During your pregnancy, you'll be offered a range of tests, including blood tests and ultrasound baby scans. This profile is designed to help make your pregnancy safer, check and assess the development and wellbeing of you and your baby, screen for particular conditions.
You don't have to have any of the tests – it's your choice. However, it's important to understand the purpose of all tests so you can make an informed decision about whether to have them. You can discuss this with your maternity team.
There are a number of blood tests and other types of routine tests that will be offered to you during your pregnancy. These tests are designed to pick up certain illnesses or other possible problems such as anaemia.
This profile includes the following tests:
As part of your antenatal care, you’ll be offered several blood tests. Some are offered to all women while others are only offered if you might be at risk of a particular infection or condition. This is a generic antenatal profile that covers the most requested tests.
All the tests are done to make your pregnancy safer or check that the baby is healthy, but you don’t have to have them if you don’t want to.
Talk to your midwife or doctor, and give yourself enough time to make your decision. They will also give you written information about the tests.
In general, it is recommended that you fast (nothing to eat or drink except water) for at least 8 hours (generally 8-10 hours fast) before having a blood test performed.
This is usually offered at an appointment with a midwife when you are around 8 to 12 weeks pregnant.
The tests are recommended to protect your health through early treatment and care, and reduce any risk of passing on an infection to your baby, partner or other family members.
For the great majority of parents, antenatal screening (scans and blood tests) will provide reassurance that the chances of their baby having any problems are very low.
If any health problems are picked up by these tests, the problem can often be treated during pregnancy or immediately after birth, allowing you and your baby to stay as healthy as possible.
Results of the tests that are part of the Antenatal profile are typically evaluated together to look for patterns of results. A single abnormal test result may mean something different than if several test results are abnormal. A health practitioner will consider all the information from the workup to establish a diagnosis.
A healthcare practitioner who is monitoring a woman’s pregnancy will be looking at trends in the levels, rising or lowering over time in conjunction with the medical and pregnancy histories and physical examination outcomes rather than evaluating single values. Tests results are not diagnostic of a specific condition but give the healthcare practitioner information about the potential cause of a person’s symptoms or status.
See the pages on the individual tests for more detailed information about each one:
The laboratory test results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario.
Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.
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