Prenatal checkup: week 8

Prenatal visits

Prenatal checkup: week 8

The doctor will confirm whether you are having a baby and also give you the due date. You might also see the tiny baby moving on an ultrasound. If you are older than 35 years, the doctor might recommend some tests.

What to expect:

What to ask:

  1. What prescription medicines are safe to take?
  2. How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?
  3. What screening schedule do you recommend?
  4. What’s the best way to deal with morning sickness?
  5. What symptoms and signs should make me go to the hospital?
  6. When’s the best time to call with questions?
  7. Is it still okay to have sex?
  8. What about stretch marks on my body?

To prepare:

Optional tests
Women aged over 35, and those with a personal history of chromosomal abnormalities are suggested to do the following test:

Nuchal translucency test: Use Special ultrasound to measure the thickness of the back of the baby’s neck. If thicker than 3 mm, it means the baby might have a genetic disorder. This test can be done after 10 weeks.

Amniocentesis test: This test looks at the fluid that surrounds your fetus in the uterus. Amniotic fluid has cells and other substances that can be used to detect Down Syndrome, Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Tay-Sachs, and similar diseases. The test can be done after 16-18 weeks and is 99% accurate. However, it has a small chance (0.5-1%) to cause miscarriage.

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS): A small sample of cells (called chorionic villi) can be taken from the placenta where it attaches to the wall of the uterus.  Chorionic villi have the same genes as the baby. CVS can help identify Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, and sickle cell anemia. This test can be done after 10-13 weeks and is 98% accurate, but it has a chance (2%) to cause miscarriage.


Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat (OB-GYN) (1 September 2021)


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