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Big moms should read THIS FAQ first before reading the other FAQ so that they can understand the full implications of ultrasounds in general, before reading how they impact big moms in particular."The technology of prenatal diagnosis is usually presented to us as a solution, but it brings with it problems of its own..technology of prenatal diagnosis has changed and continues to change women's experience of pregnancy." All pregnant women in our technology-happy modern society face confusing choices about prenatal testing, its advantages and disadvantages, and its appropriateness for them.
It's important to remember that discussing prenatal tests can be simple or incredibly complicated, depending on the degree of detail that is needed and the point under discussion.
This FAQ is NOT intended to be a full explanation of all the intricacies of taking and interpreting various prenatal tests, but rather a discussion of them as they pertain to large women.
This section is an attempt to present an overview of the most basic prenatal tests most pregnant women in the US are pressured to have, including Ultrasounds, the AFP/Triple Screen Test, Gestational Diabetes tests, and under certain conditions, Amniocentesis.
It is further designed to address the special concerns that large women might have in taking these tests---their fears, any special equipment or techniques that might be helpful, the controversies over interpretation of results, whether large women have a higher rate of so-called 'false-positives' on certain tests and why, etc.
But she has found through extensive interviewing of parents involved in such testing that most of them were simply unprepared to confront the scope of the types of decisions presented by prenatal testing, and that choosing such testing often changed the way a woman experienced pregnancy in subtle ways.
Readers may feel that there is a strong anti-testing bias in this FAQ.
A brief description of the test, its purpose, and the procedures used are given for each test, but the majority of the information is about the specifics of large women and the test.
If you need more detail about statistics, interpretation of results, rates of 'false-positives', etc., then be sure to research the many websites devoted to prenatal testing online.
The returning echoes are converted back into electrical energy, which is then translated into a two-dimensional visual picture on a CRT (cathode ray tube) screen.
Extra energy is lost or absorbed by the tissues, one safety concern of critics.
research any test before deciding whether to use it or not. For more information on prenatal testing, see the FAQs available from info on the Internet.