Doctors typically recommend genetic carrier screening if you or your partner are at high risk for passing on certain diseases like Tay-Sachs and cystic fibrosis. Of course, you don’t always know whether you’re a carrier and not […]
Should I Consider Genetic Testing Even Without Fertility Issues?
When you dream of your future family you don’t necessarily envision any problems. Pregnancy comes easily, labor is a breeze and you deliver a healthy beautiful baby. For many couples that’s true. But, in the United States, one out of every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Birth defects remain the leading cause […]
Interested in Genetic testing? Learn What is Involved In The Process
For mothers-to-be, even the most textbook pregnancy is fraught with worry. When you add infertility into the mix, it becomes a real rollercoaster of emotions. Will my age cause a concern? Will the baby be ok? Will they experience any health issues? And on and on. The unknown can cause plenty of sleepless nights and […]