During your pregnancy you’ll be offered a range of screening tests, many of which are performed during your first booking appointment, ideally by 10 weeks of pregnancy. These tests are designed to:
- Help make your pregnancy safer
- Check and assess the development and wellbeing of you and your baby
- Screen for particular conditions
Screening in pregnancy is offered for a range of conditions including:
- Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia
- Syphilis, Hepatitis B and HIV
- Down’s, Edward’s and Patau’s Syndrome
- Mid pregnancy ultrasound – physical abnormalities
Click on the links above for easy to read guides for each screening test.
Screening tests can be carried out in a number of ways including blood tests and ultrasound scans. If you choose to have them, tests are carried out as part of your appointment schedule. Please note; the Sonographer will often be quiet and concentrating on the screen whilst performing your scan, this is due to the complex nature of performing an ultrasound and completing measurements accurately.
Watch this video below for more information on screening tests for you and your baby.
You don’t have to have any of the tests; however it’s important to understand the purpose of all tests so that you can make an informed decision about whether to have them. You can discuss the tests with your midwife and ask questions about them at any time.
More information can be found in the publication ‘Screening Tests for You and Your Baby’ which is available to download from the UK National Screening Committee and is available in 12 different languages (see below). You can also visit the NHS.uk for further information about antenatal checks and tests.
Vaccinations in pregnancy
You can help to protect yourself and your baby from Flu and Whooping cough by having vaccinations in pregnancy. Your GP or midwife can give you more information about vaccinations or you can read this leaflet here from Public Health England.
All women are offered the Whooping Cough (Pertussis) vaccine in pregnancy from 16-32 weeks.
Available from September each year (Flu season) and can be given at any time during pregnancy. Find out more information about flu during pregnancy here.
Contact the Screening Team on: 01892 633391
Contact the Ultrasound Department on: TWH-01892 633043 Maidstone-01622 224241