What you need to know about First Trimester Screening tests


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By Dr Patrick Moloney and Brigid Moloney, Dr Patrick Moloney, and Brigid Moloney. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

First trimester screening is a test for genetic abnormality and is commonly called the Down Syndrome screen.

The types of test, the accuracy, the costs and the ability to give you a definitive answer about genetic abnormality is really not well understood by patients…and sometimes care providers.

At times, a screening test can create more questions than answers. Firstly, it is normal to assume all will be fine. Most of us do that, right?

It can then come as an enormous shock to you if you get a result you weren’t expecting, particularly if you haven’t had a really good chat with your care provider before the test.

This test is purely your choice. What you choose to do with the results is your choice.

Our hope is that we all (care providers, family, friends, community) then support your choice with respect and non-judgement.

In the GrowMyBaby program we give you expert led pregnancy information. If you are new to having a bump or you feel a bit lost in your pregnancy then head over to our pregnancy quiz:


In the meantime, have a listen to this podcast. It gives some key points to help you with your choice for first trimester screening tests.

We cover:

- What are your chances of having a baby with a genetic abnormality

- How to assess your background risks

- What tests are available

- What are the timeframes to have each test

- What are general costs


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