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Your Guide to Prenatal Tests

The Tests You'll Be Offered — and When

The Tests You'll Be Offered — and When

Just like pregnancy, prenatal testing isn't the same for every mom-to-be. Most of the tests you’ll have are routine and part of all prenatal care, but some are recommended only for some women, based on their unique pregnancy.

Your healthcare provider will offer a variety of these tests, and in many cases you’ll have the choice to have them or not. Here’s a guide to prenatal tests, so you can understand when they happen and what they can tell you.

By Jenilee Matz, MPH. Published on May 6, 2013. Jenilee is a medical writer, health educator and triathlete based in Charlotte, NC. Updated on December 30, 2015.
Reviewed by Elisabeth Aron, MD, MPH, FACOG on September 27, 2015.