During your pregnancy, your midwife or doctor will recommend that you have medical tests, this is something that all women need as part of their routine prenatal care. It is important to have these tests as they provide important information about your baby and you.
You will be required to give either a sample of blood or urine and these will be checked for the following conditions: urinary tract infection, HIV, blood type and Rh factor, group B strep, syphilis, signs of past German measles, otherwise known as rubella, and hepatitis B.
If you are under the age of 24 and deemed to have other factors that would put your health at risk, your midwife or doctor may also check for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Your midwife or doctor will also regularly check your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure it can be a sign that you have preeclampsia, this is a health problem that some women develop during pregnancy.