Why take a DNA test while pregnant?

If you would like to know the gender of your child or you are not sure who the father is, you might want to have a DNA test conducted. Decades ago, it was only possible for a DNA test to be conducted after the baby was born. Advances in technology have now made it possible to conduct a DNA test while pregnant. This test is non-invasive and will not harm your baby.

DNA test to determine gender

There are several ways to find out the gender of your baby. You could wait to have an ultrasound made or you could simply take a DNA test. DNA testing while you are pregnant is safe and non-invasive. The only thing that you need is your blood. Some tests include a small needle, similar to the ones that diabetes patients use to check their insulin level. The mothers’ blood contains a pat of the baby’s DNA after the seventh week of the pregnancy. With this DNA the gender can be determined. Order a home DNA testing kit and take the test in the comfort of your own home. Send your samples and you receive the gender of your child as early as three business days later.

If you are planning a gender reveal party, DNA testing to find out the gender of your child is a great way to start. The results of the test will be delivered to you in a sealed envelope, which you can entrust to a family member, baker or party planner. They can then plan a perfect gender reveal party without you knowing the gender ahead of time. Knowing the gender of your baby can also help you to prepare for his or her arrival. If you know the gender of the baby, it becomes easier to determine the name ahead of time, to know which colors to paint their room or to know what kind of clothes and toys to buy.

DNA testing to determine paternity

A DNA test can also be used to determine paternity. For this, both parents have to agree to take the test because samples of both parents have to be taken and compared. The mother needs to supply a blood sample while the father needs to take saliva samples. This can be done at home with a home DNA testing kit or in a laboratory while witnessed by an examiner. If the paternity test is taken to be entered as proof of paternity in court, the test needs to be taken in a laboratory that is allowed to take legal paternity tests.