Pregnancy - Topic Overview
What kinds of exams and tests will you have?
first prenatal exam gives your doctor or midwife important information for
planning your care. You'll have a pelvic exam and urine and blood tests. You'll
also have your blood pressure and weight checked. The urine and blood tests are
used for a pregnancy test and to tell whether you have low iron levels (are
anemic) or have signs of infection.
each prenatal visit you'll be weighed, have your belly measured, and have your
blood pressure and urine checked. Go to all your appointments. Although these
quick office visits may seem simple and routine, your doctor is watching for
signs of possible problems like
high blood pressure.
In some medical
centers, you can have screening in your first
trimester to see if your baby has a chance of having
Down syndrome or another genetic problem. The test
usually includes a blood test and an
During your second trimester,
you can have a blood test (triple or quadruple screen test) to see if you have
a higher-than-normal chance of having a baby with birth defects. Based on the
results of the tests, you may be referred to a geneticist for further
discussion. Or you may have other tests to find out for sure if your baby has a
Late in your second trimester, your blood sugar
will be checked for diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Near the end of your pregnancy, you will have tests to look
for infections that could harm your newborn.