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Alpha-Fetoprotein Test (or AFP Test)

By Laura Leavitt

pregnant woman talking to doctor This test can tell you valuable information in your pregnancy.
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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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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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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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Group B Strep

By JustMommies staff

According to the American Pregnancy Association, Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacterial infection that a woman can pass on to her baby. Group B strep is bacteria commonly found in the body. It should not, however, be confused with the group strep A, the bacteria responsible for strep throat.
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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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Non Stress Test

By JustMommies staff

A prenatal screening tool used to help monitor the fetus’s condition is called a non stress test. The procedure is called a non-stress test because it causes no harm to the baby. What happens during a non stress test? A non stress test lasts about one hour. During the test, the pregnant woman is hooked
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NT Screening: What is it? What does it mean if you're high risk?

By Laura Leavitt

couple holding ultrasound picture Understanding "high-risk" is a good way to get the answers you need.
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Nuchal Translucency Screening

By Laura Leavitt

pregnant woman talking to doctor This non-invasive procedure will give you more information.
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Predicting Baby's Arrival: The Fetal Fibronectin Test

By Laura Leavitt

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