October 15, 2013

Important Blood Tests in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is definitely a major chance for the body, as well as for the mind. Probably, one of the most difficult periods in a woman’s life is trying to get pregnant and having the patience needed in the process.

Taking a pregnancy test at home is without a doubt a moment filled with expectations, but unfortunately, the pregnancy test is not always very accurate. But there are certain signs, certain changes in your body, which combined, can only mean one thing. If you feel your food doesn’t taste the same and you have constant cravings, these are definitely a sign you’re pregnant.
Many women fear of telling anything to anybody too soon, as they might be wrong and they don’t want to grow false expectations in them, their partners or their families, while others choose some of the most ingenious ways of announcing their pregnancy and wishing to share the pride and the joy with the entire world. But they still need to make sure and check for the signs and symptoms, while considering very carefully making a doctor’s appointment in the immediate future.

Some signs that might confirm your suspicions
If you don’t trust the stick, there are some other clues to confirm your pregnancy before running the medical analyses. If all of a sudden you feel tired, even though you’ve had a good night sleep that can also be a sign.

A state of inexplicable extreme fatigue is proves to be very normal and common under these conditions. This is caused by hormonal changes that occur in your body and you have a hard time dealing with them, so they turn into fatigue.
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Medical analyses you should consider
In the first trimester of pregnancy there are numerous medical tests for blood and urine you should be taking, so that you make sure your baby will develop in a healthy environment. Your gynecologist will direct you to an analysis lab where you will harvest blood and urine.

Usual blood tests show whether the body is functioning normally, and if not, what should be treated: complete blood count, blood glucose, liver analysis, creatinine, urea, cholesterol, triglycerides, serum calcium, urinalysis and urine culture.

It is also very important to know blood group and RH factor of the mother. If the RH is negative, the father’s blood will be investigated as well. If the father is RH positive, there are chances that the baby will be RH positive and the mother needs to be administrated a specific vaccine so that everything works well. However, if the father is RH negative, you do not need any treatment.

Then there are the blood tests that find out if the mother is suffering from any diseases or infections. Tests are performed for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, rubella, Cytomegalovirus and Listeria monocytogenes. These infections can affect fetal development during pregnancy and, unfortunately may require therapeutic abortion or cause a miscarriage as well as serious congenital abnormalities, infections etc. Therefore, their knowledge is very important in early pregnancy for necessary treatment, if possible, for and any precaution and prevention that can be taken.

In addition to the analysis of blood and urine, your gynecologist will do a Pap test. The Pap test is used in order to identify abnormal cell changes in the cervix and cervical cancer screening.

The ultrasound is actually the first test that is done in pregnancy. It confirms both the pregnancy in itself as well as any early abnormalities in pregnancy or identifies risk pregnancies.

The purpose of all these tests is to assess your health and detect problems in an early stage so that treatment is more effective. If everything is alright and you have little to worry about, you can shout out your happiness to the entire world to hear while enjoying the little pregnancy – inducing troubles like the pregnancy glow and somebody kicking you from the inside.

-  Myra Daniella



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