For a woman, especially if it is her first, pregnancy is frequently an event that is met with great joy but also great uncertainty. A door is opening towards a new life, and many things are set to change: Her partnership, her personal life, her own body - all are associated with numerous anxieties that are not always conscious and which are not always expressed. So it is all the more important that you feel well supported during this special time, both by your partner and by your gynecological care team.
If your period is late, we advise that you attend our practice 1-2 weeks later to confirm pregnancy. Following a gynecological investigation with subsequent ultrasound scan, which checks the intactness and age of the pregnancy and rules out any early problems, we offer you an in-depth consultation where you will receive our pregnancy information folder and, if you wish, your personalized pregnancy App. These contain further information about how your pregnancy will progress, along with details of the recommended medical investigations.
Pregnancy screening based on maternity guidelines (basic service)
- Regular checks of your weight, blood pressure and urine
- Depending on how far along in your pregnancy you are, different blood tests are needed to determine your blood group and Rhesus factor with your antibody status, your rubella titer, to rule out any infection with syphilis, HIV or hepatitis, and to measure your blood count, iron stores and thyroid function.
- A urine chlamydia test
- Three ultrasound investigations carried out around the 10th, 20th and 30th week of pregnancy
- Investigations of the uterine orifice with assessment of vaginal secretions to rule out vaginal infection (not necessarily at every visit)
- Test for gestational diabetes. Around 5% of all pregnant women develop diabetes (gestational diabetes). This condition can cause excessive weight gain for the child and lead to developmental problems after birth. For the mother, there is an increased risk of urinary tract infections, high blood pressure and the complications that these can cause. Gestational diabetes is not reliably detected through routine urine tests, so a glucose tolerance test (GTT) is recommended between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy.
- CTG (cardiotopography - recording of the fetal heartbeat) can be carried out as required from the 28th week of pregnancy to monitor the baby and to detect premature labor.
- Color Doppler ultrasound. Measurement of the perfusion of blood through the umbilical cord in the last trimester of pregnancy in order to detect any problems with the baby's supply of blood caused by placental weakness.