Prenatal Health

Are you looking for some basic information on how to promote prenatal health? Consider this list of prenatal lab tests to empower your well-being. Take early preventative care of your baby before birth. Make informed decisions and explore this article about prenatal health and prenatal lab testing.


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This test should be used only to determine pregnancy.


This test is specific for hCG beta subunit and offers sensitivity necessary to detect pregnancy as early as ten days post conception.


hCG may reach detectable limits within 7-10 days of conception. hCG is produced by the placenta and reaches a peak between the 7th and 10th week of gestation. hCG is a glycoprotein hormone produced by the syncytiotrophoblast of the placenta and secreted during normal pregnancy and with pathologic conditions such as hydatidiform mole, choriocarcinoma and testicular neoplasm. Order hCG, Total, Qualitative, Urine if hCG serum result is inconsistent with clinical presentation.

This test is specific for hCG beta subunit and offers sensitivity necessary to detect pregnancy as early as ten days post conception.

This test should be used only to determine pregnancy.

hCG may reach detectable limits within 7-10 days of conception. hCG is produced by the placenta and reaches a peak between the 7th and 10th week of gestation. hCG is a glycoprotein hormone produced by the syncytiotrophoblast of the placenta and secreted during normal pregnancy and with pathologic conditions such as hydatidiform mole, choriocarcinoma and testicular neoplasm. Order hCG, Total, Qualitative, Urine, if hCG serum result is inconsistent with clinical presentation.

ABO Group and Rh Type

Blood typing is used to determine an individual's blood group, to establish whether a person is blood group A, B, AB, or O and whether he or she is Rh positive or Rh negative.

The Different Blood Types

There are four major blood groups and eight different blood types. Doctors call this the ABO Blood Group System.

The groups are based on whether or not you have two specific antigens -- A and B:

  • Group A has the A antigen and B antibody.
  • Group B has the B antigen and the A antibody.
  • Group AB has A and B antigens but neither A nor B antibodies.
  • Group O doesn’t have A or B antigens but has both A and B antibodies.

There’s also a third kind of antigen called the Rh factor. You either have this antigen (meaning your blood type is “Rh+” or “positive”), or you don’t (meaning your blood type is “Rh-” or “negative”). So, from the four blood groups, there are eight blood types:

  • A positive or A negative
  • B positive or B negative
  • AB positive or AB negative
  • O positive or O negative

Antibodies to antigens in the ABO and Rh systems are the most common causes of hemolytic disease of the newborn.

Includes

  • CBC (includes Differential and Platelets)
  • Antibody Screen, RBC with Reflex to Identification, Titer, and Antigen Typing 
  • ABO Group and Rh Type
  • RPR (Diagnosis) with Reflex to Titer and Confirmatory Testing
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen with Reflex Confirmation*
  • Rubella Antibody (IgG), Immune Status
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  • If Antibody Screen is positive, Antibody Identification, Titer, and Antigen Typing will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 86870, 86886, 86905).
  • If RPR screen is reactive, RPR Titer and FTA Confirmatory testing will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 86593, 86780).
  • If Hepatitis B Surface Antigen is positive, confirmatory testing based on the manufacturer's FDA approved recommendations will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87341).
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DC - Comprehensive Obstetric - Prenatal Panel

This assay is intended for use in the assessment of risk for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic liver disease.

Elevated AFP concentrations in amniotic fluid provide laboratory support for the diagnosis of neural tube lesion in the fetus.

Additional test processing fees will be charged if initial results dictate Reflex (further) testing.


Clinical Significance

This test can be used to detect the presence or absence of large deletions in the HBA1 or HBA2 gene in patients or their family members suspected of having alpha thalassemia or who are carriers of alpha globin deletions. The assay can also be used in the prenatal diagnosis of alpha thalassemia. The assay does not determine the type or breakpoint of the rearrangement. This assay can be used instead of southern blot analysis to determine the total number of intact alpha globin genes.

Methodology

Capillary Electrophoresis • Multiplex PCR

Limitations

This test does not identify whether a two-gene deletion is in cis (on the same chromosome) or trans (on opposite chromosomes). In the absence of a coexisting deletion on the opposite chromosome, this test can identify the presence of an extra alpha globin gene (alpha triplication).

Alternative Name(s)

Hydrops Fetalis,Alpha-Globin Rare Deletion/Duplication,Hemoglobin Barts Hydrops Fetalis,Alpha-Globin Gene Triplication,Alpha-Globin Gene Number,Hemoglobin H Disease,Alpha-Thalassemia


IMPORTANT THIS IS A REFLUX TEST

Additional test processing fees will be charged if initial results dictate Reflex (further) testing.

REFLUX TESTS & CHARGES

  • ANTIBODY PANEL X 1 charge $89.00 
  • ANTIBODY TITER X 1 charge $29 
  • ANTIGEN TYPE X 1 charge $39 
  • ANTIBODY PANEL X 2 charge $ 179.00

This test is used to detect significant RBC antibodies.



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Measurement of the levels of bilirubin is used in the diagnosis and treatment of liver, hemolytic, hematologic, and metabolic disorders, including hepatitis and gall bladder obstruction. The assessment of direct bilirubin is helpful in the differentiation of hepatic disorders. The increase in total bilirubin associated with obstructive jaundice is primarily due to the direct (conjugated) fraction. Both direct and indirect bilirubin are increased in the serum with hepatitis.

Increased CRP levels are found in inflammatory conditions including: bacterial infection, rheumatic fever, active arthritis, myocardial infarction, malignancies and in the post-operative state. This test cannot detect the relatively small elevations of CRP that are associated with increased cardiovascular risk.

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Chlamydia trachomatis RNA, TMA

Patient Preparation 

Urine specimens: The patient should not have urinated for at least one hour prior to specimen collection. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen.

Urine: Patient should not have urinated within one hour prior to collection. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen. Direct patient to provide a first-catch urine (a maximum of 20-30 mL of the initial urine stream) into a urine collection cup free of any preservatives. 2 mL of urine specimen must be transferred into the APTIMA® specimen transport within 24 hours of collection and before being assayed. Use tube provided in the urine specimen collection kit for urine specimens. The fluid (urine plus transport media) level in the urine tube must fall within the clear pane on the tube labe

Clinical Significance

C. trachomatis infections are the leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases in the united states. C. trachomatis is known to cause cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), epididymitis and proctitis. It is also the most frequent cause of non-gonococcal urethritis in men. Among women, the consequences of chlamydial infections are severe if left untreated. Approximately half of chlamydial infections are asymptomatic.


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Chlamydia/Neisseria gonorrhoeae RNA, TMA

Patient Preparation 

Urine specimen: The patient should not have urinated for at least one hour prior to specimen collection. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen.

Urine: Patient should not have urinated within one hour prior to collection. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen. Direct patient to provide a first-catch urine (a maximum of 20-30 mL of the initial urine stream) into a urine collection cup free of any preservatives. 2 mL of urine specimen must be transferred into the APTIMA® specimen transport within 24 hours of collection and before being assayed. Use tube provided in the urine specimen collection kit for urine specimens. The fluid (urine plus transport media) level in the urine tube must fall within the clear pane on the tube label.

 

Clinical Significance

C. trachomatis infections are the leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. C. trachomatis is known to cause cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), epididymitis and proctitis. It is also the most frequent cause of non-gonococcal urethritis in men. Among women, the consequences of Chlamydialinfections are severe if left untreated. Approximately half of Chlamydial infections are asymptomatic.
Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonococci) is the causative agent of gonorrhea. In men, this disease generally results in anterior urethritis accompanied by purulent exudate. In women, the disease is most often found in the cervix, but the vagina and uterus may also be infected.


A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia, and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)

NOTE: Only measurable biomarkers will be reported.

Reflex Parameters for Manual Slide Review
  Less than  Greater Than 
WBC  1.5 x 10^3  30.0 x 10^3 
Hemoglobin  7.0 g/dL  19.0 g/dL 
Hematocrit  None  75%
Platelet  100 x 10^3  800 x 10^3 
MCV  70 fL  115 fL 
MCH  22 pg  37 pg 
MCHC  29 g/dL  36.5 g/dL 
RBC  None  8.00 x 10^6 
RDW  None  21.5
Relative Neutrophil %  1% or ABNC <500  None 
Relative Lymphocyte %  1% 70%
Relative Monocyte %  None  25%
Eosinophil  None  35%
Basophil  None  3.50%
     
Platelet  <75 with no flags,
>100 and <130 with platelet clump flag present,
>1000 
Instrument Flags Variant lymphs, blasts,
immature neutrophils,  nRBC’s, abnormal platelets,
giant platelets, potential interference
     
The automated differential averages 6000+ cells. If none of the above parameters are met, the results are released without manual review.
CBC Reflex Pathway

Step 1 - The slide review is performed by qualified Laboratory staff and includes:

  • Confirmation of differential percentages
  • WBC and platelet estimates, when needed
  • Full review of RBC morphology
  • Comments for toxic changes, RBC inclusions, abnormal lymphs, and other
  • significant findings
  • If the differential percentages agree with the automated counts and no abnormal cells are seen, the automated differential is reported with appropriate comments

Step 2 - The slide review is performed by qualified Laboratory staff and includes: If any of the following are seen on the slide review, Laboratory staff will perform a manual differential:

  • Immature, abnormal, or toxic cells
  • nRBC’s
  • Disagreement with automated differential
  • Atypical/abnormal RBC morphology
  • Any RBC inclusions

Step 3 If any of the following are seen on the manual differential, a Pathologist will review the slide:

  • WBC<1,500 with abnormal cells noted
  • Blasts/immature cells, hairy cell lymphs, or megakaryocytes
  • New abnormal lymphocytes or monocytes
  • Variant or atypical lymphs >15%
  • Blood parasites
  • RBC morphology with 3+ spherocytes, RBC inclusions, suspect Hgb-C,
  • crystals, Pappenheimer bodies or bizarre morphology
  • nRBC’s

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel


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Cortisol is increased in Cushing's Disease and decreased in Addison's Disease (adrenal insufficiency).

Culture, Urine, Routine 

Test Details

IMPORTANT- this is a REFLEX test..... ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL BE APPLIED IF TEST IS POSITIVE.

If culture is positive, CPT code(s): 87088 (each isolate) will be added with an additional charge.  Identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149).

Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

  • ORG ID 1. $ 12.45 
  • ORG ID 2. $ 23.95 
  • PRESUMPTIVE ID 1. $ 12.45 
  • PRESUMPTIVE ID 2. $ 23.95 
  • SUSC-1  $14.95 
  • SUSC-2  $28.95
     

Clinical Significance

Culture, Urine, Routine - This culture is designed to quantitate the growth of significant bacteria when collected by the Clean Catch Guidelines or from indwelling catheters.  Quantitative culturing of urine is an established tool to differentiate significant bacteruria from contamination introduced during voiding. This test has a reference range of less than 1,000 bacteria per mL. More than 95% of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are attributed to a single organism. Infecting organisms are usually present at greater that 100,000 per mL, but a lower density may be clinically important. In cases of UTI where more than one organism is present, the predominant organism is usually significant and others are probably urethral or collection contaminants. When multiple organisms are isolated from patients with indwelling catheters, UTI is doubtful and colonization likely.


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Measuring the circulating levels of estradiol is important for assessing the ovarian function and monitoring follicular development for assisted reproduction protocols. Estradiol plays an essential role throughout the human menstrual cycle. Elevated estradiol levels in females may also result from primary or secondary ovarian hyperfunction. Very high estradiol levels are found during the induction of ovulation for assisted reproduction therapy or in pregnancy. Decreased estradiol levels in females may result from either lack of ovarian synthesis (primary ovarian hypofunction and menopause) or a lesion in the hypothalamus-pituitary axis (secondary ovarian hypofunction). Elevated estradiol levels in males may be due to increased aromatization of androgens, resulting in gynecomastia.

IMPORTANT - Note this Estradiol test is not for children that have yet to start their menstrual cycle.  If this test is ordered for a child that has yet to begin their menstrual cycle Quest Diagnostics labs will substitute in Estradiol, Ultrasensitive LC/MS/MS - #30289 at an additional charge of $34


Estrogens are a group of steroids that regulate the menstrual cycle and function as the main female sex hormones. The most common forms of estrogens tested are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). Estrogens are responsible for the development of female sex organs and secondary sex characteristics and are tied to the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. They are considered the main sex hormones in women and are present in small quantities in men. E1 and E2 are the two main estrogens in non-pregnant females.Estrone (E1) is derived from metabolites from the adrenal gland and is often made in adipose tissue (fat). Estrone can be converted into estrdiol or estriol when needed. Estrone is present in small amounts in children prior to puberty and then increases slightly at puberty for both males and females. While levels remain constant in adult males, it will increase and fluctuate for females during the menstrual cycle. After menopause, it becomes the major estrogen, with E2 and E3 levels diminishing greatly.Estradiol (E2) is the predominant form and is produced primarily in the ovaries with additional amounts produced by the adrenal glands in women and in the testes and adrenal glands in men. In menstruating women, levels vary throughout the month, rising and falling in concert with FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone), and progesterone as follicles are stimulated in the ovaries, an egg is released, and the uterus prepares for a potential pregnancy. The level is lowest at the beginning of the menstrual cycle and rise to their highest level just before the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation). Normal levels of estradiol provide for proper ovulation, fertilization of the egg (conception), and pregnancy, in addition to promoting healthy bone structure and regulating cholesterol levels.



Prenatal care is one of the most widely and often utilized health care services to improve pregnancy outcomes in the U.S. Over 18 million prenatal health care visits happened in 2015 alone. A central part of this is prenatal testing.

What is prenatal testing, and how does it affect outcomes? Keep reading to learn how to promote prenatal health and empower your well-being.

What Is Prenatal Health Care?

Prenatal health care is an umbrella term covering multiple areas of medical treatment, checkups. It tests a person undergoes as soon as they become pregnant or believe they might be pregnant. The initial steps taken during the first 13 weeks, or the first trimester, often includes scheduling the first of multiple prenatal care checkups.

You can schedule these checkups with:

  • A trusted family doctor or your general physician
  • An OB/GYN (obstetrician or gynecologist) who specializes in reproductive health, pregnancy, prenatal care, and childbirth
  • An OB with training in maternal-fetal medicine if you are predisposed to a high-risk pregnancy
  • A certified midwife who is an advanced practice registered nurse that specializes in prenatal treatment, pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care

Whenever you consider seeing a new healthcare provider, consider your options and your needs. For example, is there anything in your medical history that could put you at risk for complications? Are you looking for someone to discuss prenatal genetic testing with?

Prenatal health care helps you have a pregnancy that is healthy and full-term. Your appointments will likely be more frequent in the first few weeks and near your due date. These checkups will repeat regularly to: 

  • Monitor fetal development
  • Check your vitals
  • Conduct tests
  • Administer medications or vaccines 

Risk Factors for Prenatal Health Issues

Many aspects of life can put a person at high risk for complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Some risk factors for prenatal health issues are environmental, such as exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). EDCs cause issues with the body's normal functions and hormone signaling.

EDCs are found in: 

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • BPA
  • Phthalates
  • Industrial products and waste

Fetuses exposed to EDCs are potentially at risk for poor outcomes or later-onset thyroid dysfunction. Levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals can be measured in urine and fetal tube blood. However, the actual threat is still unknown.

Several pregnancy-related health issues can lead to complications, miscarriage, or stillbirth. Examples of these conditions include:  

  • Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Poorly managed asthma
  • Folate deficiency
  • Heart disorders
  • Blood disorders

Pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure)Outcomes associated with pregnancy-related health issues are: 

  • Placental abnormalities
  • Premature delivery
  • Low birth weight
  • Macrosomia
  • Facial deformities
  • Fetal growth restriction (FGR)

Issues that Can Occur Affecting Prenatal Health

Another pregnancy-related health issue, folate deficiency, which is especially impactful during the first trimester, can lead to neural tube birth defects (NTDs) such as anencephaly or spina bifida. However, if folate deficiency or other pregnancy-related health issues are recognized early enough, you can receive treatment or make changes that lower the risk.

In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made changes that required manufacturers to fortify foods with 140 mcg folate to lower the risk of NTDs. Such food products include:

  • Cornmeal
  • Bread
  • Flours
  • Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Various grain products

A pregnant person may not get enough folate through diet alone and have to rely on prenatal supplements. The change in folate fortification leads to a decrease of neural tube defects by 50 percent in the U.S.

In addition to folate deficiency, a pregnant person is more likely to develop an iron deficiency or anemia. This is because a pregnant body must produce more blood to support the fetus, and the body may not be able to produce enough red blood cells. Iron is necessary for creating more red blood cells and staying healthy.  

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Issues that Can Occur with Prenatal Health Issues?

Conditions affecting your health or the health of the fetus may not always show symptoms, but experienced doctors can typically see the signs. Signs and symptoms of potential issues include:

  • Bleeding, itching, or vaginal leakage
  • Severe pain in stomach or back
  • Blurry vision
  • Recurrent or intense headaches
  • Rash
  • Excessive vomiting or nausea
  • Fever above 101F
  • Painful urination
  • Swelling on one side of the body

Signs of dangerous conditions like ectopic pregnancy, when the fertilized egg develops outside of the uterus, may become apparent a few weeks in. The first symptoms are vaginal bleeding or spotting, pain in the pelvis, cramps, nausea, and pain in your neck or shoulder. It can be confirmed with a pelvic exam and an ultrasound.

Additionally, lab tests can check hCG levels. In the first trimester, hCG blood levels should double every few days. Abnormal hCG results could point to an ectopic pregnancy.

In later trimesters, your doctor may monitor fetal movement. Fetal movement count or kick count tests start around 20 weeks in. Your doctor will ask for you to feel for how often the fetus kicks.

You will keep track of the amount of time it takes to feel ten kicks or movements. Ten movements within one hour are typical.

The Lab Tests to Screen, Diagnose, and Monitor Prenatal Health Issues

Prenatal tests are regular procedures done to check on the health of you and the fetus and to detect congenital anomalies. Some tests are often repeated several times throughout the pregnancy. Here are some examples of routine prenatal tests:

Blood pressure: Regular blood pressure monitoring is essential for preventing or treating pre-eclampsia and the damage it causes.  

Urinalysis: This test checks your urine for infections, proteins, and glucose levels.  

hCG Total: hCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone that becomes detectable in the blood in the very early stages of pregnancy. Initial hCG testing checks for any amount of hCG to confirm pregnancy. Subsequent screenings track levels and totals to help track development and detect potential complications or signs of a miscarriage.

Complete Blood Count: CBC is a specific blood test that assesses the body's three primary blood cell types: white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. CBC panels are run as early as possible, ideally before conception, to look for signs of anemia, infection, or blood clotting issues. 

Blood Typing (ABO Group and Rh Type) Tests: You will have routine checks for infections, organ function, and hormone levels. Additionally, you may be tested to find out your blood type: A, B, AB, or O and your Rh factor—a compound present on the red blood cells of some people. You are either Rh-positive or Rh-negative. 

Understanding this is crucial because if you are Rh-negative with an Rh-positive fetus, both of you are at risk for hemolytic disease. To help prevent dangerous or fatal consequences, the drug RhoGAM is given to suppress the immune response that leads to hemolytic shock.  

Other routine tests include tracking your weight. These screenings often happen once (and usually during your first trimester):

Genetic Carrier Screening Tests: This test looks at samples of your saliva or blood for genetic markers indicating you are a carrier of genetic conditions that can affect your fetus. Carriers are unaffected but pass on the faulty genes. This is conducted before or in the first trimester.

Noninvasive Prenatal Testing: This test finds traces of fetal DNA in your blood. The fetal DNA is tested for genetic conditions like trisomy 13, trisomy 18, and trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). The results are typically accurate but not indisputable.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: These are highly infectious diseases that pose a serious risk to fetal health and development. Immunity testing is best done before becoming pregnant. Otherwise, this will be a part of your first prenatal checkup.  

TSH: Thyroid-stimulating hormone level testing occurs in the first trimester. Your prenatal healthcare provider will advise you on whether you need regular screenings. Those with hypothyroidism receive tests monthly until their 3rd trimester. 

Varicella-Zoster Virus: VZV is responsible for chickenpox and shingles infections. While chickenpox infections usually infect children who become immune, the virus can re-emerge as shingles later in life. Testing for VZV antibodies early on is necessary as the germ can cross the placenta and cause fetal defects or sickness. 

Some screening tests are conducted later in pregnancy. These occur during the second or third trimester: 

Chorionic Villus Sampling: Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) takes a sample of placenta tissue to test for genetic disorders. It is invasive, and potential side effects include cramping, bleeding, infection, preterm labor, and in rare cases, limb defects. This may happen late into the first trimester or early into the second. 

Amniocentesis: Similar to a CVS, amniocentesis tests amniotic fluid for lung development and infections. This screening tool can specifically uncover possible genetic conditions like chromosomal disorders, Tay-Sachs disease, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis. It is commonly run in the second or third trimester. 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

STIs, such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, have pronounced consequences on pregnancy. Silent infections may lay dormant for years without symptoms. Proceeding with pregnancy with an untreated STI sharply increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, early delivery, SIDS, brain damage, meningitis, and cirrhosis.

While you may deny routine testing of STIs in some areas of the country, screening is strongly recommended, at least during the first trimester. Subsequent tests are advisable for those at a higher risk.

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

There are two common laboratory tests for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The first test is run in the early weeks of pregnancy: 

Hemoglobin A1c: By checking hemoglobin A1c levels in the first trimester, it is potentially easier to predict GDM before it happens. Those with A1c levels in the "prediabetic" range will need regular blood glucose checks and monitoring. 

As you hit milestones in your pregnancy and make it past the second trimester, your chance of developing GDM rises. The placenta secretes necessary hormones that have an adverse effect in some, impacting how your body uses insulin.   

Blood Glucose: The first type of blood glucose test takes place over the span of an hour. You will ingest a drink high in glucose and have your blood glucose levels checked in one hour. By comparing these results to prior levels, a doctor gauges your risk of GDM. 

glucose challenge test followed by a two-hour glucose tolerance are methods for screening pregnant people and diagnosing GDM. This type of diabetes increases the risk of complications like premature birth, birth injury, respiratory distress syndrome, jaundice, and the need for a cesarean section. You are at a higher risk for GDM if:

  • You are older than 25
  • You have had GDM before
  • You have PCOS, hormonal imbalances, high blood pressure, or heart disease
  • You are prediabetic
  • You have a BMI of 25 or higher
  • You have a family history of diabetes

Your prenatal care provider can help identify what tests are right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Prenatal Health and Lab Testing for Prenatal Health

Prenatal lab testing helps parents-to-be understand whether their fetus is at risk for birth defects or genetic conditions. Here are some frequently asked questions about prenatal testing and their answers.

Why Do People Get Prenatal Tests?

Your prenatal healthcare provider may recommend screening or diagnostic tests during different trimesters to monitor your health and the development of the fetus. The types of tests may depend on your age, health, medical history, and other factors.

How Do I Get a Prenatal Test?

Ulta Lab Tests offers over 1,000 lab tests and a variety of wellness panels. You can order our tests online, have your blood drawn at a participating patient service center, and review your results online.

What Do I Do with the Results?

Regardless of whether your test results come back within normal ranges or contain abnormalities, we strongly urge you to see your doctor. In the case of prenatal care, you need to work with a specialist to understand the next best steps. Using your test results, a physician can provide you with an official diagnosis. 

Prenatal Testing with Ulta Lab Tests

Several factors, many of which are out of your control, impact your health and the health of your fetus. Help yourself with prenatal testing and by working with a trusted medical professional. 

Ulta Lab Tests offers tests that are accurate and reliable. You will get secure, confidential results without insurance or a referral at affordable prices when you order your testing with Ulta Lab Tests. You can order your comprehensive obstetric and prenatal lab tests and receive your results online within 24 to 48 hours for most tests.

Take control of your health with Ulta Lab Tests today!