- Other Blood Tests:
There are various other aspects of the blood test which the doctor might need to look into so that they prenancy is successful and satisfactory.
The test might check your Haemoglobin count to determine the level of iron in the blood. If the content of iron is low then chances are that you might need to take supplements to over come the deficiency.
The blood group and diseases associated with specific groups also need to be identified and tested for by the doctor during the pregnancy. Blood is also tested for sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS and syphilis and Rubella (also known as German measles). Viral infections like Hepatitis B or C are also tested for so that the baby does not get affected and precautions could be taken.
The blood test also measures the Rh factor to check whether the type of Rh is same in both the mother and the baby. If the Rh is negative than you do not have antigens in your blood and if you do have then the Rh is positive. In case of discrepancy between the blood of the mother and the baby certain medications are advised.
Women in the African or Mediterranean are also specifically tested for a blood disorder called Sickle Cell Anemia during pregnancy. This can be passed on to their babies if not treated during the early stages of the pregnancy.
- Blood Pressure:
- Blood Sugar:
- Ultrasound or Sonography:
- Urine Analysis:
- Wet Mount Test:
- Cervical Test:
- Nuchal Translucency Screening
- Alpha-fetoprotein Screening (AFP)
- Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
- Fetal Monitoring
- Group B Strep Culture
- Contraction Stress Test
- Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling (PUBS)