Tests for: Chromosomal abnormality, structural defects and pre-eclampsia
BE HAPPY First Trimester Pregnancy Check is an enhanced screening test performed during 1st Trimester of pregnancy to find out if your baby has any risk of having a chromosomal abnormality and any structural defects. At the same time, it also checks to see if you are at risk of having pre-eclampsia, thus ensuring your well-being and the health of your baby. It is a simple test, where your doctor will take a small amount of blood sometime between 11 weeks and 13 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy. At the same time, you may have an ultrasound and your blood pressure will be measured.
For most women, the checks will assure that mother and baby are doing well and no further action is required. For a small group of women, there will be an early warning signal that indicates that the Doctor may need to request further tests, or prescribe some medication for the remainder of the pregnancy to support mother & baby. By doing an assessment early in pregnancy, it enables a care pathway to be determined for you and your baby towards a happy outcome.