Additional testing and screening can be scary during pregnancy, but it’s important to follow through on your healthcare provider’s advice. More in week 20.
By now, you’ve likely had your anatomy ultrasound, which is done between weeks 18 and 20. If any abnormalities were seen, you have likely been referred to a high-risk OB/GYN, or a maternal fetal medicine specialist, who can do a more detailed ultrasound. Sometimes you may need to see other specialists too, or get additional testing (like an MRI) to fully understand how your baby is developing. This can be a scary time while you figure out what is going on, but rest assured many “abnormalities” turn out to be nothing in the end. If they are major, however, it is extremely important to get the care you need.
Read more about week 20.
Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020