Interactive Tool: From Embryo to Baby in 9 Months - What is this tool for?
Click here to learn how a tiny embryo grows into a baby. You'll also find links to helpful medical information. You can use this tool to discover the amazing changes that happen during a pregnancy. Get a close-up peek at the early embryo. See how much a growing fetus changes every few weeks. Read about what’s new every month.
Pregnancy: First Prenatal Visit - Topic Overview
Your first prenatal visit is likely to be more extensive than later prenatal checks. Your doctor will take your medical history and perform a complete physical exam. Medical history Your medical history helps your doctor plan the best possible care for your pregnancy and childbirth. It includes: Your menstrual history,including your age when menstruation started,whether your cycles are ...
Birth Defects Testing - Types of Tests
Two types of tests are done during pregnancy to look for birth defects-screening and diagnostic. Screening tests see whether your baby is likely to have birth defects; if a screening test is positive-meaning a problem may be present-a diagnostic test is done to confirm or rule out the problem. A negative screening test means it is unlikely that the baby has a birth defect. However, it does not ...
Birth Defects Testing - First-Trimester Tests
Screening tests The nuchal translucency test and the first-trimester blood tests are often done together in what is called the first-trimester screening. Nuchal translucency test. This test uses ultrasound to measure the thickness of the area at the back of the baby's neck. An increase in the thickness can be an early sign of certain birth defects,such as Down syndrome. This test is often ...
Birth Defects Testing - Deciding About Testing
The decision to have the test is personal. You must think about your chance of passing on a family disease, your age, your need to know about any problems, and what you might do once you have the test results. Your spiritual beliefs and other values also may play a role in your decision.Some birth defects-such as a cleft lip or cleft palate or certain heart problems-can be fixed with surgery ...
Birth Defects Testing - Health Tools
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Pregnancy: Should I Have Amniocentesis? Pregnancy: Should I have an early fetal ultrasound? Pregnancy: Should I Have CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling)? Pregnancy: Should I Have the Maternal Serum Triple or Quadruple ...
Birth Defects Testing - Topic Overview
Birth defects tests are done during pregnancy to look for possible problems with an unborn baby (fetus). Birth defects develop when something is wrong with the genetic material (genes or chromosomes), an organ, or body chemistry. A birth defect may have only a mild impact on a child's life, or it can have a major effect on quality of life or life span. Birth defects include:Genetic disorders such
Birth Defects Testing - Second-Trimester Tests
Screening tests Triple or quadruple (quad) blood tests. These tests check the amounts of three or four substances in a pregnant woman's blood. The triple screen checks the levels of alpha-fetoprotein protein (AFP),beta human chorionic gonadotropin (beta-hCG),and a type of estrogen (estriol,or uE3). The quad screen checks those three substances,plus the level of the hormone inhibin A. ...
Ectopic Pregnancy - Cause
Learn about fallopian tube damage, a common cause of ectopic pregnancy.
Ectopic Pregnancy - When To Call a Doctor
If you are pregnant, be alert to the symptoms that may indicate an ectopic pregnancy, especially if you are at risk.