Routine Screenings to Monitor Health of the Mother
- Blood pressure reading
- Urine tests (eg, to detect urinary tract infection, protein in the urine, and signs of gestational diabetes)
- Lab analysis for infections, such as gonorrhea , chlamydia , and group B streptococcal disease
- Blood tests for:
Screenings to Monitor Health of the Fetus
Nuchal Translucency (NT)
Triple Screen and Quad Screen
- Alpha-fetoprotein, which is a protein produced by the fetus
- hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is a hormone produced within the placenta
- Estriol, which is an estrogen produced by the fetus and the placenta
Non-stress Test (NST)/Biophysical Profile (BPP)
Psychological Aspects of Screening
American Pregnancy Association http://www.americanpregnancy.org
Women's Health—US Department of Health and Human Services http://www.womenshealth.gov
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
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Fetal non-stress test (NST). American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prenataltesting/non-stresstest.html. Updated March 2006. Accessed September 12, 2012.
First trimester screen. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prenataltesting/firstscreen.html. Updated February 2006. Accessed September 12, 2012.
Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein screening (MSAFP). American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prenataltesting/afp.html. Updated July 2006. Accessed September 12, 2012.
Prenatal testing. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prenataltesting. Accessed September 12, 2012.
Quad screen. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prenataltesting/quadscreen.html. Updated September 2009. Accessed September 12, 2012.
Screening and monitoring during pregnancy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated September 7, 2012. Accessed September 12, 2012.
STDs & pregnancy. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/pregnancy/STDFact-Pregnancy.htm. Updated February 27, 2012. Accessed September 12, 2012.
What is Down syndrome. National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development website. Available at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/Down%5FSyndrome.cfm. Accessed September 12, 2012.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 02/07/2013 -
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