There are certain times when it becomes important for an expectant mother or other members of the family to check the paternity of an unborn child. It is an unbearable question for any would be mother to be asked about the father of her unborn child but this question may arise often because of more than half of the births to women under 30 happening out of wedlock.
In such cases, A prenatal Paternity Test for Unborn Child during the pregnancy can recognize whether the man is the baby’s father or not. There are some pros and cons of getting prenatal paternity test done. Apart from alleviating anxiety, the paternity test results may allow pregnant women to abort pregnancies in case the desired man is not the father or they can continue if he is. Men who evidently know that they are the father support their women well both emotionally and financially during the pregnancy which leads to healthier babies.
There are many types of paternity tests that can be done to establish paternity like postnatal testing which is done after the birth of child and prenatal testing done during the pregnancy. You can choose from the following options for prenatal testing or paternity DNA Test before Birth:
- Non-invasive prenatal paternity test – This is the most accurate non-invasive prenatal paternity test to check paternity during pregnancy. In this, a blood sample from the mother and professed father is taken and the test is performed after 8th week of the pregnancy. This test is 99.9% accurate.
- Amniocentesis- This test is performed between 14th to 20th weeks of pregnancy. In this, a small amount of amniotic fluid is taken out from the uterus of mother and is tested. This paternity test requires consent from the doctor as there are small risks of harming the baby, miscarriage, cramping, vaginal bleeding and leaking of amniotic fluid involved.
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) – this test is done during 10th to 13th weeks of pregnancy and it involves testing of chorionic villi obtained from the wall of the uterus. The fetus and the chorionic villi have the same genetic makeup and they come from the same fertilized egg. This paternity test is also done with the consent of a doctor.
Due to the moral and ethical issues involved, prenatal paternity testing can be a sensitive subject. It also involves the risk of invasive tests. In order to get this test done, consent from would be mother and alleged father should be taken.
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