Tobacco-Use Checkup and Interventions
How often: Your doctor will talk with you about smoking at your first prenatal visit.
Urinary Tract or Other Infection Test
What it's for: Urinary tract infections are common when you're pregnant, and they can be dangerous if they aren't treated. Your doctor can see if you have a UTI from looking at a sample of your urine.
Certain viruses and infections, like German measles and the virus that causes chicken pox, can cause birth defects in your baby. Your doctor checks a sample of your blood for infections.
You do not have to pay anything extra for these tests.
Who needs it & how often: Every pregnant woman needs these exams. At each prenatal visit, you will leave a urine sample to be tested for a UTI or kidney infection.
At your preconception visit or at your first prenatal visit, you'll give blood to be tested for German measles (rubella) and chickenpox (varicella).
The blood test shows if you've been exposed to either virus.
- If you have been exposed, it means that you are immune -- you can't get them again.
- If you haven't been exposed, you'll get a vaccine after you give birth. So while you're pregnant, avoid contact with anyone who has these viruses.