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NT Screening: What is it? What does it mean if you're high risk?

By JustMommies staff

How common is it for a test that checks your baby for Down syndrome to show "high risk"? This is one of many questions that may cross the minds of mommies-to-be, awaiting outcomes of tests like the NT (Nuchal Translucency) screen. The NT test is a widely recommended screen that checks for Down syndrome.
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Predicting Baby's Arrival: The Fetal Fibronectin Test

By JustMommies staff

Are you wondering if your baby might arrive too early? There’s a way to find out: Ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for the “fetal fibronectin test.” While the name of this test seems scary, it's typically a painless diagnostic test that offers valuable answers and peace of mind. What does
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Cord Blood Preservation

By JustMommies staff

Why Preserve Cord Blood? Why do we buy life insurance? In order to guard against the consequences of unforeseen events. Preserving your baby's cord blood is better than a life insurance policy. It can potentially preserve the health of the ones you cherish the most. Cord Blood Banking is a lifetime gift
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Rh Negative Blood and Pregnancy

By JustMommies staff

You are probably somewhat familiar with blood types. Your mom may have told you that you were O+ or B-, etc. Blood is grouped into A, B, AB, or O and also by the Rh factor, either negative or positive. Most people are Rh positive. This means they have an antigen on their red blood cells for the Rh factor.
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CVS: Chorionic Villi Sampling

By JustMommies staff

Chorionic Villi Sampling is a prenatal test where a small sample of fetal placenta (chorionic villi) is obtained to perform genetic testing. Chorionic Villi sampling is similar to an amniocentesis, but can be performed earlier in a pregnancy. CVS is usually performed between the 8th and 12th week. CVS:
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Alpha-Fetoprotein Test (or AFP Test)

By JustMommies staff

The purpose of routine pre-natal exams is to monitor the health of both mom and baby. Typical prenatal exams consist of obtaining the mothers weight, vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure) listening to the fetal heart beat and discussing any questions or concerns the doctor
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Slow Rising hCG Levels

By Rebecca Pillar

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or hCG is more commonly known as “the Pregnancy Hormone” – unless hCG is injected into the body or taken in a pill form, the only way hCG can be found in a woman’s body is when she is pregnant. HCG is produced by a growing placenta and can be detected by a urine
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Nuchal Translucency Screening

By JustMommies staff

Beginning in the mid-nineties, doctors and sonographers began implementing a new type of prenatal screening. The name of this new screening tool: the Nuchal Translucency Screening or NT screening. Performed in the first trimester via ultrasound, usually in conjunction with a maternal blood test, the
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HCG Levels in Pregnancy

By JustMommies staff

What is hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin)? Human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, is produced during pregnancy. It can be detected by a blood test around eight to eleven days past ovulation. HCG maintains the corpus luteum, which is responsible for progesterone production in early pregnancy. Progesterone
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Glucose Tolerance Test

By JustMommies staff

Around 24-28 weeks of pregnancy your doctor will likely want to screen you for gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that may develop during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is distinguished from other types of diabetes because it occurs during pregnancy, it was not diagnosed
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