First-Trimester Screening Blood Test


This test offers early information about a baby’s risk of Down Syndrome (trisomy 21) and extra sequences of chromosome 18 (trisomy 18).

Test purpose

Since first-trimester screening can be done earlier than most other tests, you’ll have the results early in the pregnancy. This will give you more time to decide whether or not further testing is needed, map out a plan for the rest of the pregnancy, and get any medical treatment if needed.


If your baby is at high risk for Down Syndrome and you decide to continue the pregnancy, you’ll have more time to prepare for the possibility of caring for a child who has special needs.

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