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what tests to take?
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 07:18 PM
Am now 5 weeks pregnant (1st pregnancy), due in Feb 2013 and very excited to say the least
Just want to make sure i'm doing everything right. What tests should I be having done to ensure baby is ok in every way...
What kind of things can be detected in a blood test: Rh, required antibodies (eg rubella), iron levels, folate levels. Anything else?
Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:34 PM
I'd also recommend the following tests:
- Vit D - test every 2 months throughout PG. Optimum level is above 80. Here's some info on Vit D: http://www.mumzone.com.au/pregnancy/vitami...an-should-know/
- ferritin (stored iron) - test at begining of PG and end of each trimester, but don't take iron supplements unless tests show you're deficient 'cos too much is toxic, causes constipation and causes deficeincies in other nutrients, especially zinc. Optimum level is 60.
- zinc - do a zinc taste test every 4-6 weeks throughout PG. You can buy a taste test solution from chemist/health food shops, or some chemists will give you a test solution free to do in their shop. Really easy test - just swirl the liquid in your mouth and say what you taste to find out if you're deficient or not. Read this for more on importance of zinc: http://www.birth.com.au/Vitamins-minerals-.../Zinc?view=full
Also, you can't easily test for these (need to do a hair anaylsis test), but calcium, magnesium and chromium are really important in pregancy too. A magnesium deficiency causes leg cramps or chocolate cravings, so you'll probably know without needing to test. And chromium deficiency causes cravings for sugar, sweet foods and drinks, or starchy carbs. So you'll probably notice that too without needing to test.
Also, good idea to take folate & iodine for first 20 weeks. Blackmores have "i-folic" tablets that you can buy at Woolies fairly cheaply.
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