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  • Writer's pictureMai Le

Lifelabs' Prenatal Testing

This post is sponsored by Lifelabs but all thoughts are my own

I remember being pregnant with my oldest daughter a little over 13 years ago. My pregnancy was the easiest right till the end when my water broke and we rushed to the hospital. Hands-down you'd call it easy breezy.

But fast-forward another few years I had my little boy, my pregnancy was rocky one. I was put on bed rest at 20 weeks due to high blood pressure, placenta previa and early labor signs. And when my OB suggested we do the Panorama Non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) it just made sense to make sure my baby boy was okay. Doing the test really put my mind at ease considering all the complications I was going through.

Now onto my last pregnancy, I’d say this one was the hardest. I don’t know if it was because I was in my 20’s when I was pregnant with my two older kids or what, but being pregnant in my 30’s was so hard. I didn’t have placenta previa this time around but it rough. Instead I had gestational diabetes, I was getting progesterone shots to prevent preterm labor since both my two older babies came 5 weeks early, I also had low iron and high blood pressure so this pregnancy was definitely a doozy. I was also put on bedrest even earlier due to all my complications at 15 weeks along. And of course we had an NIPT testing with my last baby just to make sure everything was okay.

The Panorama™ is a non-invasive test performed through a simple blood draw from the mother’s arm. Because of its unique technology, this NIPT test can distinguish between the mother and baby’s DNA and see if there is evidence of genetic conditions that could affect the baby’s health.

The Panorama™ testing has three different packages to choose from:

  1. Basic Prenatal Panel

Trisomy 21, 18, 13, monosomy X, sex chromosome trisomies, triploidy, complete molar pregnancy and fetal sex optional.

  1. Extended Prenatal Panel

Testing of chromosomes 21, 13, 18, X, Y, triploidy, and 22q11.2 deletion.

  1. Full Prenatal Panel

Testing of chromosomes 21,13,18,X,Y, triploidy, 22q deletion, Cri-du-chat,1p36 deletion, Angelman, Prader-Willi

If you would like to learn more about your baby’s health and risk for certain genetic conditions check out Panorama™ from LifeLabs Genetics® screens for extra or missing chromosomes. The testing is suitable for single or twin pregnancies and pregnancies using an egg donor or surrogate, Panorama™ can be ordered as early as 9 weeks, giving you time to plan and prepare for your baby.


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