Which Tests Do You Need During Pregnancy?
on Oct 20, 2013
by Alyssia Granger
Find out just a few of the most common tests that will be performed during a woman's pregnancy. If you have a high risk pregnancy, you might have more tests that need to be performed based on your individual needs and health history.
If you’re pregnant, you better get used to tests. That’s because you’ll be having a lot of them during your pregnancy! Testing is necessary during pregnancy to make sure that things are progressing as expected and that both you and your baby are healthy. Today we are going to talk about some of the most common tests that you will experience during your pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
When you first visit your OB/GYN for the first time, you will receive a full and complete gynecological exam. Your doctor will check your cervix, and also probably feel your stomach to see how things feel. The doctor might also perform a vaginal ultrasound during your first visit to see how far along you are. If you haven’t had a pap smear in the last year, your doctor will perform one of those as well, to check for cervical cancer, and certain STD’s.
One of your first tests that you will also receive is a complete blood count test, also known as a CBC. Be ready to spend some time in the lab, and for the lab to also take a lot of blood. The most important things that these tests are looking for are your hemoglobin count (to tell your risk of anemia), and for your platelet count (which will determine your ability to clot during delivery). Blood tests will also check your blood type, and your rH status.
Ultrasounds will be performed to determine your due date more accurately, and to give your doctor a better idea of what is going on with your baby. Ultrasounds are also used to look for abnormalities with your baby. Later in your pregnancy, ultrasounds can be used to determine the sex of your baby or just to give you a better look at him or her. Ultrasounds are basically used as a visual way to monitor your baby’s progress.
Amniocentesis might need to be done, depending on the results of your blood tests. If you are at an increased risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome or another abnormalities, your doctor might want for you to have an amniocentesis done to take a closer look at your amniotic fluid.
At around 26 to 28 weeks, you will be given a blood glucose test. This test will determine your risk for gestational diabetes. You will be asked to consume a sugary beverage, and then you will be given a blood sugar test one hour later to look for high blood sugar levels. This will give your doctor an idea of what your risk is for gestational diabetes.
These are just a few of the most common tests that will be performed during a woman’s pregnancy. If you have a high risk pregnancy, you might have more tests that need to be performed based on your individual needs and health history.
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.