Carolinas HealthCare System

Preparing for Your Appointment

Maternal-fetal medicine consultation

Please ask your obstetrician and any other medical professionals involved in your care to fax your medical records to our office prior to your appointment. This helps our physicians better understand your medical history so that he/she may discuss specific recommendations for care during your pregnancy. Also, please bring a list of any medications that you are currently taking to your first appointment.

Genetic counseling

Please bring information to your appointment regarding your and your partner's family history. Consider asking about any relatives with birth defects, mental impairment, genetic syndromes or other chronic medical conditions.  If available, bring along medical records containing information regarding a relative's diagnosis. You may wish to bring a list of questions that you would like answered during the genetic counseling session. We encourage your partner to attend, as we will be asking information about the family history of both parents.

Chorionic villus sampling procedure

To receive an accurate reading, you will need a full bladder for the chorionic villus sampling (CVS) procedure. Please begin drinking extra fluids once you arrive at our center. You will first have genetic counseling and ultrasound, followed by the CVS procedure. Please notify our office if you are sick and/or have a fever before the procedure. We would also like to know if you have mitral valve prolapse (leaky heart valve), active herpes infection or if you are allergic to iodine or chlorhexadine (a cleansing solution). Please contact us one week prior to your appointment if you are taking daily aspirin or a blood thinner for further instructions.


There is no special preparation necessary for your amniocentesis. You will have genetic counseling and ultrasound before this procedure is performed. Please notify our office if you are sick and/or have a fever before the procedure. We would also like to know if you are allergic to iodine or chlorhexadine.   


No special preparation necessary for your ultrasound. Please dress so we can access your abdomen to perform the ultrasound. For your comfort, you may consider wearing a blouse and pants instead of a dress. Please remove belly-button rings prior to the ultrasound. We can provide you with pictures of your baby to take home with you.

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