You can check your urine at home for ketones, glucose, protein, pH, even leukocytes, nitrites, & bilirubin. If anything higher than trace is detected you can
begin treating it in your own manner, or seek the opinion of a doctor. Here is a place to buy some strips: http://www.craigmedical.com/urine_diagnostics.htm
What do the results mean?
Ketones in the urine can mean you may have diabetes or gestational diabetes, or that you are at risk for diabetic ketoacidosis http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide...?navbar=hw7738
It is normal for a pregnant woman to have some ketones in the urine but a more moderate amount can mean you are at risk.
Normally there is very little glucose in one's urine. Glucose in the urine can mean you're at risk for diabetes or a sign of kidney damage or disease.
Proteins in the urine can be a sign of preeclampsia, though it can be normal for a pregnant woman to have some protein in her urine.
Nitrites in the urine indicate a UTI.
Here's more information about this: http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/hw6580.asp
To check for vaginosis, indicated by high pH levels & prescense of amines in vaginal fluid, you can purchase a test herehttp://www.craigmedical.com/vaginitis.htm
If you suspect you may be affected by anemia, you can purchase a hemogloben test here http://www.craigmedical.com/Anemia.htm
They usually test for this around 24 weeks. You need to fast for 8-10 hours, drink the special beverage, then test an hour later for glucose.
A result of more than 140 mg of glucose per deciliter of blood plasma means you are at risk for gestational diabetes. You can either proceed with caution or go in for the glucose intolerance test.
Here is where you can buy the Gestational Diabetes drink:http://www.medicalsupply4sale.com/pr...ottle-117.html
They usually use the one thats 50 grams.
The OneTouch blood glucose test is only $20:http://www.walgreens.com/store/produ...ec=frgl_581554
Note that the test is considered unnecessary if you are less than 25 years old, not a member of a racial or ethnic group with a high prevalence of diabetes, have a BMI of less than 25, and have no history of glucose intolerance, negative pregnancy outcomes associated with GDM, or of diabetes in first-degree relatives.
So far I am unable to find information about home tets for GBS, HPV, & HBV. I'm off for now but will add more to this from time to time. Tomorrow I'll try to post information about self-checking, palpitation, baby rotation, etc, followed by how to treat situations you detect. Feel free to add if you like. Any details are useful!