Prenatal testing during pregnancy

What Happens at Your First Prenatal Appointment?

Your first prenatal visit will likely be the longest as there are many questions both you and your doctor will have. Here is a breakdown of the first prenatal appointment. ... read more »

Chorionic Villus Sampling and Maternal/Fetal DNA

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) can be used to test for various chromosome disorders in pregnancy. Researchers from the University of Florence recently completed a study into the impact of CVS on maternal/fetal cell-free DNA levels. ... read more »

Contraction Stress Test or Oxytocin Challenge Test

A stress test, also known as a "contraction stress test," involves hospital admission and induction of contractions to determine fetal health. ... read more »

The Quad Screen Test

The quad marker screen is a blood test done between 15 and 20 weeks (usually closer to 15 weeks), that will help to recognize the risk of the fetus having certain birth defects. ... read more »

Group B Strep - GBS

Around 35-37 weeks of the pregnancy women are often screened for the presence of GBS or Group B Streptococcus bacillus in the vagina. ... read more »

Fetal Kick Baby Movement Count Literature

Literature of Fetal Movement Count Baby Kick Count ... read more »

What Prenatal Tests Should I Have?

What prenatal tests should I have done? ... read more »

Routine Blood Tests in Pregnancy and Prenatal Testing

Which routine blood tests are done at the first prenatal visit? ... read more »

Amniocentesis Instructions

What to do and what not to do when getting Amniocentesis. ... read more »

Amniocentesis - Indications

What are the reasons for doing a genetic amniocentesis? ... read more »

Multiple Marker - Triple or Quadruple Screen

The multiple marker test (sometimes referred to as the triple screen) can tell you if your baby is at an increased risk of having certain birth defects and genetic abnormalities. ... read more »

The Latest News in Prenatal Screening

The latest news in prenatal screening involves the science of genetics but a true picture of a developingbaby's health is best assessed when a suspicious DNA result is confirmed or discounted after a series of tests is performed. ... read more »

Determination of the Gestational Age During Pregnancy

Doctors use various methods to determine gestational age of a pregnancy.The most common test is the ultrasound, which measures the size of the gestational sac and the length between crown and rump. ... read more »

Prenatal Pregnancy Tests

Once you get that positive result and know you're pregnant, you want the right tests and assurances about the health of you and your unborn child. That's where prenatal testing comes in. ... read more »

First Visit Tests in Pregnancy

There are several tests done at the first visit in pregnancy with your doctor. ... read more »

Daily Monitoring of Fetal Movements for High-Risk Pregnancies

Daily monitoring of fetal movements starting at 26 to 32 weeks should be done in all pregnancies with risk factors for adverse perinatal outcome. (I-A) ... read more »

Prenatal Tests Before and During Pregnancy

Learn all about the prenatal testing and exams that take place during each pregnancy trimester. ... read more »

Non-Stress Test - NST

A nonstress test (NST) is a test done during the last three to four months of pregnancy in certain high-risk situations, usually to evaluate the fetus' health. ... read more »

Amniocentesis and CVS

Many pregnant women over the age of 35 choose prenatal testing due to the increased chance of chromosome disorders with pregnancies occurring late in life, such as amniocentesis and CVS. ... read more »

Amniocentesis: Signs of Problems

What are some of the signs? ... read more »

Down Syndrome Screening

You can screen for Down syndrome by ultrasound as early as 11-12 weeks. Screening is done with an ultrasound examination and two blood tests, and it can detect up to 90% of Down syndrome fetuses. ... read more »