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HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.

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Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)

This is a diagnostic test carried out during the 10th-12th week of pregnancy (earlier than an amniocentesis). A small sample of tissue is taken for analysis from the outer edge of the placenta. It may be offered if you have a family history of genetic disorders, or if you have previously had an affected child.

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