How is the preeclampsia screening conducted?

Dr. Jiri Sonek explains how the preeclampsia screening is conducted. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How is the preeclampsia screening conducted?

So, your physician needs to refer you to us to have an ultrasound and evaluation between 11 and about 13 weeks gestation. We first perform the ultrasound, which includes evaluation of the fetus, and also evaluation of the blood flow in the maternal uterine arteries. After that, a nurse will ask you a number of questions about your history, and check your weight and height, and she will also evaluate your blood pressure. After this, you will also have a blood sample drawn, and all of this information will be sent to a laboratory that combines all of these factors and gives us a specific risk for you individually.

 

Your obstetrician can refer you for a preeclampsia screening ultrasound and evaluation between the 11th and 13th week of your pregnancy. The ultrasound provides a detailed evaluation of your baby and measurement of blood flow in arteries that supply your uterus. The higher the resistance of blood flow in the arteries, the more likely you will develop severe preeclampsia later on in pregnancy.

Other factors of the screening to determine your risk for preeclampsia include your medical history, a blood pressure screening, and a blood test.