Our DNA contains a wealth of information about us: our innate characteristics, our developmental patterns, physical traits, and much more. Paternity DNA Testing during pregnancy sheds light on our past and can change our present. DNA Testing San Antonio Centers offer DNA Paternity testing before the baby is born, that makes it possible to establish the biological father of the baby.
While many new parents choose to use at-home paternity testing kits to determine the paternity of their child following birth, there are many reasons why they may want to confirm the biological father of the child before the baby’s born. If you want to get a DNA test before the baby is born at our centers in San Antonio, you have to consider the one and only choice that represents no risk to the baby. It is called a non-invasive prenatal paternity test, which can be performed by DNA Testing San Antonio anytime after the 7th week of pregnancy.
In order to get the DNA paternity test at one of our centers in San Antonio, all it requires is a cheek-swab DNA sample from the alleged father and a small blood sample from the mom. This does not pose any risk to the mother or baby. Nowadays, technology is extremely reliable and can be depended on to return a 99% probability of paternity if the man tested is the biological father, or a 0% probability of paternity if he is not.
Reasons to get a DNA Paternity Test during pregnancy
DNA Testing San Antonio wants you to know that some of the benefits of a prenatal paternity test include eliminating the stress of not knowing who the father is, making sure the right person is there to support you through your pregnancy and delivery, and being able to begin legal arrangements, including child support and custody.
- To Help Make Relationship Decisions Prior to Birth: If you want to commit to a long-term relationship with the father of your baby and there’s more than one possible father in the picture, a Prenatal DNA Test can help you clarify any doubt.
- To Reduce Stress During Pregnancy: Although eliminating all stress in life is practically impossible, whether you’re pregnant or not, anything that can reduce it goes a long way. Not knowing who the father of your child is stressful and can have direct negative effects on an unborn child and the mother. Getting answers through a prenatal paternity test can really help take a load off your mind.
- To Have the Right Person by your Side When Giving Birth: Giving birth is a special experience for a mother, and a life-changing event for those involved. Taking a DNA paternity test will ensure that the correct person is there at the time of delivery and is the one who will sign the baby’s birth certificate.
- To Involve the Biological Father in Birth Preparations: Having the financial / emotional support of the biological father through pregnancy is necessary to prepare for the baby. This is why you want to confirm paternity as soon as possible instead of waiting until later.
There are many reasons to perform a DNA paternity test, whatever your reason is, at DNA Testing San Antonio we are ready to help you. Remember that not all laboratories can perform court-admissible DNA paternity tests, but our laboratory is the only one accredited by the AABB and therefore maintains the highest standards for excellence in testing.
Other types of DNA tests that can be done during pregnancy at DNA Testing San Antonio
If you are pregnant then genetic testing can be a useful tool, not only for determining paternity, but also to discover if your baby is at risk of carrying genetic diseases. For a long time, pregnancy testing such as amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) were used but those tests are quite invasive and carry a risk of potential miscarriage or harm to the baby.
DNA tests that can be used to alert the parents-to-be of genetic abnormalities are generally done with blood tests and an ultrasound between 10 and 13 weeks. With another genetic marker scan and DNA test available to parents between 15 and 20 weeks.
These tests are referred to as NIPT or non-invasive prenatal tests, or NIPD non-invasive prenatal diagnosis.
NIPT can be used to test for altered genes, the gender of the baby and can detect Down Syndrome and other conditions. This is a non-invasive test because it uses a drop of blood from the mother and uses free cells that can be found in her bloodstream. It doesn’t rely on the cells found in the amniotic fluid like amniocentesis or CVS.
Now that DNA testing is more accessible to consumers through a wide variety of companies, mothers-to-be have the option to learn a lot of important information about their baby before birth. All these tests can be performed at our centers in DNA Testing San Antonio.
In summary, you can certainly get a DNA Paternity Test while pregnant at our centers in DNA Testing San Antonio. A general, non-invasive DNA test (cheek swab or blood sample) can be taken at any time during a pregnancy. The only requirements is that the mother is at least 7 weeks pregnant. A cheek-swab DNA sample from the alleged father, and a small blood sample from the mom is required. That is the reason it is a non-invasive test and poses no risk to the baby and the mother.
If you are expecting, and want to do a paternity test while pregnant, DNA Testing San Antonio offers a Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity test, a highly-accurate test that can determine an unborn child’s biological father.
DNA Testing San Antonio provides the highest quality DNA testing services in San Antonio, Texas. Our laboratory is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). Rest assured that our results are accurate and court-admissible. A DNA test can’t be wrong. DNA Testing San Antonio assures you 99.99% reliable results and your test results are available in as little as 2 to 3 business days.