Genetic testing can take many forms and provide so much incredible information about lifestyle, wellness, and the future. Not only can gene analysis help you understand your body better, but it can give you insight about “future yous” and the genes they may possess – yes, we’re talking about your children.
Children are the fruit of the womb, a beautiful miracle of the mother’s and father’s chromosomes coming together to create a person. Most of the time, people go blindly into childbearing without preparing or testing whether the parents are genetically compatible. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you have the opportunity to learn more about your partner’s makeup and your own prior to having a child, would you? It gives you the chance to prevent combining genes that can be detrimental for a child, so it can be very telling about a child’s health future.
There are different types of genetic tests available in our society. Genetic testing has been practiced since at least the 1980s and has only gotten better from there. Some tests that may make their ways into your life if you consider genetic testing before, during, and after pregnancy are:
- Diagnostic testing
- Carrier testing
- Prenatal testing
- Newborn screening
The purpose of this type of genetic testing is to diagnose a certain cause for a condition or disease. If you suspect you have a hereditary gene for a disease, you may consider this test prior to conceiving to make sure you do not harm your baby.
Much like diagnostic testing, carrier testing helps you learn about genes you may have that can cause problems later in life. The difference between these two is a carrier test means the gene is recessive in your body but may be passed to a child who feels the effects actively. Many diseases are inherited via the carrier method, which can go from generation to generation without being observed except through genetic testing.
Once the baby is conceived, prenatal genetic tests can be given to determine if the fetus may have any noteworthy conditions or diseases.
One to two days following the birth of your newborn, you can order genetic testing. These tests commonly look for diseases or conditions that can be problematic for health and development. Knowing this information off the bat can help you better prepare for possible obstacles in the future.
Parenthood can be a frightening and fulfilling way of life, so if you want to be one step ahead, consider genetic testing at the many different stages.
At KlothoGenics™, we use the results from genetic testing to help you understand how to best optimize your life with nutrition programs, exercise regimes, and other healthcare notices specifically related to your own genetic makeup.
Send us your results today to get started! We can analyze results for any member of your family to help make sure you are on the right track for a healthy lifestyle.