Several methods are available to determine if a cow or heifer is pregnant.
If oestrus signs are not observed around 3 weeks after service or insemination, the cow is generally assumed to be pregnant.
This section is an attempt to present an overview of the most basic prenatal tests most pregnant women in the US are pressured to have, including Ultrasounds, the AFP/Triple Screen Test, Gestational Diabetes tests, and under certain conditions, Amniocentesis.
It is further designed to address the special concerns that large women might have in taking these tests---their fears, any special equipment or techniques that might be helpful, the controversies over interpretation of results, whether large women have a higher rate of so-called 'false-positives' on certain tests and why, etc.
An ultrasound scan involves transmitting high frequency sound waves through the uterus.
These bounce off the baby and the returning echoes (sound waves) are translated by a computer into an image on a screen that reveals the baby's position and movements.
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Big moms are STRONGLY urged to read the FAQ on Ultrasound Safety and Accuracy BEFORE reading this FAQ, so that they can better understand the benefits and risks of ultrasounds before reading about their implications in women of size.
Large pregnant women face even more confusion, since prenatal testing can be slightly harder in this population, and the results can be more confusing.
However, since they may be at a somewhat increased risk for problems like neural tube defects, they also face greater pressure than others to have these prenatal tests, even though the tests are often difficult to interpret.
Early pregnancy diagnosis (1-3 months) Based on a combination of the following: Safety Rectal palpation is widely used and considered a safe method for pregnancy diagnosis in cattle. accuracy in detecting non-pregnancy) was only 39.3%.
Nonetheless early or inappropriate palpation of the amniotic vesicle may damage the embryo and cause embryonic Progesterone assay The progesterone secreted by a functional corpus luteum between 18 and 24 days after service or insemination is an early indication of pregnancy. Optimal assay time is 24 days after service or AI, this eliminates the possibility of long oestrus intervals which might result in false positives. accuracy in detecting pregnancy) of the cow-side milk progesterone (EIA) test was 93.1% in a study by Pieterse et al. A large number of non pregnant may thus be diagnosed as pregnant.