Many abnormal test results do not mean a 100% certainty for a problem in your pregnancy or new baby. There are different genetic tests available for a pregnancy or new baby. Some genetic tests can confirm the cause of a problem that’s already happened, while others only tell you the chances that a problem has occurred. Both of these results might be called “abnormal” or “positive” test results, which can sometimes be confusing. In other types of genetic testing, you and/or your partner have the test (and not your baby). This can tell you about your risk as a couple to have a baby with a genetic disease.
Genetic experts are medical professionals trained to help you understand genetic testing and your results. If you have testing and get an abnormal result, genetic testing for your partner could help – a genetic expert can help with this as well. They can review your genetic testing options with you, help you decide if you want to proceed and work with you to make an action plan to take full advantage of what you learned with your doctor.