Medical tests such as a pregnancy ultrasound can help your health care provider monitor your baby's development, while more specialized pregnancy tests such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) can help detect conditions such as Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis.  

In our section devoted to pregnancy, learn more about these types of pregnancy tests as well as the importance of prenatal care.  Also get information about pregnancy discomforts and multiple pregnancies.

Determining Your Baby’s Health

A considerable number of pregnancies are unplanned. In fact, around 50% or 1 in 2 of women falls pregnant without having planned to have a baby.

In such cases, it is impossible for couples to have a full health evaluation before trying for a baby in order to assess their genetic health and determine whether the baby they conceive will inherit any family diseases.

However, for the couples who are planning and trying for a baby, there is what is known as preconception genetic testing- this is ideal if you want to try to ensure the baby conceived is free of certain chromosomal abnormalities and hereditary diseases.

Your doctor or prenatal care specialist will first and foremost assess you and your partner’s family medical history to see whether there are any illnesses which seem to run in the family. Further to this, they may suggest carrying out genetic health testing to see whether you and your partner carry the disease causing gene.

Following this, they will discuss the likelihood of the disease being passed on to the baby, any likely complications and so forth. Couples can then decide, based on the risk evaluation, whether to have a baby of their own and adopt.

Prenatal Testing

A range of screening tests including ultrasounds are used to indicate whether there is anything wrong with the baby and monitor the health of the baby closely as pregnancy advanced.

Unfortunately, when it comes to certain conditions such as Down syndrome, a screening test such as an ultrasound will not provide a confirmation. So, if any traits associated with Down syndrome are spotted during a routine ultrasound, the expectant mother may be advised to undergo an amnio.

Amniocentesis and other diagnostic tests such as CVS carry certain risks such as miscarriage or injury to the fetus’ limbs. Pregnant women may be given the option of non invasive prenatal testing which is carried out with 0 risk using just blood samples from the mother.

The fact that the test is done using blood samples collected from the mother means that, unlike amniocentesis or CVS, there is not puncturing of the amniotic sac or tissue biopsy. Non invasive prenatal testing is offered also for paternity and a number of companies, including Genetic Testing Laboratories. The test is done using a kit and blood collection tubes. The blood is collected by a medical blood draw and a medical professional will need to do this.

Prenatal Care, Stages of Pregnancy and Teen Pregnancy

Taking care of your health is essential to the well being of your growing baby. Prenatal care means finding the right care giver for you as well as attending regular prenatal medical checkups.

Here you'll also find information on finding a doula and midwife, as well as questions to be sure to ask your health care provider.

Welcome To Pregnancy. Are You Ready?

Learn about the stages of pregnancy and follow your baby's development with our very own pregnancy calendar. Discover how to calculate your baby's due date and find fun ideas on how to announce your pregnancy.  

Also get information about the what your baby may look like week to week during your pregnancy and find out more about the differences in your body and your pregnancy during the different trimesters of pregnancy.

Teen pregnancy brings with it its own unique set of challenges. Learn about pregnancy myths and facts as well as teen pregnancy statistics. Here you'll also find advice on how to tell your parents that you are pregnant and about your options after your pregnancy is over.

Pregnancy Discomfort And Multiple Pregnancy

Experiencing discomfort during pregnancy is something all moms-to-be go through.

Learn about how to alleviate common pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, cramps and swelling, as well as how to minimize the appearance of stretch marks and varicose veins.

Eating for more than two? Being pregnant with twins or multiples is an exciting time for moms-to-be that can also bring with it special concerns.

Learn about staying healthy during a multiple pregnancy as well as information on how to reduce the risk of complications.

If you're a mom-to-be, working during pregnancy can be a challenge. Find out about how to stay safe from workplace hazards for pregnant moms as well as how to talk to your boss about going on maternity leave.

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Don't forget the importance of a healthy diet and exercise to your growing baby. Discover easy tips on eating right and staying fit during your pregnancy so that both you and baby stay healthy!

One common concern moms-to-be have is about sex during pregnancy. Learn about when sex during pregnancy can be unsafe and about comfortable sex positions, as well as changes in your libido during pregnancy.



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Fish09- you have to think about you and your baby. Do you feel that you could provide for the baby? Are you ready to have a child? I do foster care and we see this all the time. Your not alone. Just but your pros and cons together and weight out the causes. But main thing is think about your future and the child's. Be sure if you think about abortion look and the medical side of it. It has a lot of effects later on in life also cause problems when you have chides later on. There's always adoption. There lots of thing to look at. Don't just jump to one thing bc he is mad.
7 years ago
My name is eva ..I don't know if i could be pregnant right now and if i am it would be my second child..My period is due september 10th 2011 usually i get it a day before expected due date or the day after expected due date but i have been experiencing low abdomen pain such as a heavy feeling sometimes it can be a tight feeling to i have shooting pain on my hips and i have been tired and feeling sick and i am hot one minute then cold the next i have no symptoms of cramps as if my period were going to start any advice would be helpful thank you
7 years ago
I need everyones help its August 28,2011 and i already had my period for the month bt meh and my boyfriend jus had unprotected sex on august 25, and now im jus feeling sick ass ever and all i do is jus wannah lay soon can u find out tht your pregant? or is it to soon to kno? or shd i jus wait for next month to see wht happens?idk SOO I NEED EVERYONES HELP!
7 years ago
Ok ladies im new to this but i dont know what else to turn to. Here is my story. My husband and i have been trying to get pregnant since May 2011. I had my IUD removed in April 2011 and started my menstral 3 days later and has been a regular 30 day cycle since. I was suppose to start Aug 17 2011 and today is Aug 25 2011. I went to the doctor Monday Aug 22 2011 and they did a urine test and blood test and both negative and said no UTI infection. And that i was prob just a little bit late this month. I really think im pregnant but whats the chances that i would of got a neg blood test? I have heard of it happening. I have a 2 year old son and when i was preg with him i didnt get a positive at home test till i was a week late. And only had cramping like i was going to start but never did. And thats what i have now all i have is cramping that comes and goes but nothing else. What are the possibilities that im infact pregnant? If some one could please give me a little help that would be great... Thanks!!
7 years ago
Please help! I just found out I was pregnant yesterday, the father is my fiancé whom I've been with for 6 years. We have never used protection and decided we would welcome a baby into our lives should it happen. We are both about to graduate from college but live with his family, now he says he is unsure and wants me to get an abortion. I don't want that but I have to respect him too, it's our baby not just mine. I feel unloved by him even though it's a matter of finances, I can't help it.mi don't know what to do...
7 years ago