Pregnancy is most often a wonderful time filled with excitement and the anticipation of a new addition to the family. Besides these feelings, the early weeks of pregnancy can also bring with it a lot of unexpected anxiety. Like most expectant mothers, you are also looking for reassurance that your baby is healthy. The good news is, your doctor is as eager as you and your family to ensure that you have a smooth pregnancy.
Pregnancy is divided into three stages, each lasting about three months called trimesters. The first trimester covers the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. The second trimester covers weeks 13 to 24, while the third trimester is from week 25 to 42.
At various stages of your pregnancy—the first and the second trimesters—your doctor may recommend different tests to ensure that your baby is developing normally. One such test, recommended today in many countries across the globe, is called PRENATAL TESTING.
Prenatal testing helps identify pregnancies with Down syndrome and other chromosomal conditions. Prenatal testing is offered in two steps:
Prenatal screening: Assesses the risk of you carrying a baby with Down syndrome or certain other chromosomal conditions.