If you’re wondering who the father is, you might also be wondering if you can get a DNA test before or have your baby. Of course, it’s a little trickier then after they’re born, but in today’s day and age, they can do just about anything.
Can I Get a DNA Test While Pregnant? The answer is Yes, most women want to get a paternity test completed before the baby is born so that they can start getting financial help from the father for things like prenatal checkups and all the baby items that will be needed in anticipation of their arrival. And while money might seem like a good reason to get the test done before they’re born, you should do your best to hold out until you can have the test done the regular way.
The only thing is that before your baby is born the process can be invasive, so unless you have a very pressing reason you should wait until the baby is born before conducting the tests. It’s especially true if you are having a high-risk pregnancy, you don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the delivery.
You probably think that your situation is severe enough to warrant getting a DNA test now as opposed to later, but be sure to consult with friends and family to see if this is really something that is an urgent matter and can’t wait.
Your Different Options on DNA Test While Pregnant
If it is very early in your pregnancy you can opt to have what’s known as Chorionic Villus Sampling which involves them taking a sample from your gestational sack by sucking it out with a catheter. If you’re further along they will take some of your amniotic fluid. There is also a noninvasive procedure that involves them taking some of your blood, and isolating the baby’s DNA from it.
Anything invasive carries risks to you and your baby, no matter how small. We would recommend the blood drawing method if you decide to go through with this as it is pretty much risk-free, and doesn’t involve poking around near your unborn baby.
Our Logic is Undeniable to Getting DNA Test During Pregnancy
Here is the logic of why we don’t recommend getting a DNA test while pregnant. All of the worrying and wondering you’re doing about who the father is only matters if you successfully have the baby.
It would be tragic if the steps you took to find out who the father is made so that you had a complicated pregnancy, or cause some sort of birth defect to your baby. And also consider this, what if something happens to your baby that is totally unrelated from getting a test done, but you can’t get it out of your head that you caused the problem by having a test performed. You might carry around the guilt of having caused the problem, when in fact they were unrelated.
It’s Only Nine Months of Pregnancy
Nine months might seem like a long time, but it’s going to go by fast. If your main consideration is paying for your child, just keep a log of all of your expenses during your pregnancy, and once you find out who the father is you can make them reimburse you retroactively.
This is a much safer way to go about it, and let you relax a bit so you don’t stress out so much. And speaking about stress, you don’t want to have a stressful pregnancy, so you kind of need to put all of the drama on hold while your baby is developing inside you.
Babies pick up on the vibrations going on in the world around them which your emotions play a big part in. If you are having arguments with potential fathers and feeling really bad about the situation, it’s going to set that vibration for your baby.
You should try to be as happy as you can, even if things don’t seem like they’re going to be all right now. Most likely they will look up once your baby is born, and you can determine who the father is, and all of those lousy feelings will have been for not.
All of this might be easier said than done, but it will all be worth it when you’re holding your healthy, happy newborn baby in your arms.