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  • Tests can confirm your pregnancy and also monitor your baby’s development in the womb.
  • If you think you could be pregnant, you can see your general practitioner (GP) or family planning clinic for a pregnancy test.
  • Ultrasound is used during pregnancy to check your baby's development and to help see if anything is wrong.
  • Amniocentesis is a test that may be done during pregnancy to check for birth defects such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis or spina bifida.
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a test that may be done during pregnancy that checks the baby for some genetic conditions such as Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis.
  • There is a very small risk of the amniocentesis and CVS tests causing a miscarriage.
  • Some women develop temporary diabetes during pregnancy. ‘Gestational diabetes’ is diagnosed using an oral glucose tolerance test.

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Reviewed on: 11-03-2021