Warning: mysql_fetch_row() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in /home/topr/public_html/baby.topresource.net/more-baby-resource.php on line 32
Baby.TopResource.NET - Complete Baby Resource Information
Skip to main content.

  BABY / PREGNANCY RESOURCE :

PRENATAL BLOOD TEST - PREGNANCY BLOOD TEST

PRENATAL BLOOD TEST - PREGNANCY BLOOD TEST
Illustration
When you are pregnant, it is very happiness. This is the beginning of the journey. The important things to do is doing the blood test of first prenatal visit. The result of your blood test will give the information for your doctor to do next action if needed.

Among other things, routine prenatal tests can determine key things about the mother's health including:

  • The blood type
  • Whether she has gestational diabetes
  • The immunity to certain diseases
  • Whether she has a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or cervical cancer

All of these conditions can affect the health of the fetus. Prenatal tests also can determine things about the fetus' health, including whether it's one of the 2% to 3% of babies in the United States that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says have major congenital birth defects.

This is some test that pregnant woman should do at first prenatal visit :

1. Blood type, Rh factor, and antibody screening
At your first prenatal visit, your practitioner will check your blood type (types O and A are the most common; types B and AB are less so) and find out whether your blood is Rh-negative. If you're Rh-negative, you'll get a shot of Rh immunoglobulin at least once during your pregnancy as well as after delivery if your baby turns out to be Rh-positive. This will protect you from developing antibodies that could be dangerous during this or later pregnancies. (Note: If your baby's father is also Rh negative, you won't need the shot.) Your blood will also be checked for any unusual antibodies that may affect your pregnancy.

2. Complete blood count
A complete blood count will tell your practitioner if you have too little hemoglobin in your red blood cells (a sign of anemia) and if so, whether it's likely to be the result of iron-deficiency. If you're iron-deficient, your practitioner will recommend that you take iron supplements and eat more iron-rich foods, such as lean meat. The test also counts your platelets and white blood cells. (An elevated number of white blood cells can be a sign of infection.)

3. German measles (rubella) immunity
This test, called a rubella titer, checks the level of antibodies to the rubella virus in your blood to see if you're immune. Fortunately, most women are, either because they've been vaccinated against it or had the disease as a child. If you aren't immune, you'll need to avoid anyone who has the infection, because if you develop rubella during your pregnancy, it can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, or serious birth defects. (You can't be vaccinated while you're pregnant, but you should get the vaccine after you give birth to protect future pregnancies.) Fortunately, rubella is rare in the United States.

4. Chicken pox immunity
If you're not sure whether you've ever had chicken pox or been vaccinated against it, some practitioners will also test you for immunity. Chicken pox can cause complications if you get it during pregnancy.

5. Hepatitis B testing
Many women with this liver disease have no symptoms and can unknowingly pass it along to their baby during labor or after birth. This test will tell you if you're a hepatitis B carrier. If you are, your practitioner will protect your baby by giving him injections of hepatitis B immunoglobulin as well as the standard hep B vaccine right after birth. All members of your household should be tested and vaccinated if you're a carrier.

6. Syphilis screening
This sexually transmitted infection (STI) is rare today, but if you have syphilis and don't treat it, both you and your baby can develop serious problems. In the unlikely event that you test positive, you'll be given antibiotics to treat the infection.

7. HIV testing
Counseling and testing for the human immunodeficiency virus is recommended for all pregnant women. If you test positive, you and your baby can get treatment that greatly reduces the chance that your baby will be infected with the disease.

8. Cervical tests (also called Pap smears) check for:

  • STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • cervical cancer

Who Should Do Prenatal Tests?
Certain prenatal tests are considered routine - that is, almost all pregnant women receiving prenatal care get them. Other nonroutine tests are recommended only for certain women, especially those with high-risk pregnancies. These include women who:

  • are age 35 or older
  • have had a premature baby
  • have had a baby with a birth defect - especially heart or genetic problems
  • have high blood pressure, diabetes, lupus, asthma, or a seizure disorder
  • have an ethnic background in which genetic disorders are common (or a partner who does)
  • have a family history of mental retardation (or a partner who does)

However the prenatal test is very important for the healty of the mother and also for our be born baby. If soon we know the problem with our body, we could get the prevention for became more nasty.

HOME   ARCHIVES

  MORE BABY / PREGNANCY ARTICLE RESOURCE :
BABY IMMUNIZATION

BABY IMMUNIZATION
Children get a series of several different immunization shots during their first two years of life. Some of these shots include Hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), DTaP (Diphtheria, Te...

Read more


What Pregnancy Food to Avoid Baby Jaundice ?

What Pregnancy Food to Avoid Baby Jaundice ?

All parents are expecting a baby which can be born with good condition. Therefore, a lot of preparation has been done to provide the best thing for the baby. In this a...

Read more


HOW TO MAKE BABY STOP CRYING?

HOW TO MAKE BABY STOP CRYING?
It is normal when our baby cry, it is also common for baby developing a fussy period at evening and it can be last for about two hours. Then, what should we do if our baby becomes fussy? We ca...

Read more


FOOD ALLERGY WITH OUR BABY

FOOD ALLERGY WITH OUR BABY
Food allergy is happen to the baby when the immune system responds to a food by releasing antibodies, this could causing allergic symptoms such as a rash, bloating, wheezing, runny nose and so...

Read more


MORE ARCHIVES

  Baby & Pregnancy Outsources :