Future Options In Pregnancy For Couples Affected By 5q SMA

5q Spinal Muscular Atrophy is the most common form of SMA; it includes SMA Types 1, 2, 3 and 4. We hope the information here will be helpful for couples who are thinking of having children or who are currently pregnant: 

  • who have had a child with 5q SMA
  • who know that one or both of them are carriers of 5q SMA
  • where one or both of them have 5q SMA
  • where someone in one or both of their extended families has 5q SMA, but they don’t know if they're carriers of the condition.

Please be aware as you read the information here that the different options available to you, and funding for them, may be limited by your particular genetic, family and individual circumstances. 

The decision about which option to choose is very personal; there are no right or wrong choices. You’ll want to make your own decision, based on the information given to you by the health professionals supporting you.

Page last updated: July 2019