There are a number of prenatal tests you will go through while you’re pregnant, but the very first test you will take is the one that will tell you whether you’re actually pregnant in the first place. To get off to a healthy start, it is important to know that you are going to have a baby as early into the pregnancy as possible.
Important Basic Test for Pregnant Women
1. Blood tests: This is to determine your blood type, Iron level to see if you’re anemic, and Blood glucose level to check for diabetes
2. Rh factor: This is to check if your blood is Rh negative, and the fathers’ is Rh positive, the fetus may inherit the father’s Rh-positive blood, which could cause your body to make antibodies that would hurt your unborn child).
3. HIV, hepatitis B, and syphilis: These tests that may not be noticeable at birth, unless you are tested, but are also necessary as part of a regular test for everyone.
4. Diabetes: Between weeks 24-28, you will be screened again for diabetes because some women develop pregnancy-related diabetes, known as gestational diabetes.
3. A Pap smear: this will be done to test for early cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea
4. A blood pressure check: You will be screened you for high blood pressure, which can interfere with the blood supply to the placenta.
5. Ultrasound screening: This will help determine your due date more accurately, and also look for abnormalities in the fetus.
6. At the end of the pregnancy, between weeks 32-36, you may be retested for syphilis and gonorrhea, as well as for group B strep (GBS), a type of bacterium that can cause meningitis or blood infections in newborn.
See Our Doctor
During the period of pregnancy, it is advised to visit antenatal clinic closest to you for recommendations for the tests you need to do before visiting us at our center.
Afriglobal Medicare Diagnostic Center at 8 Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos.