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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 pregnancy.
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 defect.
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 29, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Siobhan M. Dolan MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
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