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Glucose Tolerance Test

Glucose Tolerance Test

Pregnant women can develop a condition known as Gestational Diabetes (diabetes brought on by pregnancy) that can cause risk to both mother and baby. A glucose tolerance test is a…

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Pregnant woman taking the fetal non-stress test

Fetal Non-Stress Test (NST)

The Fetal Non-Stress test is a simple, non-invasive test performed in pregnancies over 28 weeks gestation. The test is named “non-stress” because no stress is placed on the fetus during…

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biophysical profile

Biophysical Profile

The biophysical profile combines an ultrasound evaluation with a non-stress test (NST) and is intended to determine fetal health during the third trimester. This test is performed if there is…

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Triple screen

Triple Screen Test

  Also Known as Triple Test, Multiple Marker Screening and AFP Plus The triple screen test is a maternal blood screening test that looks for three specific substances: AFP, hCG, and…

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Quad screen

Quad Screen

The quad screen test is a maternal blood screening test that looks for four specific substances: AFP, hCG, Estriol, and Inhibin-A. AFP: alpha-fetoprotein is a protein that is produced by…

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amniocentesis

Amniocentesis

  Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test that may be recommended by your health care provider following an abnormal triple test result. Inherited or genetic concerns lead some parents to choose amniocentesis to…

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First Trimester Screen

The First Trimester Screen is a new, optional noninvasive evaluation that combines a maternal blood screening test with an ultrasound evaluation of the fetus to identify risk for specific chromosomal abnormalities, including Down…

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CVS Chorionic Villus Sampling

Chorionic Villus Sampling: CVS

  Chorionic villus sampling, often referred to as CVS, is a diagnostic test for identifying chromosome abnormalities and other inherited disorders. This test may be recommended by your health care provider if you…

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Pregnant woman with a sonogram

Ultrasound: Sonogram

An ultrasound exam is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to scan a woman’s abdomen and pelvic cavity, creating a picture (sonogram) of the baby and placenta. Although the terms ultrasound and…

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Urine test or urine analysis

Urine Test: Urinalysis

  A urine test is a routine test used by your healthcare provider as part of your prenatal care. Although urine tests are used in screening for pregnancy, this article is…

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blood tests during pregnancy

Blood Test

  A blood test is a routine test used by your healthcare provider as part of your prenatal care. Although blood tests are used in screening for pregnancy, the following describes how…

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Paternity Testing

DNA testing to establish paternity can be done before or after your baby is born. If you have had more than one partner, it is natural for you to want to know who the father of your baby is. Find out how.

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