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What kind of prenatal tests are available to ensure the baby won't have any medical/developmental problems?

I've heard of the numbers of cases of babies with medical problems and not developing appropriately. Is there some medical tests that a pregnant women can have/request to ensure that the baby will not have any medical or developmental problems.

And in the case that there were any problems find ways to intervene to help the baby better.


Asked by Anonymous at 4:51 AM on Aug. 10, 2009 in Pregnancy

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Answers (3)
  • There is a screening/test you can request between 11-14 weeks along to see if your baby could be a carrier of downs syndrome. Your doctor should be able to tell you of any others and help you plan them accordingly. At your 20 week check when they do an ultrasound and usually check the sex they are usually checking all your baby's major organs like the heart to see all 4 chambers are functioning properly, they look at the lungs to make sure they are developing. They look at the baby as best they can to make sure everything is in order! Somethings however they may not pick up, but please don't spend your time worrying, it is not good for you or your baby! Everything will go like it is going to go, somethings you just can plan! Do what you can. Read books on feeding and parenting and plan for those things. Research your labor options and make a birth plan. Focus on the positive and Good Luck!

    Answer by Rebecca727 at 7:43 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • i did a nuchal translucency screening, does the same as an amnioisentecis sp? but there is no risk of having one done, like there is with the amni...
    but if your over 34 or 35 I think you still have to have the amnio done anyway

    Also just make sure you do all of the blood work for the baby
    at 19 weeks I had a anatomy ultrasound/ also when i found out the sex of the baby, and they check for irregular sizes and things like cleft lip, etc.

    As for prevention, obviously just be healthy and that will lessen your chances of complications

    but many abnormalities cannot be detected until after birth so you can never really ensure your baby is completely healthy, which is a great fear of many expecting mothers, but you kind of just have to accept that and do what you know to do,

    pre-natals, water, healthy living, etc.

    Answer by Dom123123 at 5:16 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • there is NO test that taking it promises positive results. Parenting is a risk. You can give birth to a perfectly healthy baby who develops problems at a few weeks or a few years. My nephew had Leukemia at age 5 yr; thank heaven he is fine now. You should talk to your care provider about what tests seem logical and worthwhile for you. Good luck and don't worry so much.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:39 AM on Aug. 10, 2009