AM I PREGNANT ?
If you suspect you are pregnant because of delayed or irregular menses, do a self-urine pregnancy test which you can buy from any pharmacy. If it is positive then contact parkway women and fertility clinic.
if it is an unwanted pregnancy please refer to abortion page.
Your prenatal health care provider will want to know all about your health and your partner's health in order to provide the best care for your pregnancy General check-up. You'll be receiving a head-to-toe examination to evaluate your general well-being, including your weight and blood pressure.
A bimanual exam will allow your doctor to assess your gestational age by feeling the size and shape of your uterus. She'll also evaluate the structure of your pelvic bones, and check for growths such as fibroids or ovarian cysts.
Your cervix will be inspected to look for any irregularities or discharge. You'll have a pap smear to determine if there are any abnormal cervical cells and tests to check for infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Blood and urine tests
You'll receive blood tests to check your blood type, antibody screen, blood cell count, and to test for syphilis, hepatitis, rubella, and HIV (with your permission). Urine testing will check for bacteria, sugar, and protein.
You may be offered tests to detect inheritable diseases. You'll hear about options for expanded AFP testing (a blood test to screen for neural tube defects and Down syndrome) and, if older than 35 during your pregnancy, chromosomal testing (amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling/CVS).
Amniocentesis is used to help diagnose chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome. It is also used to determine risks for open spina bifida in certain cases.
Amniotic fluid can also be used to test for other genetic conditions. This is offered only when a genetic counsellor and geneticist identify a risk for a genetic condition after obtaining a detailed family history.
Amniocentesis is a minimally invasive procedure which only takes approximately 10 ~20 minutes with a resting period of 30 minutes after.
It is usually done between 16 to 18 weeks from the last menstrual period. An ultrasound examination is done to identify the position of the placenta and the developing baby.
Using the ultrasound as a guide, an obstetrician inserts a fine needle through the abdominal wall and into the uterus. Approximately 15 ml (about a tablespoon) of amniotic fluid is withdrawn from the surroundings of the developing baby. The procedure lasts only a few minutes and cramping may occur.