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What genetic tests might your doctor recommend during a pre-pregnancy checkup?

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Depending on your ethnicity, your doctor may recommend genetic tests for:

  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Thalassemia (an inherited form of anemia)
  • Genetic diseases common in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, such as Tay-Sachs disease

SOURCES: 
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site. 
BabyMed web site. 
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institutes of Health web site, May 2003. 
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences web site, 2003.
Obstetrics and Gynecology, December 2002.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 17, 2020

SOURCES: 
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site. 
BabyMed web site. 
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institutes of Health web site, May 2003. 
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences web site, 2003.
Obstetrics and Gynecology, December 2002.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 17, 2020

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