July 04, 2018
(HealthDay News) -- Prenatal testing and care is a good idea
throughout pregnancy to make sure the pregnant woman and the fetus
The U.S. National Institutes of Health says these tests are
typically prescribed for pregnant women:
- Glucose challenge screening. This test is given between 24 and
26 weeks of pregnancy, and determines the woman's risk for
- Group B streptococcus. This test is given between 35 and 37
weeks to see if the woman harbors bacteria that could trigger
pneumonia in the fetus. If the woman tests positive, she will be
given an antibiotic during labor.
- Ultrasound. This imaging exam is typically given between 18 and
20 weeks to check for problems with the developing fetus.
- Urine test. At each prenatal medical visit, the pregnant woman
should give a urine sample, which will be tested for signs of
diabetes, urinary tract infection and preeclampsia (high blood
pressure during pregnancy).