Prenatal Care

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prenatal care.

What prenatal testing is done throughout the course of a pregnancy?

Dr. Charles Hageman explains what prenatal testing is done throughout the course of a pregnancy. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What prenatal testing is done throughout the course of a pregnancy?

Any type of exercise is what has been shown. Most of the studies done are in females and females tend to prefer the cardiovascular stuff. The exercise that helps the best with depression or helps the most with depression is any type of exercise. Females tend to be the ones that were studied and they tend to suffer from depression or at least documented depression more often than males so they study them a little more often and they tend to prefer cardiovascular exercise – the aerobic-type stuff. So that’s certainly been better studied but any kind of physical activity seems to boost the serotonin and other hormones that tend to play a role in depression.


Prenatal testing is performed throughout pregnancy to verify the health of the fetus and identify potential medical issues the baby may have, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon. Your physician may recommend the tests based on your medical history and that of your family, your age, your ethnic background, and results of routine tests, according to the NIH.

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and GynecologistsOff Site Icon , prenatal testing may be done to identify some of the following:

  • Down syndrome
  • Gestational diabetes through a glucose screening
  • Group B streptococci
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV
  • Rh antibody
  • Rubella
  • Tuberculosis

Talk to your doctor about the types of prenatal testing throughout pregnancy.

Learn more:

Gregory Siewny, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Charles Hageman, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Jiri Sonek, MD, Perinatal Partners