Mr. Would be Daddy – Part 6/10

Mr. Would be Daddy – Part 6/10

As a father, it’s good for you to become a ‘reminder alarm’, for the laundry list of pregnancy tests that she will receive. What are these tests? First, the blood tests will check hemoglobin, cell counts, blood group, and sugar for ruling out diabetes. Urine analysis will check the presence of bacteria, protein, sugar and white blood cells. Blood will be screened for Rubella virus. Other infections like Hepatitis, Chlamydia, AIDS, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Toxoplasma, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes, will be tested. All tests may not be done at one time, but it will be good to check with the doctor if a particular test is pending and whether it’s required. Second, periodic BP measurement is extremely important. Try to get a portable BP machine and learn to check her BP, once a week. Third, USG will be routine and the baby’s heart rate will be checked during every visit. Fourth, please note the tests to detect genetic disorders i.e. Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS), Multiple Marker Screening Test, Amniocentesis, Screening for Neural Tube Defect, Anomaly Scan. One or more of these tests could be done. Fifth, if your blood group is Rh positive and the mother’s group is Rh negative, then she will receive an injection of RH immunoglobulin, at 28 weeks. Sixth, towards the end of pregnancy, the baby’s heart rate and kick count will be checked more frequently than earlier (e.g. non-stress test, USG-Doppler). Seventh, the doctor will check the presence of Group B streptococcus bacteria, so that they don’t pass on to the baby via the mother’s genital tract during delivery. If the test is positive, she will receive antibiotics. Finally, it’s critical for her to take two tetanus injections, roughly in the 7th month. The second injection is usually given 4 weeks after the first.


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