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Prenatal Testing

Have a Healthy Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, get important prenatal tests and see your doctor or midwife regularly. Women who get prenatal care have healthier babies.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Amniocentesis: March of Dimes

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: October 07, 2014

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Detecting Genetic Abnormalities

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

Pregnancy & Prenatal Testing

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

Rh Factor

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

Rh Incompatibility

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

The RH Factor: How It Can Affect Your Pregnancy- (PDF)

This article provides a brief overview of RH Immunoglobulin (RhIg), and its role in preventing anemia and more serious problems in the babies of RH-negative mothers.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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