Pregnancy Medical Tests and Definitions Part 1

Pregnancy is a blissful time!  There is nothing more beautiful than experiencing life growing within you.  It is also a sensitive 10 months for you and your growing fetus that requires attention.  If you haven’t already had your first prenatal visit with your doctor you will be told so much information regarding your pregnancy.  You will also be told of the required or possibly required medical test that may have names that sound intimidating.  Whether you’ll have a high-risk pregnancy or not it would be wise you were abreast of the various medical test and definitions.  Which is why we have provided them here for you.

“BLESS is he that readeth.” ~Revelation 1:3

“For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.” ~Ecclesiastes 7:12

The medical tests are categorized by invasive and none-invasive.  Invasive tests require going into the body to obtain a biological sample.  If a woman receives an abnormal result from a none-invasive test, this is when more tests, Invasive tests, will be ordered to take a deeper look into the concern.  The process happens with a needle inserted into the cervix, vagina, or abdomen.  These test are more risky than none-invasive test.  They check for chromosome abnormalities.  A extra chromosome is called trisomy, which can cause intellectual difficulties and/or physical malformations.

None-invasive test are unusually part of a normal routine prenatal visit.  They are performed without going into the body.  They usually require a blood draw, urinary or vaginal culture, or ultrasound.

CHORIONIC VILLIUS SAMPLING (CVS)

Pronounced, “core-ee-on-ic vilus” sampling.  Invasive test in which a small part of the placenta is removed.  It tests for chromosomal/genetic conditions such as;

  • Trisomies, which includes Down syndrome
  • Tay-Sachs disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • CVS does not test for Spina Bifida.

CVS is usually done before an Amniocentesis (Another invasive-test) between 10-12 weeks of pregnancy.  It is done two ways;

  1. Transcervical (through the vagina)
  2. Transabdominal (through the abdominal wall) 

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Possible risks are miscarriage, rhesus (Rh) sensitization, and infection.

AMNIOCENTESIS

Pronounced, “Am-knee-oh-sen-tee-sis.”  Is an invasive test in which a small amount of amniotic fluid is drawn using a needle that is inserted through the abdomen through the uterus.  The two main kind of Amnio are;

  1. Genetic- usually performed between 15-18 weeks of pregnancy.  It tests for chromosomal conditions such as spina bifida and down syndrome.
  1. Maturity– unsually performed between 36-39 weeks, prior to elective delivery.  This test is done to see if the baby’s lungs are developed enough to function after birth.

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Small possible risks are miscarriage, amniotic fluid leakage, injury to mom or baby, infection or transferring infection from mother to baby, and preterm labor.

 

 

 

CORDOCENTESIS

Pronounced, “Cord-o-cen-tee-sis.”  If both invasive test, CVS and Amniocentesis has fail to provide clear results, your doctor may perform a Cordocentesis.  The procedure is performed where a needle is inserted in the abdomen through the uterus to reach where the baby’s umbilical cord and placenta meet to obtain cord blood.  The cord blood is used to detect;

  • Blood conditions and infections
  • Fetal malformations, fetal anemia
  • Isoimmunisation

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This test is done after 17 weeks of pregnancy.

Possible risks are miscarriage, bleeding, slowing baby’s heart rate, and uterine infection.

 

 

 

If you should ever receive an abnormal test result back from a none-invasive test please remember this before the doctors begin to push such invasive tests as those mentioned above.  The Most High GOD instructs us to be wise and prudent, NEVER simple meaning,

  • Lacking knowledge
  • Not socially or culturally sophisticated
  • Not limited or restricted
  • Gullible

“1 O LORD, Father and Governor of all my whole life, leave me not to their counsels, and let me not fall by them. 2 Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and will set discipline of wisdom over mine heart? That they spare me not for mine ignorances, and it pass not by my sins: 3 Lest my ignorances increase and my sin abound to my destruction, and I all before mine adversaries, and mine enemies rejoice over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy.” ~Ecclesiaticus 23:1-3

 

Not that all those that provide health or wellness services to us will take advantage of us while we are ignorant in such situations, or IF this is even the case.  The point is, be wise and prudent, never simple!

“For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.” ~Ecclesiastes 7:12

“Let reason go before every enterprize, and counsel before every action.” ~Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 37:16

The mentioned tests above are RISKY for both the mother and the fetus she carries. NEVER be quick to put all your belief in one test result and than quick to under go such tests.  Don’t be afraid to go for a second or even a third opinion.

“This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” ~II Corinthians 13:1

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” ~I Thessalonians 5:21

That fact that there are doctors that can and have performed miracles is a blessing from God!  But don’t be fooled by the outward appearance and titles.  Remember, under that “trusty white” coat is just a man and the Most High and Christ warns us saying,

“Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” ~Jeremiah 17:5

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” ~Colossians 2:8

Please always remember and keep in the forefront of your heart who the Head Physician is… Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 38:1-14

Don’t we have a Heavenly Father that instructs us well!?  He has even provided us with His son to walk perfectly in the will of His head (God), which than, we observe and implement such simple yet vital principles that are universal in all aspects of life.  So you see!  This is why we have provided this information.  So you can experience pregnancy, as BLISSFUL as it can be, because of less stress of not knowing and understanding the most common Pregnancy Medical Tests!  And hopefully, inspire you to further educate yourself of everything regarding healthy pregnancy, birth, you and baby!

May the Most High bless my virtuous Sisters, and your babies!!<3<3

 

  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/amniocentesis/basics/definition/prc-20014529
  • http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/amniocentesis#1
  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/chorionic-villus-sampling/basics/definition/prc-20013566
  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/percutaneous-umbilical-blood-sampling/basics/definition/prc-20014135
  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/percutaneous-umbilical-blood-sampling/basics/risks/prc-20014135
  • http://americanpregnancy.org/prenatal-testing/cordocentesis/

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