You're in the third trimester! You'll get to hear the heartbeat and you might even feel a playful or angry kick when your healthcare provider examines your bump. If you're Rh negative, you and your doctor or midwife will talk about Rhogam and your options at during this visit.
You'll be offered a first trimester screening between 11 and 14 weeks. The results of an ultrasound and blood test combine to evaluated the risk that your baby has Down syndrome, trisomy 18 or trisomy 13.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.