Diagnostic tests are sometimes done during pregnancy to check for chromosomal and genetic conditions in unborn babies.
These can include:
- Down syndrome
- Edwards’ syndrome
- Patau’s syndrome
You may be recommended for a diagnostic test if:
Making an informed choice
Diagnostic tests are often the only way to be sure if your baby has certain health problems.
- reassure you that your baby has no abnormalities
- give you time to prepare for a baby with special needs
- help you decide if you want to continue with your pregnancy
However diagnostic tests can:
- never be 100% accurate
- be invasive
- increase the risk of miscarriage
- increase anxiety - especially if you feel you would continue with your pregnancy regardless of the results
Ask your obstetrician or midwife to explain the risks involved in diagnostic tests.