If your blood counts are declining, you should ask your doctor about testing for Down syndrome, Patau’s syndrome, thrombophilia, diabetes, and thrombophilia. This is especially important if your pregnancy is complicated, and you have a family history of such conditions. However, you should also ask about other tests you might be due for while you’re pregnant. Below, we’ll discuss a few of the more common ones.
Testing for Down syndrome
If you’re considering having a baby, your doctor may suggest a screening test for Down syndrome. While the results of a screening test don’t guarantee that your baby will be affected, they may indicate that your child has an increased risk. Diagnostic testing is also an option. It can reveal whether your baby has Down syndrome or not. However, the decision to test your baby during pregnancy is largely personal, and may depend on your values and beliefs.
Testing for Patau’s syndrome
The sensitivity of the test for Patau’s syndrome is considered high if the patient has a combination of Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome, and Patau syndrome. However, the test sensitivity is not higher for a pregnant woman with a declining blood pressure than for a woman with a healthy blood pressure. If a pregnant woman has a high blood pressure, she may also have other underlying health conditions, such as lupus.
Testing for thrombophilia
While some types of thrombophilia increase the risk of a clot, others do not. The risks vary among individuals, and treatment of this disorder can improve your chances of conceiving a healthy child. Some blood tests lead to unnecessary treatments and risks. Others can result in the need for heparin, a medication that prevents blood clots. Depending on your condition, blood tests may be necessary to prevent pregnancy complications.
Testing for diabetes
If your glucose levels are not in control, you may have gestational diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a host of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and blindness. Your health care provider can detect diabetes through a blood sugar test during pregnancy. If you have diabetes or are at risk for it, you should have regular follow-up tests. This way, you will know exactly what your doctor is looking for and can take appropriate action.
Testing for trisomy 18
Performing prenatal screening for trisomy 18 is important for detecting trisomy 18 during pregnancy. If your test results are positive, your health care provider will refer you to genetic counselling to discuss the results of the test and the options for additional testing. The goal of genetic counselling is to identify the risk level for a child and to help make informed decisions about the best course of action. For example, if your blood test results are normal, your provider may recommend genetic testing to detect the condition.