6 Blood Tests Every Mom Must Get to Promote Overall Health

As we celebrate Mother's Day, it is important to remember that prioritizing maternal health is important for every family.

Mothers who bear the responsibility of the child and the entire family often ignore their health. It will be mandatory for all mothers to undergo various blood tests while giving priority to their well-being. Regular blood tests help you monitor your health and provide valuable insight into detecting any health concerns or problems that may require medical attention. Early detection can reduce any life-threatening complications and helps in getting prompt medical attention. Moms, by making health your priority, you can set a positive example for your friends and family. Dr. Rajshree Taishete Bhasale, Consultant Gynecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, shares 6 important blood tests that every mother should prioritize.



5 essential blood tests every mom should consider

  1. Thyroid blood test: Women have a higher risk of being diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. Mothers in particular experience many symptoms like excessive sweating, sudden weight gain or loss, feeling tired or frequent bowel movements. Thyroid blood tests can help you measure TSH levels (thyroid-stimulating hormone), T3 levels (triiodothyronine), and T4 levels (thyroxine).
  2. Checking your cholesterol levels: High cholesterol can lead to serious health problems like cardiovascular diseases or stroke. Mothers who have a family history of cardiovascular disease, obesity or high blood pressure have an increased risk of developing high cholesterol levels. Therefore, cholesterol blood test helps you check your low density lipoprotein (LDL) levels.
  3. Iron levels: Iron is important for the production of red blood cells, which help carry oxygen to your body's tissues. Iron deficiency is a very common condition faced by various mothers. Mothers who often experience dizziness or weakness may have low iron levels. Low iron levels can cause irregular heartbeat, chest pain and pale skin. This blood test can help check your iron levels to determine whether you have an iron deficiency.
  4. Blood sugar test: Having high blood sugar can be harmful and invite heart attack or diabetes. It is necessary to monitor your blood sugar levels at home with the help of a glucometer or in clinical settings as suggested by the expert. Mothers who feel excessively thirsty, feel dizzy, have blurred vision, or have a frequent urge to urinate may be at a higher risk of developing high blood sugar levels. This blood test helps mothers to understand their blood sugar levels and seek timely intervention.
  5. Vitamin D levels: Vitamin D is essential for maintaining good bone-mineral density and boosting your immunity. However, most mothers suffer from vitamin D deficiency and may need additional supplements or exposure to sunlight in the morning. It is better to get Vitamin D3 test done which helps in knowing the level of Vitamin D in the body.
  6. Blood pressure check: Certain factors like stress, high sodium intake, lack of exercise and family history can cause high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure means that the person needs constant monitoring and check-ups. To reduce the numbers and keep heart attacks and strokes away, one should get blood pressure readings done at home or by visiting a specialist.

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Published Date: May 11, 2024 4:32 PM IST

Updated date: May 11, 2024 4:32 PM IST

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