Embarking on the Journey of Parenthood: Our Experience with NIPT at MapmyGenome

Embarking on the Journey of Parenthood

As expectant parents, the health and well-being of our unborn child is our top priority. When we first heard about Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), we were intrigued by the possibility of gaining insights into our baby’s genetic health without any risk to the pregnancy. After thorough research and discussions with our healthcare provider, we decided to proceed with NIPT at MapmyGenome.

Why We Chose NIPT?

NIPT offered us a safe and non-invasive way to screen for common chromosomal abnormalities, including trisomies 13, 18, and 21, as well as sex chromosomal aneuploidies. The test analyzes cell-free DNA in the mother’s blood, which is a mixture of the mother’s and the fetus’s DNA, providing us with valuable information about our baby’s health.

Our Experience

The process was straightforward. We scheduled our appointment at MapmyGenome after our 10th week of gestation, as recommended. The test required a simple blood draw, and we were informed that around 10% of the circulating cell-free DNA in maternal blood comes from the placenta.

What We Needed for the Test?

To get the NIPT done at MapmyGenome, we needed to fill out a mandatory Form-G by the doctor and a test requisition form, which we downloaded from the website. We also learned that NIPT is generally recommended for all pregnant women, especially if there are indications of chromosomal abnormalities from other tests or a history of trisomy in previous pregnancies.

Waiting for Results

The waiting period was a time of mixed emotions, but we felt reassured knowing that we were taking a step towards ensuring the health of our baby. Within two weeks, we received our results.

The Outcome

Thankfully, our results indicated a low risk for the conditions screened. It was a huge relief and allowed us to focus on the joy of our growing family. We understood that NIPT is a screening test and not diagnostic, so had our results been high risk, further diagnostic tests would have been recommended.

Final Thoughts

Choosing NIPT at MapmyGenome was a decision we made for peace of mind. It empowered us with early knowledge about our baby’s health, allowing us to make informed decisions and prepare for the future. For any expectant parents considering NIPT, we recommend discussing it with your healthcare provider to determine if it’s the right choice for you.

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