Can You Get a Paternity Test While Still Pregnant?

Zero risk prenatal paternity tests can be done as early as nine weeks into pregnancy.
Nina Fenton
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Got Fatherhood on the Mind?

If you or someone you slept with is pregnant, and either of you are not sure who the father is, you are in a really tough spot. We get it – we work with many people in your situation. No pregnant woman wants to go through a nine month pregnancy with the anxiety of not being sure who the father is, and having to wait until after the birth to find out. And certainly, no man wants to go through the stress of that nine month period without being certain what is going to happen when the baby is born. Psychologically, the whole process of pre-birth bonding with the child is thrown into disarray, with the potential for lasting health impacts.

Zero Risk Prenatal Paternity Testing Is Now Possible

There are three types of prenatal paternity tests available. Amniocentesis involves inserting a needle through the abdomen to extract amniotic fluid, but it is an invasive test which has a small but scary potential of causing a miscarriage. If you don’t need an amnio, it’s hard to justify the risk of getting one just to determine paternity. Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) is another needle-based test, in this case inserted through the cervix. CVS is also an invasive minor surgical procedure and has an even higher risk of causing a miscarriage than an amnio. CVS can be performed after the first trimester.

Fortunately, now there is a third option, which is a non-invasive, zero risk, prenatal paternity test that can be performed as early as nine weeks into the pregnancy. This is a blood test which presents no risk to the mother or the unborn child. It takes just a simple blood draw from the mom’s arm, just like any other typical blood test, plus a cheek swab of the potential father, to determine paternity.

Stress and Pregnancy

The March of Dimes reports that studies show that stress during pregnancy may affect a child later in life. The child’s immune system or brain development can be negatively affected. A non-invasive paternity test from Health Street can eliminate one source of stress during your pregnancy. If you want to think about your baby’s future, but your mind is pre-occupied with questions of paternity, it might be worth spending the time and money to get a prenatal paternity test.

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Nina works hard to be a voice to the voiceless whose stories about drug testing, DNA testing and paternity deserve to be told. It is her goal to always come from a place free of judgment and full of compassion.

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Nina works hard to be a voice to the voiceless whose stories about drug testing, DNA testing and paternity deserve to be told. It is her goal to always come from a place free of judgment and full of compassion.

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