Many expectant mothers think twice or three times before having prenatal paternity testing carried out. This is because they have probably done some research and been told by the OBGYN that there are certain risks due to the invasiveness of such tests: bleeding, cramps, soreness and even miscarriage. All these are highly unpleasant thoughts and symptoms which progressively worsen at the thought of a miscarriage.
Non Invasive Prenatal Testing: easy, risk free and Accurate
It is also the actual sampling with invasive prenatal paternity testing via amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling that makes some expectant mothers shudder- needles inserted through the abdomen or catheters through the vagina- such medical investigations are anything but a walk in the park.
Luckily, constant research in the field of DNA testing means that today you can eliminate thoughts of bleeding, cramps, miscarriages or anything that approximates an amnio or chorionic villus sampling.
Why not do a Risk Free Prenatal Test rather than an Amnio?
This is thanks to risk free and OBGYN-free non invasive prenatal testing. Scientists have known for a long time that the baby’s DNA profile can be mapped from the maternal blood. Just a blood sample from the expectant mother and a sample from the alleged father can be tested using highly advanced DNA testing methods. From the expectant mother’s blood sample, the unborn baby’s genetic markers can be mapped. Quite incredible but true! Scientists have known for decades that the unborn baby’s DNA circulates in the mother’s blood stream- the challenge was extracting this fetal DNA from the maternal blood.
Non invasive prenatal paternity testing is highly accurate (as accurate as 99.9%) and reliable- it could really spell the end of fetal DNA sampling procedures such as CVS and amniocentesis to establish paternity in pregnancy.