Gone are the days where you have to wait for your child to be born to test paternity. With all of the technological advances made in recent years, women are now able to test the paternity of their child while the child is still in their womb.

There are a few paternity tests that women can choose to take, but in today’s blog we are focusing on one of these tests: non-invasive paternity tests.

Non-invasive paternity tests can be performed starting in the 8th week of pregnancy, so fairly early into the pregnancy. Since this test is non-invasive, there is practically no risk to the mother or their baby, thus making this a safe & reliable option for women that are expecting and looking to find out who has fathered their child.

A non-invasive paternity test requires a blood sample from the mother and a simple cheek swab or blood sample from the alleged father. Fetal cells are already in the mother’s bloodstream, so because of this, DNA from those cells can be separated and a profile from the mother can be created for the unborn child. That profile will then be compared to the father’s profile and the probability of paternity will then be concluded.