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Pregnancy and Newborns   - Pregnancy Tests & Procedures

Pregnancy Tests & Procedures
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A Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that may be used during pregnancy. The Doppler ultrasound allows the medical staff to evaluate blood flow in the umbilical cord. It may also be used to look at blood flow in the placenta or fetus, the American College of Radiology says.

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  • Common Tests During Pregnancy

    Common Tests During Pregnancy The following are some of the more common tests performed during pregnancy: First Trimester Prenatal Screening Tests First trimester screening is a combination of fetal ...

  • Maternal and Fetal Testing

    Maternal and Fetal Testing To evaluate the health of a pregnancy and fetus, many types of prenatal tests may be performed. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief o...

Pregnancy Tests & Procedures

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  • Biophysical Profile

    Biophysical Profile (BPP, Ultrasound Evaluation with a Nonstress Test) Procedure overview A biophysical profile is a test that’s sometimes given during your third trimester of pregnancy. It is typica...

  • Cesarean Delivery

    Cesarean Delivery (Cesarean Section, C-section, Cesarean Birth) Procedure overview What is a cesarean delivery? Click Image to Enlarge Cesarean delivery (also called a cesarean section or C-section) ...

  • Fetal Ultrasound

    Fetal Ultrasound Click Image to Enlarge Procedure overview What is a fetal ultrasound? Fetal ultrasound is a test used during pregnancy that creates an image of the fetus in the mother's uterus, or w...

  • Nonstress Testing

    Nonstress Testing What is a nonstress test? A nonstress test (NST) measures the fetal heart rate in response to the fetus's movements. Generally, the heart rate of a healthy fetus increases when the ...

  • Fetal Blood Sampling

    Fetal Blood Sampling What is fetal blood sampling? Fetal blood sampling is a procedure to remove a small amount of blood from the fetus during pregnancy. In the past, fetal blood sampling was used on...

  • Doppler Flow Studies

    Doppler Flow Studies What is a Doppler flow study? Doppler flow is a type of ultrasound that uses sound waves to measure the flow of blood through a blood vessel. Waveforms of the blood flow are show...

  • Second Trimester Prenatal Screening Tests

    Second Trimester Prenatal Screening Tests Second trimester prenatal screening may include several blood tests, called multiple markers. These markers provide information about a woman's risk of havin...

  • Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) What is an alpha-fetoprotein screening (AFP)? Alpha-fetoprotein screening is a blood test that measures the level of alpha-fetoprotein in the mothers' blood during pregnancy. ...

  • Biophysical Profile (BPP)

    Biophysical Profile (BPP) What is a biophysical profile (BPP)? A biophysical profile (BPP) is a test that combines a nonstress test with ultrasound. A nonstress test (NST) measures the fetal heart ra...

  • Fetal Movement Counting

    Fetal Movement Counting What is fetal movement counting? Fetal movement counting, often called kick counting, is a way a mother can help monitor the movements of her unborn baby by counting the numbe...

  • First Trimester Screening

    First Trimester Screening What is first trimester screening? First trimester screening is a combination of fetal ultrasound and maternal blood testing performed during the first trimester of pregnanc...

  • Amniocentesis Procedure

    Amniocentesis Procedure (Amniotic Fluid Analysis) Procedure overview What is amniocentesis? Amniocentesis is a procedure used to obtain a small sample of the amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus d...

  • Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)

    Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) (CVS, Chorionic Villus Biopsy) Procedure overview What is chorionic villus sampling? Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a prenatal test that involves taking a sample o...

  • Episiotomy

    Episiotomy Procedure overview What is an episiotomy? Click Image to Enlarge An episiotomy is an incision through the vaginal wall and the perineum (the area between the thighs, extending from the vag...