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Can you get a DNA Test before a Child is Born?

Yes. There are several options for families considering performing a prenatal paternity test.

Option 1. Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) is a procedure that can only be performed by an OBGYN during the 10-13 weeks of a mother’s pregnancy.

Pros

It is an earlier option than an amniocentesis.

Cons

If you are afraid of needles this option may be one you might want to reconsider. Also, the procedure has a potentially serious risk that may affect the fetus. Please consult with your OBGYN to consult about all the risks for this option.

 


Option 2

Amniocentesis is a procedure that can only be performed by an OBGYN during the 14-20 weeks of a mother’s pregnancy.

Pros

This is a commonly performed and successful procedure performed by OBGYN’s.

 

Cons

This option has the same concerns as the CVS option listed above but it is said to have a much higher success rate. Please consult with your OBGYN to consult about all the risks for this option.


Option 3

Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test (NIPP) is a blood test that can be performed with the use of an OBGYN.

Pros

Easy appointment set up and slightly less expensive than the previous two options listed above. In addition, this option can be performed as early as the 8th week of pregnancy.

Cons

There is a risk that should be brought to your attention. In addition, there is a chance for mothers who have had a previous pregnancy to have remaining fetal cells that may affect the outcome of the result. Please speak with a DNA specialist to inquire further about this option.


Frequently Asked Questions:

DNA test while pregnant how far along?

Earliest option for a prenatal paternity test is 8 weeks in the pregnancy.

How soon can you DNA test a baby after birth?

A DNA Test can be performed as earlier as a day or two after the birth of a child. Of course, this will be predicated on if the hospital will allow a DNA sample collector the opportunity to collect the samples. Please contact one of our DNA specialists for information regarding mobile DNA sample collection in New York City at 646-383-9778.