During pregnancy and after birth…
you and your baby will be offered different tests…
by the obstetrician or gynaecologist.
So make an appointment on time!
What investigations can you expect?
From week 8 you can check your blood
have it investigated.
The laboratory then examines
whether your baby could get sick…
because you have one of the infectious diseases
have HIV, syphilis or hepatitis B.
Or by antibodies against
blood groups in your blood.
Treatment is almost always possible
to protect your baby.
You can also have your baby tested for a
illness or physical abnormality.
You choose whether you want to investigate these.
If you want, you will have a conversation about this
with the obstetrician or gynaecologist.
The NIPT is a blood test that you
can have it done from week 11.
The lab is testing your blood…
and see if your baby has down syndrome, edwards syndrome
or have Patau syndrome.
The 13 week ultrasound is an ultrasound examination…
to physical abnormalities.
The baby is still small…
but some, often serious abnormalities…
Also the 20 week ultrasound…
is an ultrasound examination for physical abnormalities.
The baby is bigger now…
so there are more details to see.
From 22 weeks of pregnancy you can
getting a shot for whooping cough…
that protects you and your baby.
Whooping cough can be done for newborn babies
be a very dangerous disease.
Do you have Rhesus D-negative blood type…
or blood type Rhesus small c-negative?
Then you will have another blood test in week 27.
The lab will re-examine your blood…
and see if you are making antibodies against your baby’s blood.
If you make antibodies, you get more research…
or treatment is needed.
Are you Rhesus D negative?
then the laboratory also examines the Rhesus D
your baby’s blood group in your blood.
Is Your Baby Rhesus D Positive?
Then you will get a shot with anti-D
if you are 30 weeks pregnant.
And again after giving birth.
Shortly after birth, your baby will receive the heel prick.
This is a blood test for more than 20 serious…
early detection of rare diseases.
Treatment can then begin quickly if necessary.
This prevents serious damage to
your child’s development.
After birth, your baby will also receive the hearing test…
to check if your baby is well
enough to learn to talk.
The hearing test is usually done
at home with the heel prick.
Sometimes later at the consultation office.
Look for more information about this
research at www.pns.nl.