I'm Dr. Nikhil Datar and I'm a senior Gynecologist and medical director at Cloud Nine Hospital, Malad. I'm also a consultant at Life Mayo, Malad. I also practice on my own at Yashoda Hospital. I'm the past I have been associated with Nanavati and Hinduja. I was also a Post Graduate professor at R. N. Cooper Hospital. To know more about blood tests and investigations you can visit my website : www.mygynec.com and go to the Patient Education section and blogs.
Yes. Doctor may have prescribed medicine. Take a test to know if there's any improvement from the medicine otherwise you will have to switch to something more effective.
It is very important to test for hypothyroidism. Other tests if required will be prescribed.
Continue the medicine prescribed by your doctor.
Occasionally due to technical error there is difference of 1gm. But try to bring it up above 12.
Triple test is an age old test but it has low accuracy. It is done to check Down’s syndrome. Nowadays we have advanced scans like Quadruple marker or Dual marker. Before 20th week get a detailed sonography.
High blood pressure is very harmful for baby. Regularly consult your doctor. Monitor kidney and liver function.
HIV, blood group, thyroid, haemoglobin, HBSE, HCB are some important blood tests. Also undertake a urine test, blood sugar and dual marker tests. If possible before marriage take a thalassemia test. If one parent is thalassemia minor then there is a ¼ chance that the baby can be thalassemia major. If not before marriage then at least take a thalassemia tests before planning pregnancy.
Yes. At 3-4 scans are required to monitor growth of baby.
Any black or green vegetables or foods, sunflower seeds, (chicken/mutton/fish) liver, dry fruits, colourful fruits. It is a common misconception that only carrots and beetroots have iron. But the blacker or greener a vegetable the higher its iron content. Also try cooking one meal in an iron utensil. Drink lemonade as it helps in iron absorption.