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Fetal Blood Sampling

Fetal Blood Sampling services offered in Chicago, IL

Fetal blood sampling provides a wealth of information about your developing child. Obstetrics and gynecology specialist Dr. Suwan Mehra, MD, offers this service at his self-named practice that serves the areas in and around Chicago and Park Ridge, Illinois. To learn more, book a visit with a phone call today or for convenience, click on the contact page to use the online scheduling tool.

Fetal Blood Sampling Q&A

What is fetal blood sampling?

Fetal blood sampling is a procedure that removes a small volume of blood from your developing child. Never before have there been so many advanced diagnostic tools available to health professionals. While there are many ways to screen for conditions without blood testing, there are times when fetal blood sampling offers the very best approach and provides the most necessary information. 

If fetal blood sampling is a good fit for your pregnancy, Dr. Mehra works closely with you to ensure you understand the reasons for this procedure and what to expect. You always receive the full details needed to make an informed decision about your care. 

When is fetal blood sampling useful?

Just as blood testing guides and informs your health care, fetal blood sampling offers the same in-depth understanding of your baby’s physiological function. Some of the reasons Dr. Mehra might suggest fetal blood sampling include:

  • To identify fetal anemia
  • To screen for possible fetal infections
  • To determine fetal blood type
  • To screen for low fetal platelet count
  • To screen for certain genetic or chromosomal abnormalities

Fetal blood sampling is never the first step in the diagnostic process, but it is a powerful tool in learning more about your baby’s health.

What happens during fetal blood sampling?

Fetal blood sampling relies on continuous ultrasound guidance. This technology uses sound waves to create real-time imaging of your internal structures, as well as your baby’s anatomy. 

The ultrasound imaging allows Dr. Mehra to achieve a high degree of precision as he guides the needle through your abdomen and into one of your baby’s tiny blood vessels. It doesn’t take long to draw a small volume of blood and withdraw the needle.

Fetal blood sampling is an outpatient procedure. You can return home after your visit. Complications are rare, but Dr. Mehra explains what to keep an eye out for and when to call the office for assistance. When the results of your fetal blood sampling are ready, Dr. Mehra reviews them with you and discusses the next steps.

If you’d like more information about fetal blood sampling, schedule a visit to explore this option in greater detail. Book online, or feel free to call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.