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Tests during pregnancy

Tests during pregnancy

What tests are needed In my pregnancy?   Pathology Tests In early pregnancy (usually following the first visit) tests are arranged to check for anaemia (full blood count and iron studies), thyroid function, blood group, red cell antibodies, blood sugar check (for...

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Down Syndrome Screening

Down Syndrome Screening

This is a topic of conversation early in every pregnancy. It is important to consider this and work out what you want to do. There are three ‘screening’ options available: 1. No checking. Many patients opt for this as they would not do anything with an abnormal...

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Nuchal Translucency Scan (NTS)

Nuchal Translucency Scan (NTS)

What is a Nuchal Translucency Scan? A Nuchal Translucency Scan ( NTS) is a screening test to check for Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards’s Syndrome), Trisomy 13 (Palau’s Syndrome). An ultrasound scan is done between 11.5 and 13.5 weeks of pregnancy where...

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Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT)

Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT)

This is a new non-invasive way of checking your baby’s chromosomes and so excluding the most common chromosome disorders with a very degree of accuracy. Amongst my patients, the Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is now far more popular than the Nuchal Translucency...

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Morphology scan of the foetus

Morphology scan of the foetus

What is the foetal morphology scan for? This morphology ultrasound is suggested at 18-20 weeks gestation to check for abnormalities in your baby. The word “morphology” means the “form, structure and configuration” of your baby. Besides checking for abnormalities in...

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Growth and Well Being Scan

Growth and Well Being Scan

This externally sourced scan will occasionally be requested help verify your baby’s: Size – Your baby’s estimated weight especially if I find it significantly outside the normal range. Wellbeing (biophysical profile) – Whether or not there are signs of your baby’s...

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Diabetes Screening In Pregnancy

Diabetes Screening In Pregnancy

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is diagnosed when a woman has higher than normal blood glucose levels during pregnancy.   Why does GDM happen? Certain pregnancy hormones made by the placenta work to help prevent the mother from developing low blood sugar,...

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