Sunday, September 30, 2012

Anemia in pregnancy - rubella, syphilis, hepatitis b and c during pregnancy

Anemia in pregnancy: Anemia makes you tired and less able to cope with any loss of blood when you give birth. If tests show you are anemic, you will probably be given iron and folic acid.
Hemoglobin test in pregnancy
This stands for ‘hemoglobin’. It is tested in your blood sample to check if you are anemic.
Rubella immunization after pregnancy (German measles)
If you get rubella in early pregnancy, it can seriously damage your unborn baby. Your midwife or doctor will talk to you about what happens if your test results show low or no immunity. You will be offered a rubella immunization after your baby is born.
Syphilis and pregnancy  
You will be tested for this infection because if left untreated, it can lead to miscarriage and stillbirth.
Hepatitis B in pregnancy    
This is a virus that can cause serious liver disease. If you have the virus or are infected during pregnancy, it may infect your baby. Your baby will not usually be ill but has a high chance of developing long-term infection and serious liver disease later in life. Your baby can start a course of immunization at birth to help prevent infection. If you have hepatitis B, you will be referred to a specialist.
Hepatitis C during pregnancy     
This virus can cause serious liver disease and there is a small risk that it may be passed to your baby if you are infected. This cannot be prevented at present. Tests for hepatitis C are not usually offered routinely as part of antenatal care. If you think you may be at risk, talk to your midwife or GP. They can arrange a test. If you are infected, your baby can be tested within a few days of birth. If you have hepatitis C, you will be referred to a specialist.
Herpes and pregnancy  
If you, or your partner, have ever had herpes, or you get your first attack of blisters or ulcers during your pregnancy, let your midwife or doctor know. Herpes can be dangerous for your newborn baby and it may need treatment.

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