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Don't let any provider try to bully you into (or out of) tests---listen to their counsel, do your own research, and then MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICES.
Ultrasounds use "sound" waves of extremely high frequencies to help figure out what is going on inside the uterus.
Kmom's own experiences with prenatal testing (detailed in the FAQs) have largely been negative, and she is certainly strongly concerned that so many women enter into these tests without really considering what they are doing beforehand.
Part of the purpose of this FAQ is to help women understand the scenarios they might face should their screening test come back positive for possible problems.
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.
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.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. Testing decisions vary greatly depending on family history, medical condition, parental beliefs, etc.It is also important to realize that most women take these tests without fully considering all of the implications of the test.Most women think of these as a simple test, a cursory part of prenatal care.She is simply pointing out that the issue is far more complex than most clinicians have patients consider, and that parents need to ask themselves the hard questions Finally, it's also important to note that none of these tests are mandatory.Although many women are simply told that they will be taking these tests, it is ALWAYS your right to decline any or all of these tests.Prenatal testing has certain advantages and in some situations can be a great help.Kmom uses certain types of prenatal testing herself, and under certain circumstances, might choose to use other types too.And because the overall bias of our technological culture is towards doing more and more testing, Kmom feels an extra responsibility to challenge the automatic assumption that more testing is better.However, by no means is Kmom condemning testing completely, nor does she criticize those who do choose to test.