As a part of your prenatal care, health care providers generally ask you to undergo blood tests during pregnancy. Don’t be overwhelmed and anxious about any of the tests. You should stay informed, so that the next time your doctor throws a long list of tests – assuming you don’t know— you participate and ask reasonable questions.
We asked Dr Asha Sharman, gynaecologists at Rockland Hospital to list important blood tests during pregnancy.
In the first trimester, screening is done to determine the risk of foetus having birth defects such as Down syndrome, trisomy 13 or trisomy 18. Usually the following tests are performed—
Prenatal screening during second trimester may include several blood tests which would indicate a woman’s risk of having a baby with genetic conditions and birth defects.
Apart from these pregnancy tests special investigation is carried out in case of high risk pregnancy, when prenatal tests indicate serious health problems for the baby.
So, if you are pregnant and are apprehensive about any lack of knowledge, we suggest that you keep the tests listed in mind and prepare questions for your gynaecologist. Extra knowledge will only benefit you.
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