Ep 49: What to Know About Genetic Testing For You and Your Baby – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #49: What to Know About Genetic Testing for You and Your Baby


There's a lot of confusion out there around genetic testing during pregnancy. Who should get tested? When? Is it a cause for concern, or a harmless preventative measure?

I wanted to clear up any confusion or misconceptions about genetic testing in today's episode of the podcast, so I invited Dr. Keisha Reddick back on the show to help me do so.

Dr. Reddick is a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor and is up-to-date on everything you need to know about genetic testing and carrier testing for you and your baby.

We talk about the different kinds of genetic testing you may encounter, what trimester you can get them, and what each one will tell you. Dr. Reddick also talks about why she is such a proponent of genetic testing for high-risk pregnancies and anybody else who wants to be prepared with knowledge about their baby.

The vast majority of pregnancies are normal, but it's a good idea to prepare yourself mentally and ensure the safest delivery for your baby if there's any chance they might need extra care.

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In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • The difference between genetic screening and carrier screening
  • What genetic tests can be carried out in each trimester
  • Why genetic testing should be combined with other types of tests
  • The benefits of noninvasive genetic testing options
  • Why it's such a good idea to prepare yourself for any issues your baby may have at delivery or beyond 
  • What Dr. Reddick believes is the biggest advantage of genetic testing for mom, baby, and your health providers

Links Mentioned In The Episode

First Trimester

Second Trimester

Third Trimester


Nuchal Translucency - measures the thickness at the back of the baby’s neck by ultrasound



Requires specially trained ultrasound technician

NIPT (non invasive prenatal testing a.k.a. the gender test)

Blood test

Quad Screen



Blood test between 15-20 weeks Has largely been replaced by first trimester screening.

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)



Diagnostic test that gives the most amount of information. Requires skilled practitioner. Not many doctors do this.



Diagnostic test that gives the most amount of information. Less risky than CVS. Requires skilled practitioner.

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Pregnancy, genetic testing, carrier testing, prenatal testing, high risk pregnancy, advanced maternal age, chromosome abnormalities, delivery

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