There are certain mandatory tests for pregnant women, that not matter how intrusive or unpleasant may seem, it’s necessary to take them through, in order to be sure that you’ll have a smooth pregnancy and a healthy baby. Moreover, if you have a planned pregnancy, you should follow a complete medical consult before conceiving the baby, in order to find out if you or your life partner experience any difficulty as to create conception problems. The pregnancy, although a beautiful period and the woman’s fulfillment with his partner, brings some small problems and responsibilities, including the need to undergo a long series of test and medial consultations.
Even if some analyses may seem futile to you, if they are recommended by a doctor, follow his advice, because he is the one who knows better. Among the most important tests mandatory for pregnant woman are the gynecological consultation, the Babes Papanicolau test which detects the cancer cells and and the analysis of vaginal secretions – that detects infections and sexually transmitted diseases. Then, the blood analysis is mandatory. This includes the following mandatory tests: Rh, CBC (which detects the anemia or possible infections), cholesterol tests, coagulation time, HIV test, syphilis test, tests for hepatitis B and C, glucose (which detects the sugary diabetes), creatinine and calcium.
Moreover, the torch tests checks for various disorders, common infections that can cause serious problems during pregnancy, as rubella, chickenpox, listeriosis, toxoplasmosis, mycoplasma. Further required analyses for pregnant women are related to any danger of urinary infection. All these may however seem abstract and even futile to you (for instance, you can be sure you haven’t got syphilis or herpes) but it’s necessary to make these analyses on order to be 100% sure that everything will go well.
The required analyses for pregnant woman in the first quarter, will include blood, urine and vaginal secretions testing and a control ecography. In the second quarter of pregnancy, you’ll repeat some analyses at the physician’s requirement and you’ll take, possibly, the triple test and another ecography and you’ll repeat this process in the third quarter.
What do some analysis mandatory for pregnant women suppose?
Firstly, we should mention that you’d better plan your pregnancy, because a medical preconception is very useful, that could check if you confront with health problems that could hinder the baby’s harmonious development or that may put yourself in danger. No matter how healthy and young you are, you may suffer from minor affections that may imply the need for treatment before conception. You’ll make the 2D ecography at any pregnancy, the normal one, which allows the doctor to check the possible complications or abnormalies in the fetus. If the physician considers necessary, you can also make a 3D ecography, which provides high quality images of the fetus and may reveal the existence of some problems related to the fetus development and position.
And if a problem related to fetus development is suspected, the doctor may decide to perform a transvaginal ecography – slightly uncomfortable because it involves interting a device into the vagina, for detailed analysis of the vagina, ovaries, cervix. Other mandatory analyses for pregnant woman consist of a double test – which is done in the first quarter and that check the existence of some congenital malformations in the fetus, the non-stress test – is a simple test that verifies the physical development of the fetus, estrogen testing – to detect possible malformations, he TSH test (the tiroid stimulating hormone) – detects the existence of some thyroid hormone disorders, that can affect the pregnancy course.
Among the tests that the doctor may recommend you during pregnancy is the Amniocentesis – a test that verifies the existence of some infections or genetic affections can could be transmitted to the baby. If the doctor suspects the presence of such affections, you better get these tests, but only if you consider them necessary, because they can be dangerous not only for you but also for the fetus. But not all tests are necessary for every future mother. Depending on your health, age, real risks or risks suspected by your doctor, it’s your option to make further tests that may reveal some serious affections of the fetus. The best thing you can do in this case, in which you are recommended additional testing is to follow medical advice.
And if you have serious doubts, consult two doctors and see if their opinions coincide. Among these additional testing, you may be advised to make a trofoblast biopsy – that prevails placenta cells from the uterus, cells that will be analysed with the purpose of general checking of the fetus health, the dry-test – that accurately tracks the fetus, showing if there are any kind of anomalies, cordocentesis – fetal cord blood is prevailed (only if a serious problem of the fetus is suspected), the chorionic villi test- that checks, by the prevalence of the plancental tissue. If you experience congenital anomalies in the second quarter of pregnancy, the doctor may recommend you the triple test, but think twice, because it may risk both for you health and for your baby.
If the doctor recommends you this test, you must trust him, but also ask him the necessary questions. This test seems to have a fairly high failure rate, but just a specialist can fully elucidate you. The triple test is made by analyzing blood hormones to detect congenital defects. If this test proves positive, further analysis will be necessary, that can confirm or not the existence of some congenital anomalies in the fetus. As the other analyses, either mandatory or optional, all you have to do is to have full confidence in your doctor and let yourself on his expert hands.