Your Pregnancy - Screening Tests
During your pregnancy you'll be offered a range of screening tests.
These tests are designed to:
- Help make your pregnancy safer
- Check and assess the development and wellbeing of you and your baby
- Screen for particular conditions
They can be carried out in a number of ways including urine tests, blood pressure tests, blood tests and ultrasound scans. If you choose to have them, tests are carried out as part of your appointment schedule.
You don't have to have any of the tests, however it's important to understand the purpose of all tests so that you can make an informed decision about whether to have them. You can discuss the tests with your midwife and ask questions about them at any time.
When you arrange your booking appointment we will send you a QR code to find out more about the screening tests offered. This will take you to NHS Screening Tests for You and Your Baby. A video of this information is available here.
More information is available using the links below for each of the screening programmes:
Screening tests during your pregnancy
- Infectious diseases
- Sickle cell and Thalassemia screening
- Screening for Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome
- 20 week anomaly scan
Screening tests for baby
- Newborn bloodspot screening and screening for SCID
- Newborn infant physical examination
- Hearing screening
You can also visit the NHS Choices website for further information about antenatal checks and tests.
Information is available in 12 other languages. If needed please let your midwife know
NHS Choices has made a short video about screening tests for you and your baby (below).
The video shows which tests are available during pregnancy and after your baby has been born. Find out which tests are right for you and your baby. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/pregnancyscreening.
Contact our Antenatal and Newborn Screening Team on 0207 288 3842 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated29 Aug 2023