Ep 46: A Guide to Prenatal Testing and What to Expect from Tests in Each Trimester – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #46: A Guide to Prenatal Testing and What to Expect from Tests in Each Trimester

Have you ever felt confused about prenatal testing and why your doctor is running so many tests on you during your pregnancy?

I realized that a lot of OBGYNs don't do a great job of explaining all of the tests we do during pregnancy, so I thought I'd walk you through the recommended ones. Thank you to Julie, who suggested this topic in the All About Pregnancy & Birth Facebook Group!

You'll have most of your testing done at the initial appointment, which includes a full blood count and some tests for various infections, too. Then we'll talk about some of the tests you can expect to receive in the second and third trimesters and why we do each test that we do. 

And don't worry about taking notes today - you can download a companion guide to this episode, with all the information about prenatal testing we'll cover today, right here.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What tests you can expect to get at your initial appointment and throughout the first, second, and third trimesters.
  • Why we do each test and how it helps your doctor monitor your health and the health of your baby.
  • A brief overview of some genetic tests you can receive.
  • Why and how we test for gestational diabetes, which is fairly common in the third trimester.
  • Why many doctors don't do an ultrasound in the third trimester.
  • Some of the infections that doctors test for and how they can affect your pregnancy & birth.

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Pregnancy, prenatal testing, blood tests, STI testing, gestational diabetes, genetic testing, ultrasound

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