What is important to know during week 12 of my pregnancy?

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In week 12, you'll probably have your second prenatal doctor's appointment. At this time, your doctor may want to discuss additional screenings or procedures used to test for genetic abnormalities, especially if you have certain risk factors or medical conditions. It's important to discuss the risks associated with these procedures before you make any decisions. Some more invasive tests, such as chorionic villus sampling, may have a risk of miscarriage associated with them. Though the risk for miscarriage associated with most procedures is generally small - about 1 to 3 percent - it's something to consider. However, these tests and screenings may be important if certain genetic conditions run in your family. You may want to talk with your doctor about other upcoming tests or procedures like amniocentesis. Although those tests aren't done for several weeks (usually around week 16), it's a good idea to start discussing them now.

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