May 21, 2012
Most parents would worry about the growth of their baby and whether there is any abnormality or not. Some want to unburden themselves of all their fears and talk all about it while others simply want to ignore thinking about the possibility of something being wrong. The best way to deal with the situation is to do abnormality screening with various pregnancy tests. These can detect structural abnormalities of the baby as well as chromosomal disorders.
There are a number of tests for pregnancy abnormalities but you do not need to take all of them for ensuring the health of your baby. In fact, abnormality screening in pregnancy depends on many factors which include what you feel about testing and the availability of facilities in your area.
Some of the tests for abnormality testing during pregnancy are:
The completely harmless screening tests during pregnancy are ultrasound scans or blood tests. These tests would indicate whether your baby has chances of structural abnormalities or chromosomal abnormalities. For chromosomal abnormalities, doctors would ask for diagnostic tests such as those mentioned above. These tests carry a minute risk of miscarriage and parents need to decide whether conducting them is a good idea or not.
You should take the decision after discussing it with your partner, doctor, friends and midwife. Moreover, a different set of diagnosis and screenings are involved in ruling out inherited abnormalities such as sickle cell disease, thalassaemia, cystic fibrosis and Tay Sachs disease.
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