popular topics in tests and appointments

  • How Diagnostic Tests During Pregnancy Work
    Tests and Appointments
    Diagnostic Tests During Pregnancy
    Diagnostic tests are tests that involve taking a sample of either the placenta, the amniotic fluid, or fetal blood. The samples are then sent away and examined in a laboratory for chromosomal or genetic abnormalities. The two main diagnostic test...
  • 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...
  • Pregnancy
    Week 20 of Pregnancy
    20 Week Ultrasound
    By 20 weeks, your baby's organs and body systems are well developed and can be seen clearly on an ultrasound scan. The sonographer performing the scan will look closely at how your baby's major organs and body systems have formed and whether ther...
  • Pregnancy
    Your First Ultrasound
    This ultrasound helps to accurately establish your baby's gestational age. This is particularly useful if you are not sure when your last menstrual period was, if you have irregular periods, or you became pregnant immediately after you stopped us...
  • 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...
  • Pregnancy
    Tests and Appointments
    Your First Prenatal Visit
    At your initial visit, you will meet your doctor who will be handling your care. She will ask you questions about your past and present health and about medical conditions in your family. You will also have a physical examination and blood and ur...
  • Pregnancy
    Finding a Doctor
    Prenatal Care Options
    Early in pregnancy, you will need to think about who you would like to care for you during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. You will also need to consider where you want to give birth since this will have an influence on your choice o...
  • Health-care Providers Before, During, and After Pregnancy
    Prenatal Visits
    Who's Who: Your Care Providers
    Several different health-care professionals will care for you during pregnancy and labor, and in the postpartum period:Ob/gyns provide the vast majority of care for women in pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. They're specially trained t...
  • General Health Printables
    Questions to Ask Health-Care Providers
    Refer to this list of important questions when interviewing potential health-care providers for the birth of your baby. ...
  • 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...
  • Amniocentesis Diagnostic Test
    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...
  • Due-Date Calendar
    Due Date
    Calculating Your Due Date
    Calculating Your Due Date The expected date of your baby's arrival is probably the biggest piece of news you'll take away from your first checkup. It's the date you'll memorize and engrave on your heart. Unfortunately, it's probably not the date...
  • The Benefits of Having an Ultrasound During Pregnancy
    Having an Ultrasound
    Having an Ultrasound Baby Talk Ultrasound is a way of using echoes of very high-frequency sound waves to build an image of the fetus on a computer monitor. It's a good bet you have no pictures of yourself while you were still in your mother's ut...