Prenatal Testing in Columbus, OH

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Routine Testing

All pregnant women undergo a battery of tests early in pregnancy. These tests include blood tests (blood count, blood type, rubella immunity, hepatitis, and a state-required test for syphilis), a urine culture, a Pap test, a state-required cervical culture for gonorrhea and a chlamydia culture.

Rh-negative women are tested for RH antibodies around 28 weeks of pregnancy and receive a RhoGam injection. We routinely test for gestational diabetes at 28 weeks. We offer an enhanced serum alpha-fetal protein test (AFP) at 16-18 weeks, which screens for head and spinal defects and Down’s syndrome.


You may be asked to have an ultrasound, also known as an echogram or a sonogram. The most common reason for an ultrasound scan is to date a pregnancy, since menstrual dates may be unreliable in up to 40 percent of all pregnant women.

It is extremely important to have an accurate estimation of your due date for several reasons. If you should develop complications, the management of your problem is highly dependent on your gestational age. The earlier in pregnancy an ultrasound scan is performed, the more accurate it is for dating.

Ultrasound scans may also be used to detect multiple fetuses, to find many (but not all) types of congenital malformations, to determine the cause of vaginal bleeding, and to detect fetal growth retardation. All high-risk patients should be scanned at least once, and sometimes serially, during their pregnancy. Most patients are reassured by seeing their unborn baby move on the ultrasound screen, and some preliminary studies indicate the ultrasound scans may help start the bonding process even before birth.

Genetic Testing

Professionals for Women's health offers non-invasive genetic screening also known as cell free fetal DNA. Diagnostic genetic testing options such as CVS or amniocentesis are available at Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Biophysical Profile and/or Fetal Monitor Tests

If you have certain complications of pregnancy, or if you are at least one week overdue, you undergo these simple and non-invasive tests once or twice each week during the latter part of your pregnancy. These tests are not used in normal, uncomplicated pregnancies.

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