Tests For Mum

Meera Sood Gynaecology and PregnancyThere is a range of screening that occurs in pregnancy in particular bloods:

Full Blood Count:

This test checks your haemoglobin level in the red blood cells. Anaemia can make you feel tired, and if you are anaemic we would give you some dietary advice and commence you on iron supplements.

Blood Group and Antibodies:

It is important that we know your blood group, Rhesus status, and whether you have any antibodies in your blood. If you are Rhesus negative you will be offered an injection to prevent your body from forming antibodies against your present and future pregnancies. We will discuss your results with you.

Rubella (German Measles):

This test checks that you are immune to Rubella, as getting Rubella in pregnancy can affect your baby. A small number of women are not immune, and you will be advised to be immunised after the birth of your baby.

Hepatitis B:

Hepatitis B is a virus that affects the liver, and can be passed to a baby during birth. If you are Hepatitis B carrier/ infected, measures can be put into place to decrease the risk of transmission to the baby.

VDRL:

Syphilis is a rare infection in New Zealand, but it is becoming more common. If left untreated, it can cause serious health problems for you and your unborn baby. If detected, treatment can be offered to control the infection and to help protect your baby.

HIV:

If you have HIV, it can be passed on to your baby during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding. You can however be given treatment that will significantly reduce the chances of passing the virus on to your baby - http://www.nsu.govt.nz/current-nsu-programmes/antenatal-hiv-screening.aspx

A full set of Antenatal blood test are usually requested at your first appointment. There are further tests at 28 weeks, and blood tests screening for diabetes will also be requested.

More information on these blood tests can be found on http://www.everybody.co.nz/page-0b755006-b9db-4151-99b9-966d7c2e23c6.aspx

Group B Strep (GBS):

This is a bacteria carried by some women and in a majority of times causes no harm or symptoms. We screen for GBS as in a small number of cases it can cause potentially serious infection in your new born baby. If required, antibiotics are given during labour and will usually prevent infection of the baby. If you have concerns about GBS please discuss this with us. Screening is done by a swab after 35 weeks.

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