Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) Mothers blood is tested to detect abnormal levels of protein AFP No known risk
Ultrasound or sonogram Sound waves are used to make a video image of the unborn baby. No known risk http://www.muschea lth.com/video/Defaul t.aspx?videoid=1005 5http://www.muschea lth.com/video/Defaul t.aspx?videoid=1005 5
Amniocentesis A small amount of amniotic fluid is removed and tested. Some risk to fetus. http://www.muschea lth.com/video/Defaul t.aspx?videoid=1005 5http://www.muschea lth.com/video/Defaul t.aspx?videoid=1005 5
Chorionic Villi Sampling Samples of tissue from the membrane that encases the fetus are removed and tested. Greater risk than amniocentesis http://www.muschealth. com/video/Default.aspx ?videoid=10055http://www.muschealth. com/video/Default.aspx ?videoid=10055
Alcohol Fetal Alcohol Syndrome –Incurable condition found in some children of mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy –Wide range of physical and mental disabilities that last a lifetime –Facial deformity, delayed physical growth, heart defects, & hyperactivity
Mental retardation and severe learning problems Alcohol interferes with tissue growth and development Brain tissue is easily injured by alcohol Poor coordination and difficulty controlling behavior
Other Harmful Drugs Medicines – both over-the-counter and prescription Caffeine – found in some foods and beverages Nicotine and other toxic chemicals found in cigarettes Illegal drugs and inhalants
Hazardous Chemicals and Substances Paint Pesticides used to exterminate bugs Lead (in water and paint) Carbon monoxide Mercury (found in fish, such as swordfish and shark) Solvents, paint thinners, and formaldehyde (used in some workplaces)
Infections Some pose a greater risk than others
Rubella Can cause severe birth defects First three months most critical –Blindness –Deafness –Heart disease –Mental retardation
Toxoplasmosis An infection caused by a parasite Can cause blindness, hearing loss, & learning disabilities Death or long-term mental disabilities Miscarriage or stillbirth A pregnant woman should never clean a cats litter box, eat undercooked meat, and should wash hands thoroughly and immediately after touching raw meat.
Chicken Pox If an expectant mother gets chicken pox during the first half of her pregnancy, her baby is at slight risk of getting a condition called congenital varicella syndrome –Scarring of the skin, limb defects, eye problems, and other serious abnormalities, miscarriage
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Some can be passed on to the child during the birth process –Syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, genital herpes, AIDS, and Chlamydia –Newborns are treated with a solution that will kill any gonorrhea germs that could cause blindness
AIDS 35 to 65% risk the virus will be passed on to the baby. Attacks the brain The infected babies often have seizures and retarded mental development.