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Are Ultrasounds Safe in Pregnancy?

How safe are ultrasounds in pregnancy?

Ultrasounds, which were once considered a routine part of pregnancy, have many moms questioning whether or not they need this form of prenatal testing. While many expectant mothers look forward to seeing their baby on the ultrasound screen, some are choosing to decline the use of ultrasound since it is not typically medically necessary. Still, there is something reassuring about seeing your baby bouncing around on that screen, and ultrasounds offer the chance to discover the gender and screen for a wide range of abnormalities. But you should do a little research to ensure that your ultrasound is a safe experience for both you and your baby.
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Cordocentesis – Fetal Blood Sampling

Cordocentesis – also called fetal blood sampling, Percutaneous Umbilical Cord Blood Sampling (PUBS), and umbilical vein sampling – is a highly specialized diagnostic test performed in the second trimester to check for genetic defects in the developing baby.

During a cordocentesis, a doctor will remove a blood sample from the baby’s umbilical cord. (This is why this diagnostic procedure is often referred to as fetal blood testing, or fetal blood sampling).

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Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis risksIf you’re over 35 or at risk for having a baby with a birth defect, your obstetrician or healthcare provider may recommend that you have a prenatal diagnostic test called an amniocentesis. There are risks that come with an amniocentesis that you should be aware of, so you need to do your research before deciding whether to consent to this second trimester prenatal test.

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Prenatal Testing

prenatal testsAll pregnant women ask the question, “Is my baby healthy?” We all agonize over whether we’re eating all the right foods, if we’re doing anything that could harm the baby, and we even suffer through many uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms just so we can greet our baby in nine months. Your baby’s health and development is important, since we all want to have healthy, happy babies.

Although most babies are born healthy and normal, there are some babies who may need special care due to genetic disorders, prematurity, and etc. Many health problems can be detected during pregnancy through the help of prenatal testing.

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