My pregnancy journey

Pregnancy screening tests

By getting in touch with a midwife as soon as possible in your pregnancy, you will get all the expert help you need, including information and advice about your pregnancy screening options.

Screening tests are offered to all pregnant women. They are intended to show whether there is a chance your baby may have a condition.

Your midwife will explain all tests offered to you.

Screening tests:

Ideally before 10 weeks

Screening test for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia disorders.

8–12 weeks

Routine blood tests: Haemoglobin, group, rhesus and antibodies as early as possible or as soon as a woman arrives for care, including labour. These may be repeated later during pregnancy.

8–12 weeks

Blood test for Syphilis, Hepatitis B, and HIV as early as possible or as soon as a woman arrives for care. These may be repeated later during pregnancy, including labour.

11–14 weeks

Dating scan.

11–14 weeks

Early screening test for Down’s syndrome.

11–14 weeks

Nuchal translucency scan for Down’s syndrome.

14–20 weeks

Later screening test for Down’s syndrome.

18–21 weeks

Fetal anomaly scan.

28–36 weeks

Your midwife will give you information on the screening tests your baby will be offered when she is born. She will be happy to discuss all the options with you.

For more information about screening tests during pregnancy go to www.nhsinform.co.uk/screening/pregnancy 

Last Updated: 01 March 2017
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