10First Trimester Screening

During the end of this first quarter of your pregnancy, a three part screening is often given to assess whether your baby is at risk or has already developed any birth defects. You may not even be showing yet, but your doctor will be able to determine so much through

ultrasounds and blood work.

Although this can be frightening to a new mom-to-be, early screening is important when determining risk levels for birth defects. An important point to remember is that you, as the patient, are in charge of what screenings and tests you want to participate in.

Discovering your baby is at risk for a birth defect can be devastating, but decisions will have to be made, such as whether you wish to proceed with further, perhaps more invasive, testing.

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