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A Woman's Journey : Pregnancy : Women's Health : Pregnancy Tests and Procedures

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    • Amniocentesis

      Amniocentesis is a procedure used to take out a small sample of the amniotic fluid for testing.

    • Biophysical Profile

      A biophysical profile is a test that’s sometimes given during your third trimester of pregnancy. It is typically done if the health of your baby is in question because of the results of another test, because of certain pregnancy symptoms, or if your pregnancy is high risk.

    • Cesarean Section

      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.

    • Episiotomy

      An episiotomy is an incision through the area between your vaginal opening and your anus. This area is called the perineum. This procedure is done to make your vaginal opening larger for childbirth.

    • Fetal Heart Monitoring

      Fetal heart rate monitoring measures the heart rate and rhythm of your baby (fetus). This lets your healthcare provider see how your baby is doing.

    • Fetal Ultrasound

      Fetal ultrasound is a test used during pregnancy to create an image of the baby in the mother's womb (uterus).