- Your prenatal care is important since any adverse events can create complications for your pregnancy. You will need to have routine office visits that include physical exams and routine lab tests.
- Your first trimester needs to have a complete blood count taken and any indications for diseases need to be addressed during this critical period. Ultrasound testing can show you how your fetus is growing.
- Your second trimester may include blood tests to rule out any odd patterns or low number counts. Any fetus defects may be indicated with abnormal blood tests. Women who are older during pregnancy or who have a medical history of certain complications may need to be particularly cautious during a second trimester period.
- Your third trimester may include certain screenings and IV penicillin can be used for any disease indications. A glucose assessment is frequently given to rule out any diabetic issues. Your blood pressure will be assessed on a regular basis as well.
- Imaging is a state of the art examination that provides a dating scan of your fetus at several gestational ages.
- X-rays and computerized tomography (CT scans) are not used during pregnancy because of their ionizing radiation emissions.
- Obstetric ultrasonography is the type of imaging method that is frequently used for obstetrics imaging. This type of imaging does not emit any radiation.