During your prenatal care, you'll be offered plenty of prenatal tests. While you probably won't need to ask as many questions about routine procedures such as blood and urine tests. But for screens such as ultrasound--and especially for diagnostic tests such as amniocentesis--you'll want to ensure that the benefits outweigh any possible risks.
Print this list of questions you may want to ask when your doctor says you need a prenatal test:
- Why should this test be performed?
- How will the test be done?
- What risks, if any, does the test pose to the baby or to me?
- How experienced are the people doing the tests, and how dependable are the results?
- When and from whom will I get results?
- What typically happens following good or bad results?
- How might the results change the management of my pregnancy?
- What could happen if the test is not done?
- Could we get the same information in another way? How?
- What is the cost, and will it be covered by my insurance?
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