It’s not always possible, but the best time to speak to a genetic expert is before a pregnancy. This allows you the most amount of time and consideration for your options, decisions and actions. If you have limited coverage with your insurance plan, planning before pregnancy can also minimize costs if genetic testing or screening is involved, because you may need fewer of them.
Genetic experts are medical professionals trained to look for signs of genetic diseases and help you understand how your genetic health could impact kids that you have. This may include talking about genetic testing. If you or your partner has a genetic risk factor, a genetic expert can help you consider genetic testing or other options to help keep your baby as healthy as possible.
If you talk to a genetic expert now, you can still talk with one later if you become pregnant or your family needs change.