When my twin boys were born in 2011 via emergency C-section, I didn’t feel like I’d given birth. To protect me and my babies, a team of doctors had no choice but to strap me down and take that from me. All I could do was lie there clutching my husband’s hand in a white-knuckled grip.
As a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, I care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Many times, they have pre-existing medical conditions that make them high-risk; other times they develop a complication during pregnancy that warrants the care of a high-risk...
Quad and combined screening can offer valuable information regarding the pregnancy, but women must understand that the false positive rate will be higher as age increases compared to women less than 35 years old. These tests do have the advantage of being widely covered by health insurance companies and are thus available to the majority of pregnant women.
It is important to remember that the NIPT/cffDNA is a form of antenatal serum screening. Although it does not replace the quad or combined screening, NIPT/cffDNA does perform better at detecting Down syndrome, Trisomy 18 and 13 when compared to traditional antenatal serum screening.
If you’re looking to book a vacation to relax during your pregnancy, you’re in luck: air travel is generally considered safe for pregnant women.