14 Common Tests During Pregnancy

Here’s what you should expect from prenatal tests and screenings.

Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

Getting pregnant can throw even the savviest mom into an unfamiliar world of medical and technical jargon. With so many tests, doctors poking and prodding at you, and strangers groping your belly, it can be very disorienting. Here’s a pocket guide to prenatal testing, so you know what to expect, what to watch out for, and which questions to ask.

FIRST TRIMESTER

1. Urine test: Get ready to pee in lots and lots of cups, ladies. You’ll be doing a sample at just about every exam from here on out. The first one is to confirm your pregnancy by measuring your hCG levels. The subsequent tests are to check for urinary tract infections, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes.

2. Sequenom/MaterniT 21 test: The MaterniT 21 PLUS is a non-invasive prenatal test that screens the expectant mom’s blood for specific irregularities, such as trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18(Edwards syndrome) and...

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