Tests during pregnancy
Links to trusted information about tests during pregnancy.
The hCG test is usually used to confirm or monitor a pregnancy. Learn why you would need this test and how to understand your results.
Oestrogen blood test
Many women at some time have a blood test for oestrogen. It might be during pregnancy, if their menstrual cycle is unusual, or for some other reason.
Bleeding during pregnancy
Trusted information on bleeding during pregnancy including the causes and finding out the cause of the bleeding, plus links to trusted resources.
Urine tests can be used to diagnose pregnancy, diseases such as diabetes or STIs and monitor drug use. Find out more by reading our page on urine tests.
Screening for Down syndrome
Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder affecting 1 in 1,100 babies. Screening and diagnostic tests for Down syndrome are offered to women during pregnancy.
Testosterone blood test
A testosterone blood test can show how much testosterone, an important sex hormone, is in your body. Men usually have much more testosterone than women.
Blood glucose test
Blood glucose tests, also sometimes called blood sugar tests, are usually used to check for or monitor diabetes. Learn why you would need this test and how to prepare for it.
Vitamin B12 test
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, helps make and repair blood cells and is needed so that nerves can function properly. Find out more about vitamin B12 tests on our partner pages.
Obesity at conception linked to pregnancy complications
Women should lose weight before getting pregnant if they're obese or overweight, experts say, as excess weight at conception is linked to pregnancy complications.