Pregnancy Tests and Procedures
Amniocentesis is a procedure used to take out a small sample of the amniotic fluid for testing.
Cesarean section or C-section is the surgical delivery of a baby through a cut (incision) made in the mother's abdomen and uterus.
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
This prenatal test involves taking a sample of tissue from the placenta to test for chromosomal abnormalities and certain other genetic problems.
An episiotomy is an incision through the area between your vaginal opening and the anus. This area is called the perineum. It’s done to make the vaginal opening larger for childbirth.
- Fetal Heart Monitoring
Fetal heart rate monitoring measures the fetus’ heart rate and rhythm. This lets your healthcare provider see how your fetus is doing.
Fetal ultrasound is a test used during pregnancy. It creates an image of the baby in the mother's womb (uterus). It’s a noninvasive way to check the health of an unborn baby. During a fetal ultrasound, the baby’s heart, head, and spine are measured. The test may be done either through the mother's abdomen (transabdominal) or vagina (transvaginal).
- Biophysical Profile
A biophysical profile is a test that is sometimes used during the third trimester of pregnancy. It is often done if there is a question about the baby’s health. This may be because of other test results or certain pregnancy symptoms, or because your pregnancy is high risk.