When you are thinking about having a child or are pregnant, you need to make sure that you are getting the right medical care. That means that you need to find an OB/GYN who can see you as often as necessary. In most cases, your doctor will probably want to see you once a month until you get closer to your due date. If you are having issues or are having a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor may want to see you more often to make sure that you stay healthy and that your baby is healthy. There are a few tests that your doctor might order while you are pregnant.
Many doctors do ultrasounds as part of a normal prenatal care treatment plan. This doesn't necessarily mean a sex-revealing ultrasound, but you may be able to talk to your doctor about doing one of those. A general ultrasound can give your doctor a lot of information that they can use for your prenatal care. For example, the ultrasound will allow your doctor to take some measurements to make sure that your baby is healthy and growing the way that it should be. An ultrasound can also help to pinpoint a due date better, especially if you aren't sure about an approximate date of conception.
Your doctor may have you provide a urine sample every time you have an appointment. The urine tests will do several things. One thing that it will do will let your doctor see if you are developing gestational diabetes. There are protein markers that will show up in your urine if you have gestational diabetes, and a simple test will let your doctor see if you have those markers or not. If a urine test has blood in it, it could be a sign of bigger problems.
Your doctor may not order blood tests every time you come in to see them, but there are general blood tests that they will want you to have. You may also request your doctor run some special tests if you are worried about a particular health issue. For example, your family may have a specific genetic disorder, and you need to know if you are affected by it. Your OB/GYN can run the test to see if you have it, and then you can handle it from there.
If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you need to make sure that you have the right prenatal care. Contact a medical professional to learn more about prenatal care.Share