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Trying to Conceive? Don’t forget these prenatal care tests.

Trying to Conceive? Don’t forget these prenatal care tests.

Preconception or prenatal care is as crucial as post-conception.

Prenatal care ensures the mother and baby have all what they need to pass through those 9 months safely; and also stay safe post-delivery. Though you can do this through a proper diet and exercises, still there are also some prenatal tests which you should take to find out the chances of any abnormality in future pregnancy.

Following are 5 important tests recommended to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby:

  1. Entire hierogram (Complete Blood Count CBC) – It’s a blood screening test which diagnoses presence of disorders like anemia, thalassemia and sickle cell anemia. A hemoglobin test is very significant when you want to conceive. This will calculate the potential of your red blood cells to carry oxygen. Its shortage affects the wellbeing of both mother and baby.
  2. HIV– HIV is a sexually transmitted disease and is diagnosed by blood or saliva tests. It can be transmitted either during pregnancy or labor or delivery. If the woman is already aware about her HIV positive condition and wants to conceive, it is required to consult a doctor who will guide how to get pregnant without unprotected sex. If the man is HIV positive, then a process called sperm washing can decrease the transmission of HIV to the mother and baby.
  3. HBcAg– HBcAg test is to find out if a woman is Hepatitis B infected. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is transmitted through contact with infective blood, semen and other body fluids. This can be transmitted from mothers to infants during delivery or from any family member to infant in early childhood.
  4. Rubella– Rubella blood test is to detect antibodies helpful in killing rubella virus. If a woman is infected during her gestation period, baby could also get it and numerous disorders including congenital heart disease may develop. It can also lead to a miscarriage.
  5. Rh blood group test– This test is done to confirm whether the parents’ Rhesus type is +ive or -ve. For eg. if you have a blood group of O +ve, your Rh factor is positive and if your partner has B –ve blood group, then it is a case of negative Rh factor. Rh incompatibility could lead to severe complications and even death of the baby, but it can be easily dealt with if the condition is known well in advance.

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