New Earlier Blood Test For Down Syndrome
A new test may be able to detect Down Syndrome much earlier than current tests, and may do so in...
A new test may be able to detect Down Syndrome much earlier than current tests, and may do so in a safer way as well. Currently the tests most often used to diagnose Down Syndrome in the womb are amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, both of which pose a small risk for miscarriage. This new test, a simple but accurate blood test may be used as early as nine weeks into a pregnancy. Obviously knowing about your baby's standing earlier is a mixed blessing. Yes, it may allow you to better prepare, but some experts note that this early test may just really stress mamas-to-be out, and at worst may cause more abortions. I'm not so sure about the stress or an up-rise in abortion, but I'm all for earlier diagnostic testing that's easier on both mama and baby. Check out the video below to learn more. Learn more:
- To test or not to test
- I wish I hadn't known: The ups and downs of prenatal testing
- Awaiting a baby with down syndrome