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Section 5 – What happens if I, or the father of my baby has a family history or carries a chromosomal or genetic change or if either of us have had a previous pregnancy with a chromosomal or genetic condition?

This will depend on the type of chromosomal or genetic change that you or the father of the baby carries.

We may:

  • offer you or the father of the baby a referral to medical genetics to discuss your options
  • offer the partner of the person who carries a chromosomal change a blood test to see if there is a chance that your baby may have the chromosomal change, or
  • offer you chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis to see whether your baby has the chromosomal change.

If we offer you CVS or amniocentesis you should be aware that both of these tests can cause a miscarriage.