• Pregnancy
    Chorionic Villus Sampling
    Comparing Chorionic Villus Sampling and Amniocentesis
    There are two ways of doing chorionic villus sampling. In the transabdominal method, a fine needle is placed through the abdomen to collect placental fragments. In the transcervical procedure, a thin tube (catheter) is inserted into the cervix. T...
  • Screening tests in First Trimester of Pregnancy
    Genetic Testing and Screenings
    Screening Tests During Pregnancy
    In addition to Down syndrome, screening tests also assess the risk of another chromosomal abnormality called trisomy 18. Babies with this condition have more severe mental and physical abnormalities than babies with Down syndrome and seldom survi...
  • human fetus and umbilical cord at 10 weeks and 4 days
    Week 11 of Pregnancy
    You are 10 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe umbilical cord gradually becomes more coiled as the pregnancy progresses-as seen here on the left of the image. This coiling is thought to occur because of the many movements the embryo makes. ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 29 weeks and 4 days
    Week 30 of Pregnancy
    You are 29 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayIn this image a hand is held up to the forehead and, to the right, part of a foot can be seen. The groove between the nose and the upper lip is visible and the nose has the characteristic "button" shape. It looks cramped in there b...
  • ultrasound of human fetus as 27 weeks and 4 days
    Week 28 of Pregnancy
    You are 27 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis baby's back is turned and she's facing away from the ultrasound scanner. The skin is much less transparent than before since your baby is constantly laying down fat reserves beneath it. This fat accounts, in part, for much of ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus brain at 13 weeks and 2 days
    Week 14 of Pregnancy
    You are 13 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis scan shows a cross section of your baby's brain, with the two hemispheres clearly seen. From this point on, your baby's brain measurement from one side to the other, taken just above the ear, is used as a reliable indicator of...
  • human fetus at 9 weeks and 2 days
    Week 10 of Pregnancy
    You are 9 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe baby now begins to bend her wrists. The natural position is for the limbs to be slightly bent at all joints, especially in the early stages. There is a more distinct neck area as the baby's head is now slightly lifted off the c...
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  • human fetus and umbilical cord at 10 weeks and 4 days
    Week 11 of Pregnancy
    You are 10 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe umbilical cord gradually becomes more coiled as the pregnancy progresses-as seen here on the left of the image. This coiling is thought to occur because of the many movements the embryo makes. ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 9 weeks and 6 days
    Week 10 of Pregnancy
    You are 9 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe umbilical cord widens where it enters the baby's abdomen. This bulge is necessary to accommodate the bowel that is forming underneath at this stage of development. The bones of the head are not yet fully formed. ...
  • human fetus at 9 weeks and 2 days
    Week 10 of Pregnancy
    You are 9 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe baby now begins to bend her wrists. The natural position is for the limbs to be slightly bent at all joints, especially in the early stages. There is a more distinct neck area as the baby's head is now slightly lifted off the c...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 9 weeks and 6 days
    Week 10 of Pregnancy
    You are 9 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe umbilical cord widens where it enters the baby's abdomen. This bulge is necessary to accommodate the bowel that is forming underneath at this stage of development. The bones of the head are not yet fully formed. ...
  • sperm cells
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 9 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideIn your partner's body, sperm is constantly being produced. Here the sperm cells can be seen: they consist of a head (green), which contains the genetic material, and fertilizes the egg, and a tail (blue), which propels the...
  • Birth Defects Risk and Genetic Counseling
    Genetic Testing and Screenings
    Worrying About Birth Defects
    Worrying About Birth Defects All pregnant women worry about bearing a child with a birth defect, but some women have more reason to worry than others. If you are over age 35, have a history of bearing a child or children with a birth defect, or...
  • CVS Testing Versus Amniocentesis
    Chorionic Villus Sampling
    What Is Chorionic Villus Sampling?
    What Is Chorionic Villus Sampling? Baby Talk Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a diagnostic test that can be given as early as the 9th week of pregnancy to identify or rule out certain birth defects. Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a diagnos...
  • sperm cells
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 9 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideIn your partner's body, sperm is constantly being produced. Here the sperm cells can be seen: they consist of a head (green), which contains the genetic material, and fertilizes the egg, and a tail (blue), which propels the...
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  • Amniocentesis Diagnostic Test
    Amniocentesis
    What Is Amniocentesis?
    What Is Amniocentesis? Baby Talk Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test that withdraws fluid from the sac surrounding the fetus to diagnose a number of birth defects. Amniocentesis is a procedure used to withdraw a small amount of amniotic fluid (th...