Your Pregnancy, Week 11

During your pregnancy, you may be faced with lots of decisions. Some of them may not be easy. Your healthcare provider may suggest tests. These tests can help spot possible risks or problems with your baby.

Prenatal testing ranges from common tests, such as ultrasound and blood tests, to more invasive tests. These may include testing the amniotic fluid or the placental tissues. 

Your healthcare provider can help you decide what tests you need. Some tests, called screening tests, are offered to all pregnant women.  Other tests give a diagnosis.  You may be offered diagnosis testing if you have certain risk factors. These include a family history of a genetic disease or a chromosomal problem. You may also be offered this type of test if you’re older than 35 or if there were issues seen on an ultrasound.

Ask your healthcare provider questions and talk with your partner and family. Get support from specialists, such as a genetic counselor. This can help you make the best decision for your family.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bowers, Nancy, RN, BSN, MPHFoley, Maryann, RN, BSN

Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2016

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