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Urine Testing

Discussion in 'Pregnancy, Birth & parenting Information Centre' started by Lottie, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. Lottie

    Lottie New Member

    You will have your urine tested routinely at every antenatal visit because it is a useful way of checking for a number of problems which occasionally arise in pregnancy.

    The presence of protein or glucose or ketones may need further investigation. Protein could indicate one of three things: contamination of your sample, a possible urine infection (unfortunately common during pregnancy) or, occasionally, pre-eclampsia. Glucose may show up as a trace because you had just eaten a meal with a high sugar content before taking the sample; or it might indicate diabetes. If this were considered a possibility, you would probably be asked to take a Glucose Tolerance Test. Ketones in your urine could also mean diabetes, though they can also indicate that you need to eat something (that is, they reveal that your blood sugar level is low). In the absence of available carbohydrate, your body utilizes fats to produce energy: ketones are a by-product of this process.

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