Pregnancy is an incredible experience, but for some moms-to-be it's also a time of a lot of uncertainty and fear. Although the majority of an expecting mom's worries are out of her realm of control, wondering if something could be wrong with your developing baby can occupy a great deal of your thought space if you let it. In most cases, birth defects are rare and out of a mother's control, but knowing the subtle, early signs of birth defects that your OB-GYN will be looking for can help you feel empowered and informed, regardless of the outcome.
According to Healthline, there are many birth defects that be diagnosed during pregnancy through ultrasound, maternal blood tests, or other more invasive screening if necessary. Tests like amniocentesis (taking a sample of the amniotic fluid,) or other blood tests can also be done for more in depth results and analysis.
Knowing what these pregnancy screenings look for can help moms-to-be become more aware of what may or may not impact their baby's life. Although birth defects are rare, and range from very mild to very severe, whatever the case may be, it's best to talk about the potential sickness that an ultrasound can reveal, loving your baby through it all, no matter what the test reveals.