Screening tests during pregnancy

You will be offered a number of screening tests during your pregnancy.

Your midwife will advise you which tests are offered and why.

These tests can help you find out more about your own health and the health of your baby before birth. Some of these tests are best taken before 10 weeks. Therefore we ask that you contact your GP and midwife as soon as you know you are pregnant so that we can arrange your care to be ‘booked’ before 9 weeks in order to discuss all your options with you.

Do I have to have screening tests?

All tests are optional, it is always your choice whether to have a test or not.

The information these tests can provide may help your midwife to provide the best care possible during your pregnancy and the birth. The test results may also help you to make choices about your pregnancy.

Here are some questions you might like to ask before deciding whether to have a test:

  • What is the test for?
  • What does the test involve?
  • Are there any risks?
  • What will the results show?
  • How and when will I get the results?
  • Who do I contact if I don’t get the results?
  • What happens if the test shows that there might be a problem?
  • What happens if I choose not to have the test?

Tests that we offer