Lab Tests in Pregnancy

Lab Tests Which are Not Routine

Some labs are relatively common, but not routinely done on all women. There is more information about each one of these in the following pages. “PIH Labs” If your doctor or midwife suspect a problem with your blood pressure, s/he may want to do some lab tests to look for other signs. “PIH” stands for… »

Lab Tests from the Genital Tract

Cultures for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Gonorrhea (GC) and Chlamydia are two organisms which may infect the genital tract. They are sexually transmitted disease…. a woman is infected by a sexual partner. Both gonorrhea and chlamydia can infect the cervix, and remain somewhat dormant throughout pregnancy. When the baby is born, if the eyes are infected… »

Lab Tests on Blood

At your first prenatal visit, you will probably donate a surprising quantity of blood for “blood tests”. Most are “routine”, and some will give your clinician a good overview of your general health. Other blood tests are very specific for common disorders which could impact your pregnancy. These blood tests (and others done later in… »

Lab tests on urine

Your urine may contain several substances which may be of interest to your doctor or midwife. Your urine is the product of your “urinary tract”. Another term, renal, refers more specifically to the kidneys themselves. Your urinary tract consists of the urethra, bladder and kidneys (2 kidneys, right and left). The kidneys filter impurities from… »