Your Pregnancy Quick Guide to Tests and Procedures: Everything You Need to Know about Both Routine and Special Tests and Procedures During Your Pregnancy


* Guidance on what to expect at routine appointments and what each test means* When and why your doctor might order a special procedure* What you need to know about tests in each trimester: ultrasound, amniocentesis, CVS testing, blood work, stress tests, glucose tolerance, and more

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* Guidance on what to expect at routine appointments and what each test means* When and why your doctor might order a special procedure* What you need to know about tests in each trimester: ultrasound, amniocentesis, CVS testing, blood work, stress tests, glucose tolerance, and more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738209531
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 135
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Glade B. Curtis, M.D., M.P.H., is board-certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the father of five. He lives in Utah. Judith Schuler, M.S., has worked and cowritten books with Dr. Curtis for more than twenty years. Ms. Schuler divides her time between homes in Wyoming and Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Part I Medical Tests during Pregnancy 1
Tests before Pregnancy 2
Tests for Pregnancy-Related Problems and Situations 3
Tests during the 1st Trimester 5
The Pregnancy Test 5
Routine Tests Done at Every Visit 6
Tests at Your 1st or 2nd Prenatal Visit 9
Physical and Pelvic Exams 11
Pap Smear 11
Specific Tests during the 1st Trimester 14
HIV and/or AIDS Test 14
Antibody Rh-Negative Test 16
Cystic Fibrosis Screening 17
Alfa-Fetoprotein Test (AFP) 19
Triple-Screen Test 22
Quad-Screen Test 23
Hypothyroidism 24
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) 25
Genetic Tests 26
The Quantitative HCG Test 27
Tests to Avoid during Your Pregnancy 28
Imaging Tests 28
2nd Trimester Tests You May Have 31
Measuring the Growth of Your Uterus 31
Glucose-Tolerance Test 34
Ultra-Fast MRI 34
Ultrasound 35
Where Ultrasound Is Done 37
How Ultrasound Is Done 38
Some Special Uses of Ultrasound 41
Transvaginal Sonography 41
3-Dimensional Ultrasound 42
The Cost of Ultrasound 43
Nuchal Translucency Screening 44
Amniocentesis 44
How Amniocentesis Is Done 45
The Risks of Amniocentesis 47
Blood Tests You May Have for Specific Problems 47
Other Tests You May Have 48
Fetoscopy 48
Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling (PUBS) or Cordocentesis 49
Fetal Fibronectin (fFN) Test 50
Tests for the Woman Expecting More than One Baby 51
3rd Trimester Tests You May Have 54
Group-B Streptococcus Infection Test 54
Ultrasound in the 3rd Trimester 58
Home Uterine Monitoring 59
Kick Count 59
Bishop Score 61
Nonstress Test (NST) 63
Contraction-Stress Test (CST) 65
The Biophysical Profile 69
Tests You May Have during Labor 72
Labor Check 72
Fetal Blood Sampling during Labor 73
Fetal Monitoring (Electronic Fetal Monitoring) 74
Evaluating Fetal Lung Maturity 77
Test to Determine Baby's Oxygen Levels 78
Inducing Labor 78
Tests for Your Newborn 79
Apgar Score 80
Blood Tests 81
Coombs Test 81
Reflex Assessment 82
Neonatal Maturity Assessment 82
Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale 82
Other Newborn Tests 83
Your After-Pregnancy Checkup 84
Hematocrit 87
Part II Medical Procedures during Pregnancy 89
Maternal Procedures during Pregnancy 89
McDonald's Cerclage for an Incompetent Cervix 89
Rh-Sensitivity and RhoGAM 91
Fetal Procedures and Surgeries 95
Open Surgery 96
Closed-Uterus Surgery 97
Inducing Labor 97
Ripening the Cervix for Induction 99
Rupturing Membranes 100
Stripping Membranes 101
Anesthesia 101
Epidural Block 102
Spinal Block 102
General Anesthesia 103
Local Block 103
Episiotomy 103
Repair of an Episiotomy 105
Forceps Delivery and Vacuum Extraction 106
Removal of the Placenta 106
Manual Removal 106
D&C for a Retained Placenta 107
Tubal Ligation after Delivery? 107
Glossary 111
Index 127
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