Prenatal Testing

What tests might I need during pregnancy?

Every woman has certain tests during pregnancy. Some women, depending on their age, family history, or ethnicity, may undergo additional testing.

Some tests are screening tests, and others are diagnostic tests. If your health care provider orders a screening test, keep in mind that such tests do not diagnose problems. They evaluate risk. So a screening test result that comes back abnormal does not mean there is a problem with your infant. It means that more information is needed. Your health care provider can explain what the test results mean and possible next steps.

The types of tests you may have during pregnancy include:

Routine Tests

To read more about this topic, from this and related documents, please see the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.You might also wish to see the HealthyNJ pages: Childbirth, Diabetes in Pregnancy, Prenatal Care,Pregnancy, Premature Birth and Problems During Pregnancy.

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