Visit your midwife early to help you make the best choices for your pregnancy.
- Antenatal screening gives you important information about the health of you and your baby.
- Make an appointment with a midwife as soon as you find out you are pregnant.
- You will be given information to help you make a choice about taking part in antenatal screening.
- The midwife will talk to you about the different tests you can have and answer your questions as part of your routine antenatal care.
- Antenatal screening tests are not 100% accurate and some conditions may be missed.
- You may be offered further tests or treatment after your antenatal screening.
Antenatal screening includes:
- Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome screening.
- Blood tests look for:-
- infections, (HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis)
- blood disorders (sickle cell and thalassaemia); and
- blood group and antibodies.
- Ultrasound scans look for:
- date of pregnancy, number of babies, and some issues in the baby.
- Most test results are normal.
- Some tests may need to be repeated to confirm the result.
- If a screening test suggests an issue or that your baby is higher chance of a condition, you may be offered further tests and scans.
- You may need to be referred to a specialist doctor for further monitoring or treatment.
- When some conditions are found, you may need to make a difficult choice about whether to continue your pregnancy.