Managing Pregnancy Medical Tests

pregnant womanThe pregnancy test was positive. Are you feeling surprised, excited, scared, or overwhelmed? Whatever your flood of emotions, as reality sets in and you move forward with this new adventure, you may have more questions than answers. From your first doctor’s appointment, to the first ultrasound, to the weeks up to delivery, there is a lot of information to digest.

Maybe you are the type of person who wants to know everything you can, or maybe you are content knowing just the basics. Just as there are different types of people, you will find a multitude of different types of tests during pregnancy. Some medical testing is standard, some optional. Read on to gain insight and understanding to the tests you may encounter.

Blood Test:

A typical blood test will consist of a standard withdrawal from your arm. A blood test may be taken at your first visit and perhaps again during the second trimester. A simple blood test can inform your doctor of many factors including: your blood type, if you have any type of iron deficiency (anemia), detection of Hepatitis B, and can also check for the “Triple Screen” (MSAFP), which can detect the possibility of a fetal defect and the need for further testing. Finally, a blood test that follows the drinking of a sugary (glucose) concoction will be given in the third trimester to test for gestational diabetes.

Pap Smear:

Just when you thought you might be excused from this annual adventure, you’re out of luck. Even pregnant, you should be prepared for this examination; it is usually given at your first appointment which can help identify any potential health issues, including any cell abnormalities. A swab of the vaginal area may also be taken late in the third trimester to test for Group B Step (GBS).

Blood Pressure:

With each visit, be prepared to roll up your sleeve. This non-invasive test will be common with each medical check-up.

Urine Test:

With each visit, most practitioners will request a urine sample. The urine test will allow physicians to monitor bacteria levels, use of any drugs, and also sugar (glucose) in the urine.

Although learning about the tests to come may make you feel overwhelmed or even a bit scared, remember, the tests will come in time. As you grow and your baby grows, your knowledge and understanding of the process will grow as well.

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Managing Pregnancy Medical Tests

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6 comments

  1. I have so far enjoyed all my visits. I get excited before to learn how my baby is doing. And every time after I have a big smile on my face after hearing his heart beat. Even now that I’ve been feeling him for awhile it’s still reassuring. 38 weeks and 4 days. Today I get my first internal exam. Excited to see if I’ve dilated 🙂

  2. KEIYONDA says:

    AS LONG AS ITS SAFE FOR THE BABY IM ALL FOR TESTING

  3. brittney says:

    I’m not looking forward to the glucose test. I have to do it on monday at my dr appoinment and i’ve heard it’s disgusting!!

  4. Jeanetta says:

    I’m tired of all the different testing, I’m just ready for her to be here…

  5. I have done all of these except the last pap smear. I am sure it is next.

  6. SammysMOMMY says:

    Pee tests are easy when you are prego! I have to go all of the time:)

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