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.

  • Prenatal Visits: Second Trimester Testing and Checkup

    During the second trimester prenatal checkup, you'll talk about how you're feeling and schedule optional prenatal testing. Our prenatal appointment planner can help you get ready.

  • Triple Test: AFP Plus (Multiple Marker Screening)

    The triple test is a maternal blood screening test that looks for three specific substances: AFP, hCG, and Estriol.

  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor About: Amniocentesis

    What do you ask your doctor about amniocentesis? Find out!

  • Prenatal Visits: Third Trimester, Group B Strep

    Today is your 36-week prenatal appointment. Your baby's close to five pounds now and may have nestled down into your pelvic area. Can you expect anything special today?

  • Gender Determination

    There are different methods of determining your baby's gender. This article explains those methods.