Advancements in testing throughout pregnancy has allowed NIPT tests to become a big part of the pregnancy journey for many expecting parents.
Gender scans have always been popular from 16 weeks when done privately, but with the inclusion of NIPT Testing at Peek A Baby, they are now able to offer genetic testing for the sex of your baby from as early as 6 weeks of pregnancy.
What is Genetic Testing During Pregnancy?
Genetic testing during pregnancy gives insight into the health, wellbeing and gender of your baby from as early as 6 weeks. Tests offered at Peek A Baby are non-invasive prenatal tests that give insight into your baby’s fetal genetics.
Genetic tests can be done via blood sample from the mother, and/or a buccal swab from the father. This allows results to show more than just the gender…
- Veracity: This allows for the testing of genetic conditions that your baby may have inherited before birth. It detects the most common fetal conditions such as Edwards Syndrome, Down Syndrome and Patau Syndrome, providing 99.9% accuracy of results. This test can also determine gender if required.
- VERAgene: This NIPT Test is designed to test for genetic conditions that can have a significant impact of your baby’s quality of life once born. This test can be done before and during pregnancy, giving insight into your own genetics and those that your baby may inherit. This NIPT Test is for both mum and dad to get a comprehensive and detailed look at baby.
Early Gender Blood Tests from Peek A Baby
The third available genetic test from Peek A Baby is the Early Gender Blood Test.
This test requires a blood sample from the mother; following this, the fetal DNA can be identified and separated. This sample is then tested for the presence of Y chromosomes.
- If Y chromosomes are present = the sex of your baby is male
- If Y chromosomes is negative = the sex of your baby is female
It is important that for this test, you can confirm that you are 6 weeks pregnant or more. If you are less than 6 weeks pregnant, the test can be completed, but the accuracy reduces from 99.9%.
Peek A Baby have an eligibility calculator that can help you determine how far along your pregnancy is before you book your appointment with us for your Early Gender Blood Test.
Alongside this genetic testing for the sex of your baby, we also offer an Early Pregnancy Reassurance Scan. This can help give you peace of mind that your early pregnancy is going well and your baby is starting to develop as they should. For more information on our Early Pregnancy Reassurance Scan, or to book this scan separately, visit us online.
Book Your NIPT Test
We understand that as expectant parents, it can be an exciting time no matter if this is your first pregnancy or your third! Every pregnancy journey is unique and special moments throughout can be treasured for life.
If you are looking to book a genetic test, visit us online for more test information and book at your local Peek A Baby clinic.
You can also book your ultrasound scans with us online at your local clinic and at a time that suits you.
We look forward to meeting you and your bump soon!