Below is a recommended schedule for tests performed during pregnancy. The tests aim to provide basic information while tracking a routine pregnancy. Consult your nurse or physician if you have any questions.
A pregnancy is tracked according to gestational weeks, calculated based on the date of a woman's last menstruation. If there is a discrepancy between the date of a woman's last menstruation and the gestational age it will be found during the early (first trimester) ultrasound and an accurate gestational age will be calculated.
Around the time of the delayed menstruation, a urine or blood test can be performed to determine pregnancy.
At 7-8 weeks a woman should have an ultrasound to determine the location of the pregnancy sac, size and vitality (heartbeat) of the fetus.
At 10 weeks your doctor will give you a follow-up card to track your pregnancy.
Routine Tests: Blood count, fasting glucose, urine culture, blood type (and RH antibodies level if negative), rubella antibodies, VDRL, CMV, antibodies, toxoplasma and HBsAG and if necessary an HIV test. Some physicians add a general urine culture and TSH test or other subrule of thyroid activity
Week 11-12: early chromosomal genetic diagnostic testing, placental structure (chorionic placenta)
Around week 12 (10-14): ultrasound, nuchal translucency or fetal development test performed by the physician or technician
Week 15-16: early ultrasound screening exam
Week 17: triple screen test, fetoprotein or amniocentesis and blood count
Week 22-25: late ultrasound anomaly scan
Week 26: glucose tolerance test, 50-100 grams (based on risk factors), blood count and RH antibody levels for those with negative blood type and urine culture
Week 28: a visit to the physician to discuss glucose test results and talk about receiving RH immune globulin if RH negative
Week 28-30: review of fetal growth
Week 32: follow-up visit
Week 34-39: weekly tracking of fetal growth weight
Week 40: follow-up with doctor, ultrasound, monitoring biophysical profile every 2-4 days
Week 41-42: referral to the delivery room to perform a stress test or induce labor
Up until week 32, the pregnancy will be tracked once a month, then every 2-3 weeks until week 36, finally every 1-2 weeks until week 40. After this stage the pregnancy will be passed over to another department which specializes overdue pregnancies (in certain cases it will be passed over to the hospital delivery room)
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