Common Tests During Pregnancy

Common Tests During Pregnancy

As you already are experiencing by now, with pregnancy will now come the constant monitoring and observations. You will be measured and poked and prodded quite a few times. It might be all overwhelming but then you do have two lives to consider after all. To check the baby and mother’s health a lot of gynaecologists usually do prescribe quite a few tests to be conducted.

Here is a list of the basic mandatory tests you will need to take when you are pregnant though

  • Blood Tests:
    1. Blood Group

It is usually done in the 1st trimester itself to confirm your blood group, just in case you ever need a transfusion.

    1. Rh (rhesus) factor

This test is conducted to check the presence of a particular protein on the surface of the red blood cells in your body. You being RH-ve and the father being RH+ve could prove fatal to the baby.

    1. Hb (Haemoglobin) levels

A test is conducted to detect iron-deficiency anaemia that can result from iron deficiency in the blood.

    1. Gestational diabetes

Pregnant women could possibly have in their blood too much glucose. For the baby this is not good and thus the test for gestational diabetes must be done and the blood glucose controlled accordingly.

  • Ultrasounds:

The ultrasounds are done periodically to check if the foetal growth is alright and detect chromosomal problems if any.

  • Blood Pressure

Signs of Hypertension can be observed from the blood pressure readings because of which it will be checked regularly throughout the pregnancy. It could also be a sign of preeclampsia.

  • Urine:

Urine will be tested for various parameters like proteins, albumin, etc. The presence of protein in the urine could be a sign of preeclampsia.

  • Weight and Height:

This is usually checked at the beginning of the pregnancy. Risks associated with high BMI can be checked accordingly. Weight will also be monitored periodically to check if the baby growth is fine.

So don’t worry if your doctor is asking for too many tests, keep all the above in mind when you are being called for constant checkup. Make sure you’re well hydrated and carry something to eat, these hospital queues can be a pain sometimes!