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Diagram of amniocentesis

Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis, also known as an Amniotic Fluid Test (AFT), is a diagnostic test usually undertaken between week 15 and week 20 of pregnancy, though it can be taken as early as week 11. It is a test in which about 20 mL of your amniotic fluid, which contains fetal tissues, is used to examine the […]

AFP test

An AFP or maternal serum AFP test is a blood test that is carried out between week 16 and week 18 of pregnancy to test for any potential challenges to your baby’s development. The AFP test can be combined with other hormone tests making it a triple screen, quad screen or penta screen. AFP or […]

Folic acid and pregnancy

Folic acid and pregnancy

Folic acid, also known as folate, is one of the B-group vitamins. The vitamin has several functions most importantly working together with vitamin B12 to form healthy blood cells and to develop DNA. It  helps to reduce the risk of certain defects in unborn babies, such as spina bifida, by contributing to the normal development […]

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