Laboratory values in pregnancy. See All Laboratory Values in Pregnancy.

Triiodothyronine - Free - FT3 (Serum) During Pregnancy

Free Triiodothyronine or FT3 is part of the thyroid panel of blood tests. This test is ordered alongside the TSH and T4 test if a patient is suspected of having an overactive thyroid or as a follow-up test when a patient's TSH and T4 tests return abnormal results. ... read more »

Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) (Whole Blood) During Pregnancy

Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) measure the size of an average red blood cell. The test is completed by counting red blood cells in a given space and dividing by the total number of red blood cells.  ... read more »

25-Hydroxy - Vitamin D (Plasma) During Pregnancy

25-hydroxy vitamin D is the inactive form of vitamin D. This test tells doctors, with the most accuracy, how much vitamin D is currently in the body. ... read more »

2-Hour Glucose Tolerance Test During Pregnancy

In some cases, the 2-hour glucose tolerance test may be used in place of the 1-hour glucose tolerance test during pregnancy, and the protocol is basically the same. ... read more »

White Blood Cell Count In Pregnancy

White blood cell counts are a good indicator of how well your immune system is functioning. ... read more »

What Is Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate During Pregnancy?

The ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) test is excellent at reporting inflammation, but the test is non-specific so the doctor may have no idea where the inflammation is happening. ... read more »

Protein - Total (Serum) During Pregnancy

Total serum protein measures the amount of protein in the given blood sample, including the individual factors of protein albumin and globulin. Subsets of globulin, like alpha-1, may also be measured. ... read more »

1, 25 Dihydroxy- Vitamin D (Serum) During Pregnancy

The blood test for active vitamin D is known as the 1, 25 dihydroxy vitamin D test. 25 hydroxy vitamin D tests show the amount of inactive vitamin D. After that basic form is activated, it changes to 1, 25 dihydroxy. ... read more »

Cholesterol - Total (Plasma, Serum) During Pregnancy

Cholesterol is found in every human blood sample. Our bodies produce about ¾ of the cholesterol measured on blood tests. The remaining ¼ is consumed in food. ... read more »

Lipase (Serum) During Pregnancy

One of the enzymes found in blood that helps break down fats is called lipase. When lipase levels are normal, fats are broken down before they reach the intestine where the fats are absorbed into the body. ... read more »

Apolipoprotein B (Serum) During Pregnancy

Apolipoprotein B (APOB) is associated with LDL, low density lipoprotein, levels in the blood. LDL is most commonly known as bad cholesterol. When levels of APOB are higher than normal, plaque deposits tend to increase causing atherosclerosis. ... read more »

Factor VIII (Plasma) During Pregnancy

The clotting system of the human body is a complex process. Several Factors, including Factor VIII, play an important part in blood clotting. When any one of the Factors is not being produced at healthy levels, the clotting process can be impaired. ... read more »

Basophil Count (Whole Blood) During Pregnancy

Basophils are part of the body's immune system ' specifically white blood cells. During an inflammatory reaction, particularly a reaction caused by an allergen, basophils rush to the site and release heparin. ... read more »

Folate - Red Cell (Whole Blood) During Pregnancy

If you're experiencing anemia, your doctor will order a series of blood tests. The series of tests may include the red cell folate test ' most often if your red blood cells are larger than normal called macrocytic anemia. ... read more »

Triglycerides (Serum) During Pregnancy

Triglycerides are a major fuel source of the body. Much of this fat is stored in body tissues for use as needed, but some continuously circulates throughout the body for immediate use by muscles. ... read more »

Copper (Serum) During Pregnancy

When you think of a blood test you don't think of copper, but many complete blood screenings measure copper levels. If a patient shows symptoms of Wilson disease, a total copper test is ordered. ... read more »

Bile Acids (Serum) During Pregnancy

Bile acids, found in bile excreted by the liver in humans, are responsible for aiding the absorption of fat. They also play a part in how the body uses cholesterol. When cholesterol is processed by the liver, bile acids form. ... read more »

Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) During Pregnancy

Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) is the rate in which blood moves through miniscule kidney filters. The test is ordered as part of a kidney series to gauge kidney health. ... read more »

Lymphocyte Count (Whole Blood) During Pregnancy

A lymphocyte count blood test measures the number of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, in a given blood sample. The results of the test are compared to normal lymphocyte levels. ... read more »

Zinc (Serum) During Pregnancy

Zinc is a mineral commonly consumed via poultry or red meat. Zinc is an essential mineral, which means the body needs a minimum intake and absorption of zinc for optimal health. ... read more »

C-reactive Protein (Serum) During Pregnancy

C-reactive protein (CRP) is made in the liver. Levels in blood are directed related to inflammation process. If a patient suffers from an inflammatory condition, CRP levels will be higher than normal. ... read more »

Bilirubin - Total (Serum) During Pregnancy

When the liver works to reduce biliverdin and breakdown heme, bilirubin is produced. This orange pigment is excreted into the blood by liver cells. ... read more »

Homocysteine (Plasma) During Pregnancy

Homocysteine is an amino acid; the cornerstone of protein production. Amino acids are taken in to the body when meat is consumed. High blood levels of homocysteine can be associated with atherosclerosis; a condition characterized by hard/narrow arteries. ... read more »

Alanine Aminotransferase - ALT, SGPT (Serum) During Pregnancy

Alanine Aminotrasferase (ALT) is found in multiple body tissues. The serum plays a role in speeding up the alanine cycle. Doctors order this blood test as one means of measuring liver health. ... read more »

Creatine Kinase - Total (Serum) During Pregnancy

Creatine kinase (CK) levels are tested if heart damage is expected. When a patient present with symptoms of a heart attack, diagnostic testing begins, including a complete series of blood tests. ... read more »

Calcium - Ionized (Serum) During Pregnancy

Ionized calcium is the free calcium running through the body in blood. Calcium is used by all cells to complete the work they do in the body. In order for cells to access the calcium they need, the free calcium must move to the cells, thus levels in the blood. ... read more »

Testosterone - Total (Serum) During Pregnancy

Testosterone is a hormone generally associated with the differentiation between men and women. Testosterone levels are higher in men than women. ... read more »

Monocyte Count (Whole Blood) During Pregnancy

There are 3 types of white blood cellsbasophils, neutrophils, eosinophils, lymphocytes and monocytes. Monocytes are responsible for typical white blood cell functions, including the immune system. ... read more »

Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (Serum) During Pregnancy

Alpha-1-AntiTrypsin is an inhibitor that controls proteases and protects body tissues from enzymes excreted during inflammation. Levels of Alpha-1-Antitrypsin can increase if there is severe inflammation of any kind. ... read more »

Cancer Antigen - 125 (Serum CA) During Pregnancy

Cancer antigen 125 (CA 125) is a protein. The protein is commonly found on cancer cells of the ovary, though it can be noted in other forms of cancer. Patients with ovarian cancer may be tested for CA 125 throughout treatment. ... read more »

Sodium (Serum) During Pregnancy

Sodium, most commonly referred to as salt, is present in all human blood samples. A healthy amount of sodium is needed for the body to function properly, but too much sodium or too little sodium can lead to negative side effects, including death. ... read more »

Alpha-Fetoprotein (Serum) During Pregnancy

Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is thought to be the fetus's version of albumin. It is produced during the development of the fetus by the yolk sac. In the pregnant woman, AFP is produced by the liver during gestation. ... read more »

Amylase (Serum) During Pregnancy

The enzyme amylase speeds up the process of breaking starches into sugars that can be then used by the body for energy. Food first comes in contact with amylase in the mouth, where digestion begins. ... read more »

Selenium (Plasma, Serum) During Pregnancy

Selenium is an antioxidant consumed naturally as a trace mineral found in food. Antioxidants are important for the control of free radicals in the human body. Selenium blood tests are often included as part of a complete blood count (CBC) test. ... read more »

Potassium (Serum) During Pregnancy

Potassium is a mineral and electrolyte that supports muscle/nerve communication and electrical activity in the body. Potassium levels need to stay in careful balance to prevent side effects of hyperkalemia (too much potassium) or hypokalemia (too little potassium). ... read more »

Thyroxine - T4 (Serum) During Pregnancy

The total thyroxine test is typically ordered to measure thyroid function. Patients with symptoms of hyperactive or hypoactive thyroid may present with abnormal total thyroxine levels. Goiter and infertility testing may also include total thyroxine blood tests. ... read more »

Uric Acid (Serum) During Pregnancy

Patients with high levels of uric acid may experience joint pain, which is also a symptom of gout. Doctors may order a uric acid blood test to verify a gout diagnosis. ... read more »

Protein S - Free (Plasma) During Pregnancy

There are two types of Protein S ' free and complex. Free Protein S is ready and available to bind to Protein C. Both proteins play an important part in coagulation or clotting. ... read more »

24-Hour Protein Excretion (Urine) During Pregnancy

Protein excretion is the amount of protein excreted or passed out of the body in urine. Some excretion is normal, but excessive excretion can be a sign of something more serious. ... read more »

Complement - C3 (Serum) During Pregnancy

Complement C3 is also known as simply C3. This protein is a genetic part of the immune system. People with low levels of C3 may contract bacterial infections more often. C3 measurements on blood tests can be used to support or refute a particular diagnosis. ... read more »

Complement - C4 (Serum) During Pregnancy

Complement C4 is part of the immune system. Closely related to Component C3, C4 is a genetic element coded during the earliest stages of life. ... read more »

Bicarbonate (Serum) During Pregnancy

Bicarbonate works to buffer pH levels in the body. The buffer helps control pH so blood does not become acidic or basic. Carbon dioxide and bicarbonate are closely related as about 90% of carbon dioxide carried in blood exists as bicarbonate. ... read more »

Magnesium (Serum) During Pregnancy

Magnesium is consumed via food and excreted by the kidneys. The blood test is commonly ordered if calcium or potassium levels were lower than normal on a previous blood test. High and low magnesium levels could be a sign of an underlying problem. ... read more »

Prolactin (Serum) During Pregnancy

Prolactin is a hormone that originates in the pituitary gland. During and after pregnancy, the hormone stimulates the production of breast milk. It also plays an important role in menstruation, fertility and sex drive. ... read more »

Cortisol (Plasma, Serum) During Pregnancy

Cortisol is a steroid hormone. The hormone is produced by and released from the adrenal gland. Cortisol levels increase in blood if a patient is taking estrogen or certain steroid medications. ... read more »

Total Iron-Binding Capacity - TIBC (Serum) During Pregnancy

TIBC or total iron-binding capacity is a blood test ordered when a patient is thought to have high or low iron levels. If iron levels are higher than normal, TIBC levels will be low. If iron levels are lower than normal, TIBC levels will be high. ... read more »

Glucose - Fasting (Plasma) During Pregnancy

Fasting glucose is a blood test that requires the patient skip food for at least 12 hours prior to the test. Typically, the test is administered first thing in the morning so the patient can stop about bedtime for the test the following morning. ... read more »

Low Neutrophil Count During Pregnancy

The main function of neutrophils is to fight off fungal or bacterial infections. Neutrophil levels appear abnormal on the white blood count test if there is a condition affecting the immune system. ... read more »

Osmolality (Serum) During Pregnancy

The osmolality test measures the body's ability to make urine, control urine and control water or fluid balance in blood. The most common cause for ordering the osmolality test is low blood sodium levels. ... read more »

Protein S - Total (Plasma) During Pregnancy

Protein S is a type of protein closely associated with vitamin K and clotting. The protein, or specifically glycoprotein, works hand-in-hand with Protein C. ... read more »

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