Testing Testing 1-2-3

Almost 9 years ago, one positive pregnancy test and 1 and 2 became 3. It was a surprise!

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Some people plan in advance to start their families – for some, it’s a big surprise! When you’re thinking about starting your family, your doctor will often ask you about your family history. But did you know there may be surprises in your family tree? Genetic carrier screening can help you make informed reproductive decisions as you start your family.

Like I said, my son was a big, awesome surprise, so we didn’t do any pre-emptive screening to prepare for pregnancy. I don’t remember hearing much about the option of screening when I was pregnant, but it’s something I definitely would have pursued if I had known what I could learn. I’m curious about family history, and from a medical perspective, I feel like I’m a bit lean on details.

We do have a family history of breast cancer so some members of our family did some screening through the public health system (back when that was still funded) to try to gauge risks of contracting that particular disease. I also participated in a genetic study about the heredity of eating disorders that was run by researchers who were trying to find links to explain anorexia nervosa. I think genetics can teach us so much.

The Horizon carrier screen is a simple test that looks at your genes to see if you are a carrier for specific autosomal recessive and X-linked genetic conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It is common for people to be carriers of at least one genetic condition. Carriers are usually healthy; however, they have a risk of passing on a genetic condition to their children. If you and your partner are both carriers for the same recessive genetic disease, you have a 1 in 4, or 25%, chance of having an affected child in each pregnancy. If a woman is a carrier of an X-linked disease, she has up to a 50% chance of having an affected child in each pregnancy.  Horizon can provide valuable information to you about your carrier status before or during pregnancy.

You just never know what you will find in your family tree. I mean, even the things that I find in the back of the family SUV often surprise me. That’s what’s cool about Horizon Genetic Carrier Screening, it can help parents understand their chances of having a child with a specific genetic disease before or during pregnancy, so they can plan ahead. I am someone who really likes to plan ahead, usually with spreadsheets.

I do better when folks draw me a picture of things, so my friends at Horizon gave me this super handy infographic to summarize:

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