Prenatal Visits: Follow up on tests

By now, prenatal visits have become a part of your lifestyle, most likely in your 3rd trimester you are to go for a check-up maybe once in two weeks. Your conversation can start from how you are doing, followed by issues raised in your last visit. Then, they will ask if there have been any contractions or swelling since the last visit. You must discuss your visible symptoms even if they are normal stuff like fatigue, mood swings, aches or pains.

Ensure you discuss even the smallest of the problems. They will also discuss about the movements of your baby and remind you to contact them in case you feel something unusual. You will also be asked to keep a close eye on the movements and even count the number of kicks on a daily basis.

Next, you will be physically examined and your blood pressure and weight will be checked. This will be followed by urinary examination, which will done to detect any signs of preeclampsia, urinary tract infections. Next, the heartbeat of your baby will be felt and your belly size will be measured as well. The distance between your pubic bone and the top of the uterus is measured to ensure that the growth rate of your baby is normal. If by any chance anything is evaluated too big or small then an ultrasound is performed.

If you are RH negative and the father of the baby isn’t, then you will have a blood test to check for antibodies to your baby’s potentially RH positive blood. This process is known as antibody screen and is done towards the end of the 2nd trimester when the blood is drawn for glucose testing. An injection of RH immune globulin is injected at 28 weeks to prevent your body from producing these antibodies. Further, you can also check for Group B strep to check if you have any urinary tract infection.

Other tests such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Chlamdiya(can lead to preterm labour), Syphilis(leading to still birth), Gonorrhea, Hepatitis C are also taken care of.

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