New prenatal genetic test

E RESORT BEACHES ARE CLOSED TONIGHT >>> PARENTS PLANNING TO START A FAMILY CAN EASY EASIER WITH A TEST

IT CAN BE DONE EARLY WHY OTHER IN PREGNANCY AND DOCTORS SAY THIS NEW TEST IS MORE ACCURATE HEALTH REPORTER HALEY HERNANDEZ EXPLAINS THE BENEFITS TO BOTH MOTHER AND BABY >> Reporter: THE BABY BUMP IS JUST STARTING TO SHOW ON PILATES INSTRUCTOR AT 35 YEARS OLD, SHE'S IN A HIGH RISK CATEGORY FOR PREGNANCY PROBLEMS BUT THE RESULTS OF A NEW PRENATAL TEST HAVE HER BREATHING EASIER ABOUT HER BABY

>> THEY CAME ACTUALLY HERE TO THE STUDIO THEY DREW MY BLOOD WE GOT THE RESULTS BACK WITHIN SEVEN DAYS EVERYTHING WAS FINE I'M LOW RISK FOR EVERYTHING

>> Reporter: TESTS LIKE THIS ULTRASOUND ARE COMMON TOLD BUT THEY OPTED FOR A NEW SCREENING METHOD CALLED NONINVASIVE PRENATAL TESTING OR NIPT >> IT'S A BLOOD TEST FROM THE MOTHER, BUT IT LOOKS AT CELLS FROM THE PREGNANCY, WHEREAS THE SCREEN LOOKS AT THE MARKERS THROUGHOUT THE MOTHER'S BLOOD >> Reporter: ONE BENEFIT, THE PROCEDURE CAN BE DONE JUST AT NINE OR TEN WEEKS INTO THE PREGNANCY INSTEAD OF 16 AND STUDIES SHOW IT IS 99% ACCURATE IN PREDICTING DOWN SYNDROME IT'S NOT THE ONLY TEST HER DOCTOR RECOMMENDS

SHE SUGGEST HAS TEST OF BOTH PARENTS, LONG BEFORE STARTING A FAMILY >> POTENTIALLY IT COULD KEEP YOU FROM GETTING PREGNANT AND YOU MIGHT GO A DIFFERENT ROUTE OR IF YOU HAVE THE INFORMATION, IT WILL HELP YOU PREPARE BETTER FOR DELIVERY AND PREGNANCY >> Reporter: BEFORE GETTING PREGNANT, SHE TOOK A GENETIC TEST AND LEARNED SHE INHERITS ADD HARMFUL GENE MUTATION THAT GIVES HER AN 80% CHANCE OF DEVELOPING BREAST CANCER AND 60% CHANCE OF GETTING OVARIAN CANCER BY THE AGE OF 50 KNOWING THAT, THEY DECIDED NOT TO WAIT ANY LONGER

>> I'M EXCITED ABOUT BEING A MOM I'M EXCITED ABOUT ROGER BEING A FATHER >> Reporter: WHILE THE TEST IS 99% ACCURATE, SOME DOCTORS STRESS IT ONLY INDICATES A RISK FOR GENETIC ABNORMALITIES AND DOES NOT CONFIRM A CHILD WILL ACTUALLY BE BORN WITH A DISORDER DOCTORS RECOMMEND FOLLOWING UP WITH MORE TESTING BECAUSE SOME STUDIES SHOW FALSE POSITIVES DO OCCUR

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