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i had my first prenatal blood work done today at 6 weeks.they took 9 tubes of blood. what are they checking for?

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Dr. Gena Kluwe
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
A rainbow. : They probably drew what we call a " rainbow". Tubes with enough to cover for the typical things and then some. The tubes have different colored tops, that's why the name. Typically we want to check basics, such as a cbc, cmp (which has electrolytes, liver and kidney and glucose), thyroid function, immunity to hepatitis, immunity to measles, mumps, rubella . Hiv status. Congratulations! be well.

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Last updated Nov 13, 2013

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