The provider will likely perform some standard tests during the first visits. These tests often include a complete blood count to look for anemia, an evaluation of one’s blood type, and tests for syphilis, hepatitis B and immunity to rubella. If the expectant mother has not had a recent pap smear, the provider may perform one during the pregnancy. Other tests that are not routine, but which are commonly performed, include tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia, sickle cell disease and toxoplasmosis. Pregnant women are at a higher risk for urinary tract infections (bladder infections or UTIs) and for the spread of these infections to their kidneys (pyelonephritis). For this reason, a urine culture may be performed to ensure that there is no UTI. Read the entire post…

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