Ultrasound, Screening Tests and Vaccinations
During a normal pregnancy, several screening tests are offered to assess both your health and the health of your developing baby. This involves both ultrasound and blood testing for infections and complications of pregnancy.
Please see the SOGC PregnancyInfo website for detailed information about routine screening tests in pregnancy, including: ultrasound, HIV screening and Group B Streptococcus screening.
We recommend that all of our patients are screened for Gestational Diabetes at 26-28 weeks. This usually requires a one hour test in which you drink a sugar-filled drink, and then check your blood for sugar levels one hour later. This test does not need to be done fasting.
For more information regarding Gestational Diabetes, please see the information below from Diabetes Canada:
Pertussis Vaccination in Pregnancy
As of 2018, Health Canada now recommends that all pregnant women receive a vaccination for pertussis ("whooping cough") between 27-32 weeks pregnant to help protect themselves and their new baby against pertussis infection. For information regarding the safety of this vaccine, please see the following information from the SOGC:
Please see the following video from the SOGC regarding influenza (the "flu" shot) and pertussis vaccination in pregnancy:
It is also common to be exposed to various viruses while pregnant. Please see the following information from Patient.info (from the UK) about several common viruses, including Varicella (chicken pox) and Parvovirus B19 (Fifth's disease, or "Slapped cheek" disease).