Tests during pregnancy
Links to trusted information about tests during pregnancy.
The human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) test is usually used to confirm or monitor a pregnancy.
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
Bleeding during pregnancy is relatively common, however you should always contact your midwife or doctor immediately if it happens to you.
Urine tests can be used to diagnose conditions, such as pregnancy, infections, diseases such as diabetes or STIs and monitor drug use.
Immunisation and pregnancy
During pregnancy, your immune system is naturally weaker than usual so are more susceptible to certain infections and illnesses which can be harmful to you and your developing baby.
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.
Diabetes screening tests
A diabetes screening test may be a good idea if you are at high risk since diabetes can occur without symptoms. Find out about the risks and how diabetes screening tests are carried out.
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.