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I posted this within another thread but I figured i'd make a new topic.

i probably should have asked the doctor what the blood tests were for...

in another thread there was topic of checking hormone levels? the day i went to see my obgyn to confirm pregnancy they took 4 viles of blood and i'm wondering if at that point they were checking my hormone levels or... what it was exactly for...
anyone know?

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Usually they test you for hcg and progesterone levels, blood type (if you're RH negative they'll have to give you a rhogam shot later on), immunity to German measles and sometimes other diseases, iron levels and sometimes other nutrient levels, and certain STDs. Whew. No wonder they have to take so many vials. Wink

I can't guarantee that's what your doctor was checking for, but those are the usual things.

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I know my doc checks your immunity for certain diseases.... now I cant remember what they are, dang placenta brain. They also test for blood type and whether you are rh- (if you are, then you will need a shot after the baby's born to keep your body from attacking your next pregnancy... since a lot of the time the baby will be rh+ if the dad is). They may have also ran your hormone levels. You can always call and get the results if they havent called you with them.

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thanks for the info Smile
yea, i was wondering about that AFTER the visit, there was so much going on in my head actually at the doctor i never even had the chance to ask lol

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With DS my first visit to the labs involved 6 vials of blood. It was a little unnerving to see. I was on base then too (different one than now :lol:) and they had to check for a couple of diseases on top of blood typing, hormone levels, and more. I also got a pap at my first OB visit which I didn't know about then either which included STD testing (zero choice on that when in your 20s at a base hospital).
It's perfectly okay to forget to ask questions at your appointment and you can always call them up afterwards and ask those types of questions. If your practice is really rude about answering anything for you (and won't call you back), take it as a sign of their lack of care and to move on. Wink