Trisomy and its risks
After fertilization, random cell division abnormalities in the early phases of egg maturation can occur. As a result, there might be an extra copy of one of the chromosomes. The presence of three chromosomes instead of two is called trisomy.
The DNA of the fetus is present in maternal blood in the early stages of pregnancy. This special screening laboratory test uses the DNA of the fetus to isolate, analyse and identify the potential occurrence of trisomy (three identical chromosomes).
Consult your doctor
The TRISOMY test excludes the presence of trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), 18 (Edwards syndrome) and 13 (Patau syndrome) with high accuracy. If you are interested, the test can also determine the sex of your unborn baby.
Parents’ and doctors’ views
Basic biochemical screening indicated some of my parameters were, due to my age, slightly higher, which made me feel insecure and worried. Therefore, my husband and I decided to give the TRISOMY test a try. One simple blood test and the results were in within a few days. The relief we felt when the doctor confirmed we were facing no risk was indescribable. And as a bonus, we learnt it’s a baby girl. We’ve been using her first name since then, which brings us even closer to each other.