When getting your blood work done at the doctor’s, have you ever wondered what they are testing for?
There are numerous things that can be going on in your body that might cause issues for your growing baby. Things that are helpful to know about in advance to be able to prepare before it’s baby time.
The blood work will be tested for (among other things):
Pregnancy hormone (hCG): This is done to confirm the pregnancy and check the level of the hormone in your blood. There is a wide variation of normal but if your provider thinks it warranted, this hormone might be checked a few times to make sure it’s increasing as it should.📈
HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis: These diseases can all have a negative effect on your baby at delivery and there are certain things that can be done to minimize the effect if we know about them ahead of time. For example, if you have active HIV, a c-section may be warranted to prevent transmission to your baby. Some providers test for syphilis again at the time of admission to the hospital for the birth.🏨
Blood type: This information is very important because if you are Rh-negative, you will need a shot of Rhogam during your pregnancy and potentially after birth Also, babies born to mothers that are O+ have a higher risk of jaundice after birth. We also want to know your blood type in the rare case that you might need a blood transfusion after birth.😮
Iron levels: Lots of women are anemic even before pregnancy and pregnancy can exasperate the anemia. Testing it early is a good way to see how your levels are trending throughout the pregnancy. If they are low, you might need an iron transfusion during pregnancy.
Did you know what was being tested for in your first trimester?
How are all my first trimester peeps doing? LOVE TO ALL! 😘