Prenatal testing and screening are vital during pregnancy to ensure that both mom and baby are progressing through the pregnancy as expected. There are a host of prenatal screening and diagnostic tests, each designed to measure or evaluate a specific aspect of the mother or baby’s progress.
WHAT IS PRENATAL TESTING AND SCREENING?
Screening tests show the chance or odds of a developing baby to have a certain genetic condition, such as spina bifida or Down syndrome, whereas diagnostic tests are more accurate and indicate whether the developing baby actually has a certain genetic condition.
Our prenatal counseling is specifically designed to provide early screening for both mother and baby. It’s important that your health and wellness be managed during your pregnancy, and that all relevant prenatal screens and tests be completed at the appropriate stage of pregnancy.
WHEN SHOULD I TALK WITH A GENETIC COUNSELOR?
Genetic counseling is intended to help expectant mothers that fit one of any of the following categories:
WHAT MIGHT I LEARN DURING GENETIC COUNSELING?
Genetic counseling is an important part of your care. The process allows your doctor to identify particular risk factors as well as any birth defects or genetic conditions that are developing during pregnancy.
WHAT PRENATAL TESTS ARE PERFORMED IN THE FIRST TRIMESTER?
WHAT PRENATAL TESTS ARE PERFORMED IN THE SECOND TRIMESTER?
WHAT PRENATAL TESTS ARE PERFORMED IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER?