Prenatal testing is a routine part of seeing your obstetrician during pregnancy. Learn about the CVS test, amniocentisis, and more.
All About First Trimester Screening
Discover what these early tests look for—and why they're needed.
Your First Prenatal Visit and Tests
Learn how your doctor will confirm your pregnancy—and what else will happen at your first prenatal visit.
is growing. My custom for the first visit just sort of good medical practice is to do a full exam of the patient head to toe at the first visit and that would include a pelvic exam. So, pelvic exam, a sonogram, blood tests , and lots of talking. Early, early pregnancy, the only way to get close to the baby is with a vaginal ultrasound. Later, as the baby gets bigger, then you can look through the stomach because the baby is closer and higher up in the stomach. Patients are always very, very worried about the transvaginal ultrasound. It's not such a big deal. It's really no different than a Pap smear . It's a very skinny narrow probe that goes in the vagina and just briefly angles in different directions to find the baby.
What to Expect at Your Ultrasound
You'll get your first glimpse of your baby at this test, but doctors will be ensuring that everything's growing just as it should.
accurate, a tiny bit more refined; and it's called the modified sequential blood test and so that's a blood test that's done at 16 weeks.
The Importance of Glucose Testing
This simple test looks for potential cases of gestational diabetes, to help prevent complications in your pregnancy.
do a 2-hour or 3-hour glucose tolerance test; and this is the diagnostic test to see if you really have diabetes on pregnancy. If that is positive, then you do have diabetes, then it's a combination of nutrition counseling to eat an appropriate diet that avoids high concentrations of sweets. So, you control the amount of carbohydrates. Exercise is an important part of it. So, diet and exercise are used to help keep your glucose levels in good control. And the way we know if you are in good control or not is you do some self-testing. These are the fingerstick blood sugars that are done and they are mapped out, and hopefully just with diet and exercise , that adjusts the numbers. If not, then medication would be used.
Do You Need a CVS Prenatal Test?
Chorionic villus sampling lets your doctor test for chromosomal abnormailties, such as Down Syndrome. Find out if this test is right for you.
expect-- to wait somewhere in the 10- to 14-day range. For chromosome analysis , results are 100% accurate.
Should You Have an Amniocentesis?
Amnio can help diagnose chromosomal abnormalities, like Down Syndrome. Find out if you need this test.
water through the membrane, which was called the amnion and into the amniotic fluid . And so the fluid is withdrawn and then sent to the laboratory to determine the baby's genetics or the baby's carrier type