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Why Should You Go For A Pregnancy Panel?

Binish Ahmed

A pregnancy panel will help monitor the proper growth of your baby.

What are the first signs of pregnancy?

The first and most prominent signs of pregnancy are: 

Missed periods: When you conceive, ovulation stops, thereby stopping your periods as well.

Morning sickness: The most common pregnancy symptom that occurs within weeks after conception. Feeling nauseous and vomiting in the morning are signs that you’re pregnant.

Fatigue: This is the second-most common symptom of pregnancy.

Food cravings: You might feel like eating or develop an aversion to certain foods.

Apart from these signs, headaches, swollen legs, dizziness, back pain and mood swings are some of the first symptoms of pregnancy.

What happens in a pregnancy panel?

The following health screenings are conducted in this panel:

I trimester: 

  • Blood group and Rh type will be analyzed
  • Complete blood count(CBC) will be checked
  • A urine test will be conducted to detect infections
  • Thyroid panel to check for elevated thyroid hormone levels
  • Glucose panel to assess the levels of blood sugar
  • Serology- Includes test HIV, HCV, VDRL, and HBsAg. This panel is for the detection of sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis.

II trimester/ 18-22 week:

  • Complete blood count(CBC) will be checked
  • A urine test will be conducted to detect infections
  • OGCT test( with 75 gms of glucose) to detect gestational diabetes
  • A urine test will be conducted to detect infections

III trimester/ 32-34 weeks:

  • Complete blood count(CBC) will be checked
  • A urine test will be conducted to detect infections
  • OGCT test( with 75 gms of glucose) to detect gestational diabetes
  • A urine test will be conducted to detect infections

Serum markers:

The following markers are used to detect genetic diseases and birth defects

  1. Double marker-@10-13 weeks – Beta HCG, PAPP-A
  2. Triple marker-@ 15-20 weeks-AFP, Beta HCG, Unconjugated Estriol
  3. Quadruple marker-16-22 weeks( more accurate between 16-18weeks)- AFP, Beta HCG, Unconjugated Estriol, Inhibin A

Radiology:

Scans help in monitoring the baby’s development in the womb and to help see if anything is wrong. Following scans are conducted:

  • Viability scan- 7 weeks+
  • NT/NB scan- 11+6 days- 13+6 days
  • Anomaly scan- 18-22weeks
  • Interval growth scan- 28-32 weeks
  • Term scan(optional)- 36-38 weeks

Why should you go for a pregnancy panel?

If you have missed your period or are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it is best to opt for a pregnancy confirmation test. Once you receive the test results, immediately consult with a doctor to know about further care and best-practices you should follow during your pregnancy. For any queries about pregnancy, you can use the mfine app to consult with top gynecologists who’ll help you through your pregnancy journey.

How to book a pregnancy panel online?

You can easily book a pregnancy panel online through the mfine app and get your tests done conveniently at your home. Download the mfine app and connect with highly experienced gynecologists near you.

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