When you're pregnant, it can sometimes feel like you spend your entire life in the doctor's office. Whether you are getting a shot, withdrawing blood for testing, waving a wand on your belly, drinking gross juice, or answering a million questions, it really can start to feel totally, insanely invasive.
But take heart! These tests actually DO serve a purpose and, in most cases, serve to make your baby (and you) much healthier in the long run. So just how many tests are required? In a healthy pregnancy, there are many tests that need to (or should) be done prior to the birth. We consulted Dr. Erica Song, a partner at Englewood OB-GYN Women's Group, and Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, an OB-GYN at Yale and First Response spokesperson.
These are the 7 tests and why we take them, so listen up! See below:
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Genetic testing for diseases mom and dad might pass to baby just by coming together is often done before a pregnancy starts, but it can also be done at the first prenatal appointment around 8 weeks or so. "Genetic screening is done to detect whether the parent is a carrier for certain serious genetic disorders. A carrier is a person who has no symptoms of a disorder but can pass on the gene for that disorder to his or her children. Carrier screening is done through saliva or blood tests. If mom is positive, then the baby's father is tested. If both the mother and father are carriers, there is a chance that the baby will have the actual disease and be affected. Different genetic testing is recommended based on a parent's ethnic background and family history," says Dr. Song.