By weeks 10 to 14 of your pregnancy, the placenta has formed inside your uterus. It is possible to hear your baby's heartbeat with a special ultrasound device. Your baby's eyes can and do move. The arms and legs can bend.
This is a good time to think about testing for birth defects. There are two types of tests: screening and diagnostic. Screening tests show the chance that a baby has a certain birth defect. They can't tell you for sure that your baby has a problem. Diagnostic tests show if a baby has a certain birth defect.
It's your choice whether to have these tests. You and your partner can talk to your doctor or midwife about birth defects tests.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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