Prenatal Checkups Articles

  • All Pregnancies Should be Screened for Down Syndrome

    Nuchal translucency (NT), a non-invasive screening for Down Syndrome, measures thickness at the neck of the fetus.

  • Demystifying Drug Categories for Pregnant Women

    Mothers who require medication for a chronic health condition will be faced with a dilemma: continue therapy and possibly risk harm to their baby or risk under-treating a serious illness, which can be harmful to both. How do you know what drugs are safe during pregnancy?

  • Non-stress Test: Monitoring Your Baby's Well-Being

    Due to special situations like high blood pressure, premature rupture of membranes, twins or triplets, your provider may decide to order a non-stress test (NST). An NST monitors a baby's health by showing his/her baseline heart rate and also any increases in the heart rate due to movement. It's an easy, painless, non-invasive test that allows your providers to monitor baby's well being in the womb.

  • Are Vaginal Exams in Pregnancy Necessary?

    What is the purpose behind performing the vaginal exam in pregnancy? If it is patient led, meaning that the patient is the one requesting it, what would be her reasoning? On the other hand, if it is physician or midwife prompted, what are they looking for and why?

  • Choosing a Hospital and Doctor

    There are major differences in the way doctors and hospitals approach pregnancy and delivery. I'd like to spend the next few minutes making you a savvy consumer. The hospital is the most important choice you will make with regards your pregnancy. Is it baby friendly? Can it care for preterm babies? Take these and more into consideration when making your decision.

  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor About: Anorexia and Pregnancy

    How does anorexia affect pregnancy? Find out!

  • Prenatal Visits: Your First Appointment

    You might have been to your clinic for the official pregnancy test, but today will be your first official prenatal appointment. Our prenatal appointment planner can help you get ready.

  • Alpha-Fetoprotein Test

    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.

  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor About: Diet and Weight Loss During Pregnancy

    Why is diet and appropriate weight gain during pregnancy important? What dietary changes should I make during pregnancy? Find these questions and more for your doctor.

  • The Importance of Genetic Testing

    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.