Motherhood is probably the most treasured possession in a woman’s life. If you are thinking of parenthood and want to be a mother then it is very natural for you to be inquisitive about your pregnancy status. With every passing day, you would want to know how your baby is, you would want to feel your baby’s movement and ensure that your baby is healthy and safe.
Motherhood is all about being protective and concerned at every step. These days a lot for methods are used to diagnose pregnancy and you can opt for any one or even multiple of them to confirm your pregnancy and also to be up-to date with the foetal health. Some methods that can be followed for pregnancy diagnosis are discussed here:
Methods Of Diagnosis For Pregnancy
Qualitative HCG Blood Test
This blood test checks if there is a hormone in your blood called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in your blood. This hormone is produced by the body during pregnancy. So, if this blood test comes positive, your pregnancy is confirmed. HCG appears in your blood if you are pregnant, as early as ten days after conception.
This test will not only confirm your pregnancy but will also detect any abnormalities in your pregnancy like molar pregnancies, ectopic pregnancies and probable miscarriages if any.
Quantitative HCG Urine Test
This test is done based on your urine sample and does not take much time. This quantitative test will tell you how much HCG is present in your blood and will diagnose any abnormalities in pregnancy. This test will also watch the development of pregnancy during the first two months.
For this test, you will need to put a drop of collected urine on a prepared chemical strip. The results will come out in few minutes. For normal results, HCG will rise rapidly during the first three months of pregnancy and then fall slightly. Test results will show abnormality if HCG level does not rise during the initial phase of pregnancy.
This test is the most authentic test for pregnancy diagnosis. It is a visual test where moving images of your womb are taken using sound waves to study the growth and development of the baby and also to check the female pelvic organs during pregnancy. For this test you need to have a full bladder to get good images and so you need to drink about two litres of water an hour before test and you cannot urinate.
For the test, you will need to lie down and a gel will be put on your belly including the pelvic area and then a hand held probe will be moved over the area. The gel helps to transmit the sound waves through the probe and this bounces off the body to give pictures of baby’s development in the ultrasound machine.
Just as ultrasound test gives a picture of the baby and hbaby’s development, a Doppler test shows blood flow in the foetus. This test uses the technology of a Doppler machine and a handheld device through which sound waves are transmitted and that will move around your belly.
This test will show in a monitor, the blood flow in the foetus through the veins, arteries and blood vessels and detect any kind of abnormalities like restricted flow of blood and blood clots if any.
Chorionic Villus Sampling
This test is performed by inserting a small catheter through the woman’s vagina into her cervix and collecting a sample of the placenta tissue. The placenta tissue contains genetic material of the foetus and can be checked for any kind of chromosome abnormalities in the foetus. This test is used to detect any genetic defect if present in the baby and is more applicable to women who bear a high risk of having a baby with genetic defects because of heredity.