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Finding out that you are a carrier while pregnant can be anxiety-provoking. Fortunately, you have several options that will help you better understand the risk to your baby.

The father of the pregnancy can pursue carrier screening to determine if he is also a carrier. If the father is not found to be a carrier, your baby is at very low risk for Tay-Sachs disease. If he is carrier, you can consider doing an amniocentesis or CVS. These are diagnostic tests that will be able to tell you if your current pregnancy is affected with Tay-Sachs disease or is unaffected.Speak with your obstetrician or genetics professional about this testing.

For more information, visit the Family Planning page and the About Inheritance page.