PREGNANCY/EVERY DAY LIFE: ANTENATAL CARE AND DIAGNOSIS

We strongly advise that throughout the course of your pregnancy you have regular antenatal (before birth) check-ups, to monitor that all is going well. These are usually routine and involve physical examination as well as blood and urine tests and ultrasound. The advantage of regular check-ups is that if any problems arise during the pregnancy, they can be diagnosed and treated promptly.

In certain circumstances your doctor may recommend more involved tests, which are used to identify certain congenital or hereditary disorders in the foetus before birth. Before you undergo any of these tests, we strongly advise you to discuss the details with your doctor. You and your partner may experience a lot of stress making decisions about having tests, waiting for their results, and then being confronted with what to do if they reveal an abnormality. Talk about it beforehand, and make sure you both understand the full implications of these tests.

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