Recommended tests in early pregnancy
There are a number of recommended tests we request, with your permission, the first time you have blood tests in pregnancy.
All women are advised to have the following tests:
full blood count
blood group and antibodies
hepatitis B and C
The full blood count is done to check for anaemia, abnormalities in the white cells or platelets and clues for conditions such as iron or B12 deficiency or thalassaemia. We need to know your blood group and antibody results, especially if you are Rhesus negative. We test for infections such as hepatitis B and C, HIV and syphilis, as these conditions carry a significant risk of harm to yourself and to baby. A check is done to see if you are still protected from rubella, which most women would have been immunised for as a child. A urine test for infections and pre-existing kidney disease rounds out the routine tests.
Depending upon the individual risks, we may also wish to test for chlamydia, liver and kidney disease, diabetes, chicken pox, iron, B12, vitamin D and thyroid disease.
Your Pap Smear or Cervical Screening Test should also be up to date.