Planning for your future can be stressful and difficult. You might work on a deadline, find yourself running from pillar to post, but why do you do it?
Reflect back to the time you were like a little tot and ask yourself, “Was it all worth it?” You worked so hard just to get a giant pay cheque, but there is no greater satisfaction than knowing that what you are doing now can make your future look better. Are you sacrificing for yourself or for your family? The answer will always be for them.
Not all pregnancies are the same. Some are easier than others, and some require a little more hands-on effort and planning – so knowing the tests you need to undergo during pregnancy is extremely important for your peace of mind and that of your unborn child.
Here are a few routine medical tests that are recommended in the first few months after a baby is born.
1. Blood group: This test detects whether your blood group is Rh (Rhesus factor) positive or negative. In case you are Rh negative, you may need to take an anti-D (an antibody) injection to ensure a safe pregnancy.
2. Blood sugar: This test detects your blood sugar level so that if you are a diabetic, your pregnancy can be managed accordingly. Chances of developing gestational diabetes can be evaluated and pre-emptive measures can be taken.
3. Haemoglobin: This test detects anaemia. The tendency to acquire anaemia if you are not previously anaemic increases during pregnancy and this could have ill effects on your baby’s growth. You may be prescribed iron tablets or a special iron-rich diet to prevent anaemia.
4. Hepatitis B: This test detects the virus that causes liver damage. If you happen to be a carrier, the virus can pass into your baby’s body during pregnancy or childbirth. While planning a pregnancy, it is safer to get vaccinated against Hepatitis B and not plan a pregnancy for the next two months.
5. HIV: HIV virus causes AIDS. If you are HIV positive then certain antiviral drugs will be prescribed to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to your baby.
6. Rubella: Rubella (german measles) is a mild but very infectious disease. It can seriously affect your baby’s vision and hearing abilities. If you are infected with it in the first four months of pregnancy, it can cause brain and heart problems to your baby. If your blood shows that you have recently been infected with rubella, you may be counselled a termination of pregnancy.
7. Thallasemia: It’s an inherited form of anaemia, wherein there is a defect in the synthesis of haemoglobin. Please ensure that you and your partner have been tested for thallasemia carrier before you conceive.
8. Thyroid: This test is conducted is to check whether your thyroid gland is functioning normally. Adequate intake of iodine ensures normal or not functioning of the thyroid gland that is vital for the growth and mental development of your baby.
9. Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test: This test is conducted to detect sexually transmitted diseases. Prospective parents (you and your partner) need to go through this test. Even if one of you is detected positive both should take a course of antibiotics to minimize the risk of infecting your baby.
To learn more about these tests, please contact Moolchand Mother’s Nest +91 99589 97293. Moolchand is India’s first JCI (Joint Commission International) and NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospital & Healthcare Providers) -accredited hospital. Moolchand Mother’s Nest – India’s best birthing centre providing you with comprehensive services, from your prenatal care to an outstanding birthing experience. Many difficult cases are referred to Moolchand from leading hospitals across the globe because of our integrated capabilities in reproductive medicine and IVF, fetal medicine, birthing, neonatology, obstetrics and gynecology.
The Moolchand Centre for Reproductive Medicine and IVF is a part of the Moolchand Women’s Hospital, the global leader in women’s health. The centre focuses on both male and female infertility. The clinic has a high success rate, with no waiting times, so you can be assured that each treatment is tailored to your needs. Once you become pregnant, the expert team at Yashoda Lyric will provide world-class care for your baby. Throughout every step of your pregnancy it offers its expertise with regular examinations including immunization and congenital assessment. This ensures that your child is healthy from birth onwards!