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Is there a good way of testing during pregnancy to know if your child with have mental retardation?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Good prenatal care

Obstetricians will test for most of the detectable forms of mental retardation, such as down's syndrome, during their assessment of a woman's pregnancy.
Tools such as ultrasound, amniocentesis, and choriovillous biopsy are quite useful, as is a full knowledge of the family history, .

In brief: Good prenatal care

Obstetricians will test for most of the detectable forms of mental retardation, such as down's syndrome, during their assessment of a woman's pregnancy.
Tools such as ultrasound, amniocentesis, and choriovillous biopsy are quite useful, as is a full knowledge of the family history, .
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Glen Elliott
There have been big advances in picking up some causes if MR, especially the disorders that cause especially severe MR. However, not all MR is genetic. Good prenatal care certainly is an excellent start to having a healthy baby.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Reduce risk by not drinking alcohol,smoking or using illicit drugs. Avoid fish high in mercury. Stay healthy and listen to your OB's advice.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not for every cause

First and second trimester maternal blood screens, fetal ultrasounds and some specific tests for women > 35 are offered.
Your OB needs to know any and all risk factors including a 3-generation medical/ mental health history including ethnicity, alcohol, tobacco, drug use, and your health, habits and history to know what else to order to detect those causes than can be found.

In brief: Not for every cause

First and second trimester maternal blood screens, fetal ultrasounds and some specific tests for women > 35 are offered.
Your OB needs to know any and all risk factors including a 3-generation medical/ mental health history including ethnicity, alcohol, tobacco, drug use, and your health, habits and history to know what else to order to detect those causes than can be found.
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibilities

In some pregancies the doctor will recommend genetic testing to see if there is evidence of any concerning problems, including possible mental retardation.
This is usually only recommended if there are certain risk factors involved with the pregnancy, the testing itself can have some risks, so it is not done routinely. Otherwise, for the large majority of pregnancies, no testing is needed.

In brief: Possibilities

In some pregancies the doctor will recommend genetic testing to see if there is evidence of any concerning problems, including possible mental retardation.
This is usually only recommended if there are certain risk factors involved with the pregnancy, the testing itself can have some risks, so it is not done routinely. Otherwise, for the large majority of pregnancies, no testing is needed.
Dr. William Holmes
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