Amniocentesis is the most common prenatal test used to rule out certain birth defects and genetic disorders. The decision to have amniocentesis requires careful planning and thoughtful discussion with your family and doctor.
Review Date: December 29, 2014
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
Some tests can detect genetic abnormalities before birth. By learning about these problems before birth, you can help plan your child’s health care in advance, and in some cases even treat the disorder while the baby is still in the womb.
Review Date: June 25, 2012
American Academy of Pediatrics
Prenatal tests performed during pregnancy screen for and diagnose any existing problems that may affect the mother’s or baby’s health so doctors can identify and address problems as they arise.
Review Date: June 27, 2012
American Association for Clinical Chemistry
If you're not sure what your Rh factor is and think you're pregnant, it's important to start regular prenatal care as soon as possible — including blood-type testing. Your Rh factor may play a role in your baby's health, so it's important to know this information early in your pregnancy.
Review Date: August 13, 2012
American Academy of Family Physicians
Be sure to have a blood-type test to determine your Rh factor when you become pregnant. This article explains why.
Review Date: February 22, 2012
The Nemours Foundation