Afp Test

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Missy - April 4

I went to the doctor's today and heard the heartbeat (YAY!!!) and I go back in two weeks (I will be 16 weeks then) for my AFP tests. What are those tests exactly? Do they take blood or how do they do it? When do I take the diabetes test?

 

BBK - April 4

From Medline: An alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) blood test is done to determine the level of AFP in a pregnant woman's blood. AFP is a substance naturally produced by the liver of a fetus. The amount of AFP in the blood of a pregnant woman can help diagnose whether the fetus may have such problems as spina bifida, anencephaly, or Down syndrome. An AFP test can also be done to detect other, more rare conditions, such as chromosome (trisomy) syndromes or omphalocele, a congenital defect in which portions of a fetus's intestines protrude through the abdominal wall. You will have a glucose tolerance test at 24 to 28 weeks.

 

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