Pregnancy: 7 Common Third Trimester Tests

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: Steven Doerr, MD
    Steven Doerr, MD

    Steven Doerr, MD

    Steven Doerr, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Doerr received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998 and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine from Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado in 2002, where he also served as Chief Resident.

Quick GuideFetal Development Stages: Month by Month Embryo Pictures

Fetal Development Stages: Month by Month Embryo Pictures

Amniocentesis

Although amniocentesis (removal of a sample of amniotic fluid with a long, thin needle) is most often done during the second trimester, there are certain conditions that may warrant an amniocentesis later in pregnancy. These conditions include a suspicion of chorioamnionitis or a risk of premature delivery, since amniocentesis fluid can be used to estimate maturity of the fetal lungs.

Ultrasound examinations

Ultrasound examinations may be performed in the third trimester if needed to help evaluate fetal growth and look for problems with the placenta.

Medically reviewed by Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology

REFERENCE:

"Protect Your Baby from Group B Strep!" CDC.gov. Updated Jul. 11, 2016.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/6/2016

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