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    Default What standard ultrasounds & blood tests do you get during pregnancy?

    I'm wondering what are the standard tests that you should expect to get done during pregnancy? I know that there is a 12 week ultrasound along with blood tests at the same time? Then another ultrasound at 20 weeks. And a glucose test that tests for gestational diabetes later on?

    Is that correct? What other tests do you get done as standard during your pregnancy? I read something about a strep b test. Does everyone get that or only certain ppl at risk? Any other tests that you get along the way?

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    IMy pregnancies have always as a weird varied amount

    My first was a easy pregnancy with 3 ultrasounds, dating scan (early7/8weeks) then NT scan (12 weeks check for downs and abnormalities) then anatomy scan (20 weeks for gender and anatomy) I then didn't have any more


    My second was riddled with risks has all of the above and then some because of threatened miscarriages and subcloronic bleeding somewhere in the vicinity of about 10specialist scans

    This time round it's been like the first but I have a obstetrician who has his own machine so he has a little 2 minute look to check the heart each time I go.

    Aside from ultrasounds your right that thee are blood tests at 12ish weeks that go hand in hand with the NT scan that checks for abnormalities as well as STD's in mum.

    And the glucose drink test to check for gestational diabetes however I've drawn a blank when that is! Somewhere around 25 weeks at a guess.

    Also from 20 weeks you wee in a cup every doc/antenatal visit to check your wee for protein and nasties.

    Ohh and somewhere between 25 weeks and birth you may get the GB swab test not all hospitals or antenatal centers do it and some require cultures from the swab from your vagina, but I know someone who was asked to give some from her back passage aswell this checks for group B strep which can be harmful and possibly risk death to bub upon birthing, there are mixed reactions as if its positive which a large portion of women it can be it may then not be at birth, it can change daily, however if your tests are positive you will get a drip of antibiotics upon labour which can restrict you to the bed which sucks!
    But some say this is useless as there isn't enough time
    Between when the drip is administered an the end of labour and others say they wouldn't risk not having it if they were positive.

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    Thanks for all that info it was a great help. I hadn't heard of the urine tests after 20 weeks so I'll keep that in mind. Thanks again

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    11ish (I think!) weeks: blood test
    12 weeks: ultrasound
    20 weeks: ultrasound
    29 weeks: blood test (glucose challenge test)

    There may be more, but I think they are the only standard ones I had. I also had an earlier ultrasound due to previous mc and another scan around 14 weeks due to cramping, but that's about it!

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    Mine has so far been different to most people's:

    - Very early scan to make sure wasnt ectopic (from severe stitch like cramps. You won't have that unless experience that pain)

    - Blood test including the one hour GTT which I had to have before my first ob appointment (I did it at 12 weeks, ob appointment was at 14 weeks).

    - Blood test at 16 weeks to check chromosomal abnormalities (in America I think it's more routine than here because we have the NT scan instead. I think it's called the triple test)

    - 19 weeks had morphology scan.

    That's all I've had so far so not sure what else is to come either. My ob also has an ultrasound machine in his rooms so in my first visit I had an ultrasound.



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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    My understanding is that the 12 week NT scan/bloods aren't covered by medicare unless you are high risk- so I would say whilst often done not a routinely recommended for everyone, according the medical system
    I thought they were but you could only have one a year (so if you had a sad end after one nt scan and fell not long after that, you were only covered for the first scan)


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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    My understanding is that the 12 week NT scan/bloods aren't covered by medicare unless you are high risk- so I would say whilst often done not a routinely recommended for everyone, according the medical system
    Yeah it's not usually covered (usually you get some back from Medicare but not the full amount ) unless you're high(er) risk.
    Not everyone has dating scans either.. The only scan everyone has is the morphology scan around 20 weeks.
    There's also the glucose tolerance test and bloods (for iron etc) around 26 wks I think? ( might be out by a little there)
    Urine tests aren't routine at a lot of places - I only had one when I reported anything to make them think they might need to check.
    There is the strep B but that seems a bit controversial over whether it's necessary or not. Depends on where you go as to whether or not they still do it.

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    You also usually just get a full pre natal screen early which tests for things like rubella immunity, other things you might possibly pass onto the baby, and to see if you are rhesus negative blood type. For eg. i'm negative and my partner is positive so i have to have the anti D injection at 28 and 24 weeks, that was picked up in the ante natal blood screen. Or sometimes they do it with the diabetes test at 26 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    My understanding is that the 12 week NT scan/bloods aren't covered by medicare unless you are high risk)
    I thought this! My most recent NT scan (two weeks ago)was bulk billed ( im not high risk and was just told by my ob of this place that bulk bills) I was amazed as my one two yrs ago was not so I think the whole bulk billing side of things is subject to the centre and not so much Medicare... However there was a $165 cost for my bloods



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    The standard tests i was offered, was bloods when i found out i was pregnant, then a 20wk scan.
    With DS1 i actually got a 4wk scan, an 8wk scan, a 20wk scan, and weekly scans from 33wks onwards (i had pre labour so i had to get my cervix checked at antenatal).
    I got bloods at the beginning of pregnancy, half way through then every month 7, 8 and 9.

    With DS2 i got initial bloods, bloods half way through then 7, 8 and 9 months. I got a scan at 9wks (to check for multiples as i had hyperemesis), i got a 20wk scan and a growth scan at 36wks. I also had to do a 24hr urine collection to check for PE (due to extreme swelling and high blood pressure).

    I did not have a 12wk scan, and i didnt get offered a glucose test


 

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