Before becoming pregnant, you may want to learn about your chances of having a child with a genetic disorder. This is called preconception carrier screening. Carrier screening allows you and your partner to find out if you are carriers of certain genetic disorders. A carrier usually has no symptoms of a disorder but can pass on the gene for that disorder to his or her child. Carrier tests are available for a limited number of diseases, including cystic fibrosis, fragile X syndrome, sickle cell disease, and Tay-Sachs disease.
This pamphlet explains:
PROLOG: Obstetrics, Seventh Edition
Good Health Before Pregnancy: Preconception Care
Exercise During Pregnancy
How Your Baby Grows During Pregnancy
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20024-6920