Pregnancy checkups at the gynaecologist - what do I need and don't need to undergo?

Pregnancy checkups at the gynaecologist - what do I need and don't need to undergo?

Pregnancy checkups with a gynaecologist are vital to looking after your and your unborn baby's health. Proper care during pregnancy is essential to monitor fetal development and prevent potential complications. Here is an overview of some pregnancy checkups that should be part of your care in the Czech Republic.

It is important to remember that pregnancy care is individual and can vary depending on the mother's health, proven illnesses in the family and other factors. All examinations are done best to ensure the health of the mother and unborn baby. But the main thing is that all these examinations are voluntary in the Czech Republic, and whether you are willing to undergo them is up to you.

First consultation: At your first visit to the gynaecologist, you will discuss your medical history, health and pregnancy history. The doctor will recommend other regular visits to monitor your pregnancy. You should have this appointment no later than 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Ultrasound: Ultrasound is often used to visualise the fetus and assess its growth and development. This examination is considered safe and non-invasive.

Blood tests: These tests help monitor your and the fetus's health.

Diabetes test: A test for gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy) is done in the second trimester to detect impaired glucose tolerance and take possible action.

Blood pressure measurement: Checking your blood pressure is essential to detect hypertension in pregnancy, which can be dangerous for you and the fetus.

Smears and tests for infections: Your gynaecologist may perform routine smears and tests for conditions to ensure your and your baby's health.

Prenatal testsThese tests may include tests for genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome. They are optional and usually occur based on your decision and medical history.

If you have concerns or questions about pregnancy tests, it is always a good idea to consult your gynaecologist. Your doctor will provide information and recommendations that fit your needs and situation. However, it will always be your choice what to undergo.

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