Twelve-Week Visit

Body Changes

You may continue to have “morning sickness” but hang in there. Most women are over it at the end of this time period. Your clothes are getting a little snug so you need to think about maternity clothes. Invest in a good, adjustable support bra that allows for later chest expansion. Anticipate for the total weight gain when buying maternity clothes and bras; get a larger size. Fatigue continues but is improved by exercise and your return to a more normal lifestyle.

Fetal Growth

Your baby is approximately 2 1⁄2 inches long and weighs less than 1 ounce.

Special Instructions for this Month

  • Continue eating a healthy diet with plenty of protein, fruits, and vegetables.

Genetic Testing Options

Carrier Screening
As you prepare to grow your family, it’s important to know that there are genetic screening tests available that can help you understand the potential for any issues so that you can make the best decisions for you and your baby.

Carrier screening* can help determine whether you and your partner carry inherited health conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, that you might pass on to a child. A small sample of your blood is all that’s needed. Results are available in two weeks on average.

We look at several conditions:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Fragile X syndrome

Your healthcare provider will advise you if further screening is needed.

Watch a video to learn more about the screening:
Text “Carrier” to 99150
Message and data rates apply.

*Be sure to check with your insurance to see what your plan will cover

Noninvasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS)
The Prenatal Screen provides early insight into your baby’s development, giving you information about the chance of a chromosome condition like Down syndrome.

Normal development processes cause small pieces of DNA from your baby’s placenta to enter your bloodstream. The Prenatal Screen analyzes these fragments, called cell-free DNA.

The Prenatal Screen looks for the three most common chromosomal abnormalities:

  • Down syndrome Trisomy 21
  • Edwards syndrome Trisomy 18
  • Patau syndrome Trisomy 13

The Prenatal Screen is fast and easy:

  • Blood is drawn from your arm and sent to the lab
  • The sample is analyzed at the lab
  • Results are delivered in about a week
  • Consultation with a board-certified genetic counselor is available

If the need for further testing is required, you will be referred to Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Watch a video to learn more about Noninvasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS):
Text “NIPS” to 99150
Message and data rates apply.

How much will your order cost?

Many people have insurance that covers Myriad products and the exact amount you may owe can vary based on your plan or your individual financial situation.

Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll contact you via email or text to let you know your estimate is ready within a few business days of receiving your order.
  • We’ll file a claim with your insurer, who may also send you an Explanation of Benefits. Don’t worry – this is not a bill.
  • We’ll send you an invoice if you owe anything for your screen. If you have any billing questions, please contact us after you’ve received your estimate.

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