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  • Pregnancy
    Nuchal Translucency Screening
    Nuchal Translucency Screening
    An ultrasound scan, known as the nuchal translucency screening, is done between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy and is used to help assess your baby's risk of Down syndrome. During this test, the sonographer measures the depth of fluid under the ski...
  • How Diagnostic Tests During Pregnancy Work
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    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...
  • amniotic cavity of embedded blastocyst
    Week 5 of Pregnancy
    You are 4 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis is a microscope view of the amniotic cavity with the cells that will become the baby in a close-up. These cells will repeatedly divide and multiply, becoming more and more specialized at each stage of their development. ...
  • 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
    Ultrasounds
    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...
  • cells of the embryo week 3 of pregnancy
    Week 4 of Pregnancy
    You are 3 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis is a cross section of the ball of cells embedded in the uterus at this early stage of pregnancy. It contains fluid in the center and two areas of white cells with a darker streak of cells between them-these will form the embry...
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  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 38 weeks and 3 days
    Week 39 of Pregnancy
    You are 38 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis image demonstrates how your baby has laid down fat reserves, nicely rounding out the cheeks. The exact weight of your baby will depend now on which day you deliver since your baby will continue to grow in the uterus, although ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 36 weeks and 4 days
    Week 37 of Pregnancy
    You are 36 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayYour baby is now more suitably equipped for the time after the birth: his ears are fully formed on the outside and inside and he is used to hearing the sound of your blood circulating and your heart beating, and he recognizes your ...
  • Routine Tests Performed During Pregnancy
    Tests and Appointments
    Routine Tests Performed During Pregnancy: We Break Them Down
    You're having a baby! Congrats! Now that you're pregnant, you'll be seeing your OB-GYN a lot, and he'll be performing a whole bunch of tests.  It's important to understand what all these test are for, and what they tell you about your baby.  ...
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  • ultrasound of human fetus at 33 weeks and 2 days
    Week 34 of Pregnancy
    You are 33 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayShadows give the impression of hair on the eyebrows and eyelashes on this 3D image. Because this baby was lying head down, the view of the top part of the head is lost in the shadows caused by the mother's pelvis. ...