By Elizabeth Crabtree Burton

You have found that you simply or anyone you care approximately is pregnant. After that preliminary rush of pleasure, you begin to have loads of questions. Is the newborn fit? Is she or he becoming good? From the instant a lady suspects that she is pregnant, the trying out starts, and so do the questions. Can she belief the house being pregnant try kits? whilst is it time to visit the health practitioner or midwife? After coming to phrases with the truth that being pregnant has happened, the next move is frequently to fret approximately even if every little thing is progressing more often than not. With this booklet, expectant mom and dad will discover a transparent timeline and rationalization of the entire exams they could count on to obtain at every one degree of being pregnant, in addition to how and why they're played, and the dangers concerned. This booklet clarifies the professionals and cons of every form of try out, allowing mom and dad to decide on the checking out strategies with which they're such a lot cozy. It does this in a good, real manner in order to not exacerbate fears or implant concerns in mom and dad' minds of the entire worst-case situations. Prenatal assessments and Ultrasound: The proof is a useful resource of knowledge for expectant mom and dad and their associates and households, and also will be of curiosity to pros in most cases perform, obstetrics and gynaecology, and midwifery.

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In addition to discussing your general history, health, and answering any questions you may have, this appointment will often encompass multiple testing procedures. These may include some or all of the following: ◆ General physical examination and possibly pelvic evaluation. ◆ Cervical smear (also known as a PAP smear in the USA) ◆ Prenatal blood tests ◆ An early ultrasound (described in Chapter 7) General physical and pelvic evaluation At this time, a complete physical examination is likely to be performed.

At present, false negatives on screening occur 6 to 10% of the time. A false negative occurs when the screening test is normal, but the baby is in fact abnormal. In other words, present screening tests will flag 90 to 94 abnormal babies out of every 100 chromosomally abnormal babies. Those are pretty good odds, and many people are comfortable with that level of assurance. However, it also means that 6 to 10 chromosomally abnormal babies will be missed by the screening, and many people feel that is too many.

Abdominal examination, including measurement of fundal height: The fundus is the top of the uterus. While you are lying on your back, your provider uses a tape measure to measure the distance between the pubic bone to the top of your uterus. Measuring the fundal height at each visit allows the provider to assess the fetal growth. Fundal heights should increase throughout pregnancy at an expected rate. If the fundus is higher than expected, this can be indicative of excessive fetal growth or increases in amniotic fluid volume.

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