Post # 1
Juat had my annual, and mentions to the obgyn that I’m planning on ttc next year. She had blood drawn, which I’ve never had at an annual before. Is this common before ttc, and if so, what are they testing for? She was very vague, and because it was I accepted I was a bit flustered. Is this normal or should I call for me info later today?
Post # 2
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I guess it depends on where you are…
In Australia, a general practitioner will often perform prenatal screening for women planning on TTC. The blood tests would probably have included:
– Full blood count (checking for anaemia)
– Serum antibodies (anti-D)
– Glucose (in Aus we also do a glucose challenge or tolerance test)
– Screening for infections: rubella, syphilis, HIV, Hep B
Some also do vitamin D and thyroid function.
Perhaps you could call the clinic and talk to a nurse there, they will be able to explain what their procedure is.
Post # 3
yogahhh: I think if you communicate to your DR you are going to TTC, they will do bloodwork to make sure all is in order.
They will do bloodwork (which is a lot longer list than what PP mentioned) at your first prenatal exam for sure.
Each DR will ask for slightly different tests– I’m at the same practice as I was with my first pregnancy, but with a different DR, and the tests were slightly different.
Your DR just sounds like they are being pro-active- which is totally cool and not a bad thing.
Post # 4
yogahhh: I get blood drawn at every annual physical (in addition to a pap every 3 years.) For my doc its routine. I think its a good idea to know what your results are when you’re healthy so you have something to compare to when you are having some kind of issue. That’s even before my doc and I discussed TTCing. And he/she is likely checking to ensure there aren’t any deficiencies that would hinder TTC (TSH, Iron, D, Glucose) and some might check your immunities to ensure you don’t need any booster shots prior to TTC.
Post # 5
My GP always gives me a req form for blood tests at a physical. I’m in Canada. I don’t have it done there, it is done at a lab and some of the tests require fasting.
Post # 6
I’d just call and ask. It’s your records.
Another thing they may test for is your blood type so they know if you’re RH-.
Post # 7
Thanks! Glad to know this is a pretty standard practice!
Also, apologize for the horrible sentence structure and grammar! Was typing this as I walked back to work. I normally have a much better handle of the English language than my post would lead one to believe!
Post # 8
This is normal, often times they will check a Cbc ( comple blood count), mostly to check your hemoglobin , hematocrit and red blood cell count. Those tests will notify them if you’re anemic. If you are they might recommend a multivitamin before getting pregnant. The rational for that is that most women who are anemic will become further anemic with pregnancy. They will probably also check your serum glucose as well as your cholesterol.