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Cross-cultural marriage pregnancy - tests required?

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    sunnysideup is offline Registered User
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    Cross-cultural marriage pregnancy - tests required?

    Hello ladies,

    I wonder how many of you are in the same marriage mix with me but would appreciate info and advice from any of you. Thank you!

    I am Oriental and my husband is Caucasian. Are there any special test required for us during pregnancy and post-birth? I read, in Matilda's guidebook to having a baby in HK, that babies of parents who are of caucasian origin should have the PKU test when they are 6-10 days old. The test is for a rare condition occurring in about 1 in 10000 babies, that if left untreated, can result in brain damage.

    I don't know if this apply to us since only one of us is caucasian. And also, are there any other tests required for a "mixed" pregnancy like mine.

    Sunny

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    Your baby will need the PKU test if your husband is caucasian. I am Chinese and my husband is caucasian and both my children had PKU test. As far as I know PKU is the only test required for Eurasian children.

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    Thanks momo for that confirmation!!

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    Momo- apart from PKU test for your babies after birth, did you have to do any tests yourself during pregnancy?

    Sunny

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    No. As far as I am aware PKU is the only additional test required for Eurasian children. Otherwise they have the same tests as other Chinese babies. I did not need any tests during pregnancy just because I was carrying a Eurasian baby.

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    Thanks momo for your first hand information!

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    Cross Cultural Marriage Testing

    Hi,

    My husband is Jewish, so we have had to consider a number of different tests. The most important is Tay Sachs which should be tested for really before couples begin concieving.

    RT

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    I'm chinese and my hubby is caucasian
    i have thalaseamia minor ( common amongst chinese and mediterraneans)
    I was tested because my brother and his wife both have it and they have a 1 in 4 chance of having a child with Thalaseamia major.
    I dont know that much about thalaseamia but I thought that the asian and med. versions were different.... but anyway my doc told my hubby to get tested (this was in Australia)

    Also my Ob Gyn in HK told me that since my huband was caucasian he should sumit an aids test as well as me having one......
    I just had to laugh it off, another one of those prejudices.
    Hubby was not impressed to say the least!

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