Integrated prenatal screening is a series of tests that are done
during pregnancy. The tests tell you what the chances are that your baby has a birth defect,
such as Down syndrome or spina bifida. The screening can find out if your baby
is at higher risk than normal for problems. But it can't tell you for sure
that your baby has a problem.
The screening is done in two stages
at two different times during the pregnancy. The first stage of tests is done
in the first trimester, between 10 and 13 weeks of pregnancy. The second stage
is done during the second trimester, between 15 and 20 weeks of
You will get the results after the second stage of
tests is done.
These tests are done to find out the chance that your baby has a birth
These tests are
done between 10 and 13 weeks of pregnancy.
This test is done
between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
If your screening results are "positive," it does
not prove that your baby has a birth defect. But it does mean that your baby is
more likely to have a birth defect. In that case, your doctor may want you to have another
test to make sure. That test is called a diagnostic test.
If the screening results are "negative," it means that your baby is less likely to have a
birth defect. But it does not guarantee that you will have a normal pregnancy
or a baby without birth defects.
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Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
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