Health Tip: Blood Tests During Pregnancy
If you're pregnant, your doctor may prescribe a series of tests to make sure there aren't any health problems that need to be addressed before you give birth.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says blood work may ordered to check for the following things:
Health Tip: Learning About Ectopic Pregnancy
When the fertilized egg doesn't make it to the uterus and begins to grow elsewhere in the reproductive system -- in the fallopian tube, abdomen, ovary or cervix -- it's called an ectopic pregnancy.
This is a serious condition that requires a doctor's diagnosis and treatment.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list of common risk factors for ectopic pregnancy: