You may have an amniocentesis to evaluate prenatal conditions like chromosomal abnormalities or neural tube defects.
During this procedure, your doctor uses ultrasound to guide a needle through the abdomen and take a small sample of amniotic fluid.
Amniocentesis is typically used at or after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Cell-free DNA screening
After 10 weeks of pregnancy, you may have a cell-free DNA screening (cfDNA)
This maternal blood test screens for Down syndrome, trisomy 13, trisomy 18 and other chromosome conditions.
It’s important to note that cfDNA is a screening, not a diagnosis. It is possible to have a false positive or negative, and additional testing may be needed.
Chorionic villus sampling
Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) takes a small sample of your placenta for testing. It’s used between 11 and 13 weeks of pregnancy to test for abnormalities or specific genetic conditions. Depending on your pregnancy, your doctor may perform CVS either cervically or abdominally.
If you have diabetes, your pregnancy may be considered high risk.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists on the medical staff have experience caring for the needs of moms-to-be with diabetes.
Our team can help manage insulin and adjust doses as needed to keep you and your baby healthy.
Outpatient Nutrition Counseling program
Maternal-Fetal Medicine collaborates with Baylor Scott & White Health Outpatient Nutrition Counseling at Baylor University Medical Center to provide nutrition support and education during pregnancy.
You may receive these services if you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.
Through this program, you’ll have access to certified dietitians who support your well-being and nutrition needs.
Learn more about nutrition
Ultrasound monitoring of baby
Ultrasound uses sound waves to provide your doctor with images of your baby’s features and other information about your pregnancy.
Most moms-to-be have ultrasounds during their regular OBGYN visits.
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may have additional ultrasounds with a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist.