An alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) blood test measures the levels of AFP in a person's blood. AFP is a protein a developing baby produces and this test can measure the risk of having ceftain genetic problems and brith defects. Typically, this test is performed between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
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