During your pregnancy, there will be several routine tests done to assess the health of you and your baby:
- Standard blood pregnancy profile
- Pap smear
- Cultures at your first visit
- Blood tests for diabetes and anemia
- A vaginal culture for Group B beta strep
- Cystic Fibrosis carrier status screening
- Ashkenazi Jew (Tay-Sachs and other disorders more common in this group of individuals)
- Sequential Screening - a two part non-invasive screening test which is initiated between 10 and 13 weeks gestation. It screens for Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18 and open neural tube defects such as spina bifida. A
- Amniocentesis will be offered as needed for women 35 or over or for any woman who has other risk factors for genetic abnormalities.
- We offer everyone a routine screening ultrasound at 20-22 weeks.
- This test is not always covered by insurance. Please check with your plan.
We encourage you to take care of yourself during the pregnancy; that means a balanced diet, regular exercise and an average weight gain of 20-35 lbs. for women with an ideal pre-pregnancy weight. It also means no smoking or illegal drug use. No alcohol intake is the safest advice. If you have problems in any of these areas, we are happy to help you.