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In an ectopic pregnancy, a fertilized egg has implanted outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. If undiagnosed, as the pregnancy grows, it can burst the organ that contains it and endanger the mother’s life.
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A chorionic villus sampling (CVS) checks cells from the placenta for chromosomal abnormalities. Most women whose pregnancies are not high-risk don’t need this test.
A contraction stress test measures the fetal heart rate to ensure that a baby can handle contractions during labor.
The first trimester screening (or first trimester screen) includes a blood test and an ultrasound exam. It’s done to see if a fetus is at risk for a chromosomal abnormality or birth defect.
Glucose screenings check for gestational diabetes, a short-term form of diabetes that some women develop during pregnancy.
The multiple marker test is a blood test done to screen for neural tube defects and chromosomal disorders.
This test checks to see if the baby responds normally to stimulation and is getting enough oxygen. It’s done to check on the health of the fetus in a high-risk pregnancy or when the due date has passed.
This quick test examines fetal blood directly from the umbilical cord. It’s used to detect disorders in the fetus.
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