Blood tests Scans and Pregnancy Information.
Book a Midwife before 10 weeks pregnant
It is important to get blood test & scans ordered early.
At 6--8 weeks pregnant -
1st Antenatal Blood Test-
Your Midwife or Doctor have the blood test forms!
Wellington laboratory customer services;
SCL laboratory 04-2450200
testing for blood group /antibody screen / rubella
/ H.I.V/ blood count- HB , Iron stores.
11-13 weeks: Pregnancy Screening tests -
Screen is testing for genetic abnormalities-
this test may lead to further testing if there is
a positive screening result. you would be discussing
this with your Midwife and be referred to the Hospitals
Maternal Fetal Medicine Team for follow up tests?
the 1st test Blood test for :-
M.S.S 1 Maternal Serum Screening blood test
2nd test Scans the Nuchal thickness at the back
of baby's neck - instructions with these tests-
(Phone & book Scan in advance Pacific Radiology)
https://www.pacificradiology.com 04 978 5500 or
Horizon Radiology 04 801 8527-
DR. Jay Marlow private pregnancy scanning clinic
3D scans small (Cost involved) in Wellington
If you don't have a Midwife contact 0800findamidwife
and get booked to see the hospital primary care midwifes
as early as possible. They can organise scans and blood tests for you.
20 weeks: Anatomy Scan for Baby –
looking at baby heart lungs stomach etc,
(book as above for Pacific Radiology or
Horizon Radiology or Wellington )
24- 28 weeks - 2nd Antenatal Blood Tests &
Glucose Challenge- It is 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: free vaccination for Whooping Cough-
this is to protect the pregnant woman and protect your baby in
the first 12 weeks- suggested the whanua/ family
get protected as whooping couch is in our community
and baby has no protection against whooping cough.
35-37 weeks: Screen for Group B strep (Low Vaginal Swab)
36 weeks: (only if needed) blood test for Antibodies?
Only needed if mother is a Negative blood group-
Haemoglobin and iron levels and iron stores
41 weeks: Post dates scan for growth, baby's placenta,
fluid volumes and placenta function,
to ensure baby can safely stay inside longer.
C.T.G- cardiotocograph The Midwife meets you in
Delivery Suite and monitors baby's heart rate
and discusses baby movements etc.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ENSURE
BABY IS MOVING WELL IN PREGNANCY -
baby will have noticeable movements every
2-4 hours in the second 20 weeks of pregnancy -
If things change and you have any concerns -
IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR MIDWIFE
OR DELIVERY SUITE.
Baby movements what is normal?
When to take action https://youtu.be/0BTHB-DVi8M
Danger signs in pregnancy :
Maternal Dehydration from morning sickness,
Vaginal bleeding, 1/2 a teaspoon on your underwear
or pad call your Midwife urgently
Abdominal pain, a high fever or temperature,
waters break or labour begins before 37 weeks,
DVT; deep vein thrombosis- breathing difficulties.
High blood pressure with a severe headache
swollen puffy face, hands legs- eye sight abnormalities-
epigastric tummy upset- shoulder tip pain- feeling unwell-
odd coloured urine) Reduced fetal -baby movements-
if in doubt make a call!
Call Midwife or Doctor or 111 ambulance - Take action-
Don't leave it! Health line 0800611116
Wellington Hospital Delivery Suite 048060845
HUTT MATERNITY 04-5666999 - ask for Delivery Suite.
Zika Virus is passed on from Mosquito Bites in certain
countries around the world including some Pacific Islands-
Complications from Zika can be baby malformations
and serious side effects for unborn babies.