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Questions to ask your doctor about tests and scans

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During your pregnancy, you will be offered a number of tests and scans. The aim is always to check on the health of you and your baby, but it can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing.

It's important to remember that your doctor or midwife is there to support you during your pregnancy and you shouldn't be afraid to ask them questions about the care they are giving you.

The tests and scans you will be offered are your choice to have, but you should be well informed on what the tests are and why you are being offered them.

It's always a good idea to write down any questions you might have to take with you and that you make notes during your visit.

Remember that it’s your right to be fully informed about any tests or treatment you’re asked to have and to refuse any tests or treatment you’re offered.

Here are some questions you might want to ask your midwife or doctor:

  • Is this test, treatment or scan routine during pregnancy?
  • How does the procedure work?
  • Why do I need it?
  • When should I have it?
  • What are the benefits to me or my baby?
  • Are there any side-effects?
  • Are there any risks to me or my baby?
  • Do I have to have it?
  • What happens if the results of a test are positive? What happens if they are negative?
  • What are the chances of the test result being wrong (a false negative or a false positive)?
  • Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the test?
  • Are there extra costs involved?
  • What support is available if something is wrong with my pregnancy?

Along with your doctor or midwife, Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is also there to support you during your pregnancy. You can call for information and advice on any of the procedures you have been offered as well as discuss the results and possible treatments. Pregnancy, Birth and Baby have maternal child health nurses available on 1800 882 436.

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Last reviewed: May 2020


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