Checks for women during pregnancy
Checks for women during pregnancy
Women will be offered a range of tests during their pregnancy to monitor the health of both mother and baby. Not only do these checks help to ensure a safer pregnancy, they include screenings for particular conditions that could prove harmful either now or further down the line. However, if these checks are carried out incorrectly, or if conditions are not spotted when they should be, this can have serious consequences for either mother or child, or both.
If you or someone you know has suffered because of negligence on behalf of a medical professional carrying out checks during pregnancy, do not hesitate to get in touch. Do so by calling the experts at Hospital Negligence on 0800 014 7481 or by completing our online enquiry form, enabling us to contact you.
Not every woman will undergo these tests during pregnancy, and every woman has the choice whether they wish to have them or not. Some of the more common are explored below.
Screening tests are conducted to detect conditions or diseases, aiming to capture these in their early stages before they develop into more serious problems. By catching these early on, it is more likely they can be successfully treated. The screening tests typically offered during pregnancy are:
· Ultrasound scans
· Blood tests
· A combination of the two
Ultrasound tests are used to detect physical abnormalities, such as spina bifida. Conducted at any time during pregnancy, these scans are painless and neither the mother nor baby will feel any side-effects. They involve sound waves being used to build a picture of the baby in the womb. Many expectant parents look forward to these scans as it allows them to 'see' their baby. However, the procedure is a serious one and could highlight any problems with the baby's development.
Blood tests can help to identify risks of inherited disorders, such as sickle cell anaemia, while they can also help to uncover risks of chromosomal abnormalities, including Down's syndrome. There are various blood tests offered during pregnancy, and these include:
- · Blood group
- · Diabetes
- · Rhesus disease
- · Anaemia
In addition to ultrasound and blood tests, pregnant women will typically be offered a range of other checks. Weight and height reviews, for example, are used to calculate body mass index. This is important because women who are overweight for their height can be more likely to experience difficulties, including blood clots, gestational diabetes and even miscarriage.
Urine tests are carried out to check for a number of things, including symptoms of pre-eclampsia. This affects around 5% of pregnant women and can result in, among other health issues, seizures for the mother and health and growth problems for the baby.
An expectant mother's blood pressure will also be taken every time they have an antenatal visit. While low blood pressure can result in spells of feeling lightheaded, higher blood pressure could indicate pregnancy-induced hypertension.
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With so many tests conducted throughout a typical pregnancy, it is important that all medical professionals involved are able to perform these properly and to the required level. Failure to do this can have very serious consequences.
Speak to the professional and caring team at Hospital Negligence today if you or someone you know has suffered any kind of birth injury that could have been prevented. Call us on 0800 014 7481 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.