- Department of OB/GYN Home
- Women's Health Center
- Contact Us
- Location & Hours
- Commercial Ultrasounds
- Common Ob Terms
- Common Tests
- Gynecology Services
- Pregnancy Services
- Pregnancy Education
- New Parent Support
Blood pressure - Checked at each visit. A sudden rise in your normal blood pressure could be warning of complications, such as pre-eclampsia.
Blood type - Tests determine blood and Rh. type in case a blood transfusion is needed, and to prepare for the possibility of Rh. incompatibility.
GBS - Specimens are taken from the vagina and anus to determine the presence of strep bacteria. Strep is harmless in adults, but in rare cases a woman who has group B strep can infect her baby during delivery. If present, you will be given antibiotics during labor and delivery.
Glucose (O'Sullivan) - Glucose testing is done at 28 weeks gestation. High levels of glucose in blood may indicate gestational diabetes. * May be performed earlier in pregnancy if medically indicated.
Chlamydia / Gonorrhea testing - This test is done at the first visit by taking a specimen from the vagina. If present, a treatment is needed to prevent your unborn baby from becoming infected.
Hematocrit and Hemoglobin - These values are checked with prenatal labs and again at 28 weeks. Values are slightly reduced in pregnancy, but abnormal low levels require further examination and treatment.
Pap smear - This test maybe done on your first visit. Abnormal cells could require further study.
RPR - This test is done with prenatal labs to test for syphilis infection.
Rubella titer - High levels of rubella (German measles) antibodies in your blood indicate that you are immune to the disease. Checked with prenatal labs.
Vancella titer - To check if you are immune to Chicken Pox. Checked with prenatal labs.
page last modified on: 5/7/2013