Special tests

Screening tests will be offered while you are pregnant and there are also screening tests for your baby in their first few weeks.

It is important that you understand the purpose and possible results of the screening tests before you decide whether to have them. To help you the UK National Screening Committee has written a booklet, explaining the screening tests in detail.

Please download and read the booklet as it will help prepare you for discussions with your midwife or doctor and will help you ask the questions that are important to you.

Some of the tests need to take place as early as 8 weeks in pregnancy, so you should read the booklet as early as possible.

It is important that you contact your midwife, GP, or the hospital if you notice any change in your baby’s regular movement pattern.