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Nutrition and Prenatal Tests Vital for Future Parents in 2022



Nutrition and Prenatal Tests

Dr. Prasit Viriyakijpaiboon is a Thai obstetrician, sharing useful tips on nutrition and prenatal tests with families prior to and during pregnancy. The pre-pregnancy period is also referred to as “preconception”, the time before and between pregnancies.

With over 10 years of experience in this field, Dr. Prasit is also the CEO of Health Smile Company Limited which provides specialized medical services such as noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT).

Advice for future parents on nutrition and prenatal tests

Dr. Prasit highlights that before or during pregnancy, Vitamin B complex, iron, and folic acid supplements are necessary for mothers. Folic acid is recommended for at least three months during the pre-pregnancy period. In addition, screening for genetic abnormalities during the pre-pregnancy period helps detect if there is a higher risk of genetic diseases.

As soon as mothers learn that they are pregnant, they should visit a hospital or any nursing institute for antenatal care for a prenatal tests. Mothers may choose the Quad Screen Test or NIPT to screen for Down syndrome risk. For greater accuracy, he recommends NIPT as its screening accuracy is 99%.

This way, they might not need to undergo amniocentesis which may increase the risks of miscarriage and infection.

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Down syndrome, often presents moderate to severe intellectual disability and physical developmental abnormalities and has an incidence of about 1 in 800 to 1 in 1000, which increases significantly with maternal age

How has Thailand promoted reproductive health?

All Thai women have access to free antenatal care, including Down syndrome screening. Moreover, the Social Security Office provides support regarding child delivery expenses and monthly subsidies for child raising.

Screening tests that apply big data

Advances in Thailand’s genome database allow developing screening tests for diseases earlier than ever before. Data is collected with greater depth and focus, allowing medical professionals to retrieve data such as races, family characteristics, etc. All this big data can be collected and further processed so that the relevant risks can be identified.

Dr. Prasit feels that genome-related technologies are helping humans live better and promote reproductive health. He adds, “the highest happiness and satisfaction in being an obstetrician is when parents bring their healthy babies home without any complications associated with pregnancy or child delivery.”

About NIFTY®: Non-invasive prenatal testing

To learn more about the NIFTY® Test – the world’s leading noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), please see our website. The NIFTY Test is suitable for pregnant women from 10 weeks of pregnancy, with an estimated turnaround time of under seven days. There are over 10,000,000 NIFTY samples processed as of 2021.

About BGI Genomics

BGI Genomics, headquartered in Shenzhen China, is the world’s leading provider of genomic sequencing and proteomic services. Our services cover over 100 countries and regions, involving more than 2,300 medical institutions.

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