Blood tests & Scans during pregnancy
Book to see your Midwife before 10 weeks pregnancy
important to get blood test & scans ordered early.
6--8 weeks: 1st Antenatal Blood Test
Your Midwife or Doctor can give you a blood test form for:-
Wellington laboratory customer services SCL 04-2450200
08003815900 www.wellingtonscl.co.nz WHY? we need to test for your blood group /antibody screen / rubella / HIV? blood count- HB , Iron levels, etc (please note: Midwife cannot book you into a hospital facility without this booking blood test- essential life saving information like your blood group is recorded from this blood test.)
11-13 weeks: Pregnancy Screening tests -Screen is testing for genetic abnormalities- this test may lead to further testing if it is positive. If you had a lower than expected result you would be discussing this with your Midwife and quickly be referred to the Hospital Clinic Maternal Fetal Medicine team for discussion and follow up tests.
1st test MSS 1 Maternal Serum Screening blood test
2nd test Nuchal Baby Scan - (Phone & book Scan in advance Pacific Radiology https://www.pacificradiology.com 04 978 5500 or Horizon Radiology 04 801 8527-
DR. Jay Marlow offers a private pregnancy scanning clinic in Wellington 04-8964510
If you don't have a Midwife contact 0800findamidwife and get booked into the hospital clinic as early as possible. They can organise scans and blood tests for you.
20 weeks: Anatomy Scan for Baby–(book as above for Pacific Raliology or Horizon Radiology )
26 weeks:2nd Antenatal Blood Tests & Glucose Challenge- very important to check for gestational diabetes and get treated as early as possible as it has health implications for you your unborn baby.
28- 36 weeks: Get your free vaccination for Whooping Cough
this is to protect the pregnant woman and protect your baby in the first 12 weeks- advice all the whanua / family to get protected as well as whooping couch is in our community and baby has no protection against whooping cough otherwise.
35-37 weeks: Screen for Group B strep (Low Vaginal Swab).
36 weeks: (only if needed) Antibody? HB? / iron levels?
41 weeks: Post dates scan for growth and placenta function, plus the Midwife will meet you in Delivery suite to do A cardiotocograph on baby to check baby heart rate and movements etc.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ENSURE BABY IS MOVING VERY WELL IN PREGNANCY - ANY CONCERNS IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR MIDWIFE OR DELIVERY SUITE
Danger signs: dehydration from morning sickness, vaginal bleeding, strong abdominal pain, high temp, waters breaking, shortness of breath, Call LMC or Doctor or if very unwell call 111 ambulance - please take action- don't leave it!
Wellington Hospital Delivery Suite 048060845
HUTT MATERNITY 04-5666999 - ask for Delivery Suite.
Alert Zika Virus 2016 is passed on from Mosquito Bites in certain countries around the world including some Pacific Islands
Go to Ministry of Health NZ www.health.govt.nz>ourwork>ZikaVirus for more information or Health line NZ 0800611116 if you think you have symptoms. Complications from zika can be baby malformations and serious side effects for unborn babies.