7 Most Important Tests Done During Pregnancy: Which Ones Do You Need? (PHOTOS)

pregnancyWhen you're pregnant, it can sometimes feel like you spend your entire life in the doctor's office. Whether you are getting a shot, withdrawing blood for testing, waving a wand on your belly, drinking gross juice, or answering a million questions, it really can start to feel totally, insanely invasive.

But take heart! These tests actually DO serve a purpose and, in most cases, serve to make your baby (and you) much healthier in the long run. So just how many tests are required? In a healthy pregnancy, there are many tests that need to (or should) be done prior to the birth. We consulted Dr. Erica Song, a partner at Englewood OB-GYN Women's Group, and Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, an OB-GYN at Yale and First Response spokesperson.

These are the 7 tests and why we take them, so listen up! See below:

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miche... micheledo


I only did the group B strep test with my last pregnancy.  And I am skipping all of them this pregnancy.

With my first four I only did the group B and the sugar test.

How did my children survive????


nonmember avatar Shannon

I agree with the pre-pregnancy genetic testing. A good friend had a little boy with cystic fibrosis. If she had know both her and her husband were carriers, she would have chosen to adopt. I disagree with the CVS and amnio. I had my twins at 41 and chose not to do either because the risk of miscarriage outweighed the risk of birth defects. I instead chose to have a blood screening done (a type of the AFP test)and a diagnostic ultrasound of both babies. Once all those tests were done, the risk of either child being born wist a birth defect was assessed as 0.1%. Both are happy, healthy 2 y.o.s.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

I only did group b strep in case of a hospital transfer. No way to the rest.

lalab... lalaboosh

I only had a blood test to check for disease and nutrition levels. A lot of testing only creates anxiety in mama. I'm glad that we can get individualized care so those who want or need lots of testing can get it and people who are not interested can pass.

aeneva aeneva

Are you kidding me that you think EVERY woman needs these tests?  Not even doctors recommend that all women have them.  I declined them all myself and OH MY the kids are both very happy and healthy!

amazz... amazzonia

Most of the test are for pro abortion mothers.... I did only the strep b, and the glucose test I heard many doctors are skipping the horrifying chemical glucose thing and test the mom sugar level in the morning before they eat 

nonmember avatar Kristi

@amazzonia. I know I get pregnant as often as possible just so I can have an abortion! Go team abortion! Idiot.

As to the tests, I had my son in Germany and honestly at every appointment they took blood so who knows what I was tested for or not. I would hardly call this a list of tests everyone should have.

Craft... CraftyJenna

Seriously? Not all women need genetic screening, CVS and amnios, amnios can cause misscarrage and are only for when a serious problem is suspected. 

BethanyJ BethanyJ

NOT all woman need those tests, in fact, most except for Group B and the glucose screen are for specific situations.  We have enough medicalization with pregnancy.  The less testing and medical procedures, the better.  

Brittany Xenos

One of the most important things to check for during pregnancy is heart defects during the anatomy ultrasound. That should really be posted on here. 1 in 100 babies are born each year with a heart defect, and a lot of these defects are very serious. A mother should know to ask about the health of their babies heart during the ultrasound, and after the baby is born.

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