Tests Performed During Pregnancy

Waiting for Test Results
As with other medical tests, you may experience both pretest jitters and the after-it's-all-over fear that the test will reveal something seriously wrong. Some people prefer to gather all the facts that they can. Others want to avoid thinking about it. Here are suggestions other women have found helpful in coping with the waiting time:

  • Remember that more than 95 percent of those tested receive good news, so expect good news and enjoy your pregnancy.
  • Understand how the procedure is performed, and why you had it. Women who say they received adequate counseling feel more secure during the waiting period.
  • Take brisk walks to reduce anxiety, and find ways to relax.
  • Share your concerns with a caring person. Talking through your fears helps put them into perspective.

Copyright © 1994 by Diana Korte. This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Ballantine Books and is copyright protected under international copyright conventions. This excerpt may not be reproduced in any manner, including electronic, without prior written permission from the publisher.

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