For the first time, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have sequenced the genome of a fetus using only a mother's blood sample.
Understanding your genetic inheritance is one of the most important things you can do to take charge of your health and that of your loved ones. If you're thinking of having children or have a family history of disease, genetic testing can provide valuable information.
When is the right time to do the amniocentesis test?
If your pregnancy is progressing normally, you probably will be visiting our doctors and nurses every other week during this time period. At 36 weeks gestation, your provider may schedule weekly visits until your baby arrives. At each visit you can expect the routine:
- Your weight measured
- Your blood pressure taken
- Your urine analyzed
- Your abdomen measured to check you baby's growth (fundal height)
- Your baby's heartbeat listened to
- A vaginal exam may be done at each visit to:
MSAFP is a screening test that examines the level of alpha-fetoprotein in the mother's blood during pregnancy. Because it is measuring the level of alpha-fetoprotein, it is often referred to as an AFP test. This is not a diagnostic test. It is often part of the triple test screening that assesses whether further diagnostic testing may be needed.