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Healthy pregnancy by Lynn Huggins-Cooper, Infinite Ideas

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25. Testing…testing…

Once you’re pregnant, you’ll be offered a barrage of tests. What do the results really mean? And how can you cope with the anxiety they bring?

It’s a hard decision – do you have the test you have just been offered or not?

Prenatal testing has become such a part of pregnancy care that we almost treat it as a magic talisman to keep our babies ‘safe.’ But many of the tests carry risks of their own, and you have to be clear about what you would do if the tests show there is a problem.

One problem with waiting for the results of tests is the unnecessary worry they often cause. You may feel as though you are ‘on hold’ until you know the results, and may even subconsciously avoid bonding with your baby until you are ‘sure’ ...

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