Easy Ways to Find Your Genetic History – and the Life Changes it Could Make

June 13, 2013

I had genetic testing done in the early second trimester of this pregnancy. My OB was looking for anything that might tell us why my past 2 pregnancies were so hard physically and ended earlier than normal.

Turns out, I have an MTHFR deficiency, which you can read more on here. Quite honestly, I still have a very basic understanding of it all even after lots of questions and research. While it doesn’t appear to have had any impact on Bella or the twins, it could have this pregnancy. I was placed on medications to reduce the risk even less, as well as special prenatal vitamins.

Obviously, I’m a big fan of genetic testing now, and often wonder why this isn’t offered to any woman considering or in early pregnancy to help avoid stillbirth and other complications.

On another note, my husband was adopted at a young age by a man who married his mother. He had no contact with his biological father, who passed away a few years back, so half of his genetic history is unknown to us. Which – impacts our children as well. We’ve often thought about testing for him to see what he might be prone to and pass on. I wasn’t sure how to go about this or if insurance would cover any of it. Then we heard about this campaign for 23andMe.com.

Genetic testing can be done in different ways. Mine was blood tests. 23andMe.com makes it even easier with an at home kit that requires a spit sample. They even carry kits for younger children.

My report from my OB was quite detailed. 23andMe.com provides over 240 health reports including:

So since it’s so simple, and could change both my husband and children’s health history and lives, we plan on ordering a kit for him. I know how much detail a doctor often needs in past history, paternal and maternal, to take the right steps to help treat you. We want to make sure that we have as much info as we can to pass on to them for the future.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  • Heather

    June 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Lol @Maria…I thought the same thing! Diana, I have been reading your blog for a while and I love how honest and strong you are. So happy you are happy and your pregnancy is going well!

  • Maria

    June 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and my heart breaks (and sings – current pregnancy) for you, and I HATE to be “light” but am I the ONLY ONE who sees “MTHFR” and thinks “MOTHER F**KER?”

    I am soooooo excited for your upcoming little one.

    1. Diana

      June 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm


      Maria – EVERY TIME I read it I think it. It’s awful! I thought it immediately as the Dr. wrote it out and I was like, “How terrible that’s what I see!” LOL.

      Great minds think alike. 🙂

      1. Anne-Marie

        June 14, 2013 at 11:09 am

        OMG I’m glad I’m not the only one! That’s exactly what I saw!

    2. Nicole

      June 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Yes as especially in reference to lovenox burns like a Mother F*@#$%.

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