Category Archives for Learning About Premature Birth Risk

Reading Your PreTRM Test Results

While you’re considering the PreTRM® test, we thought you might like to see what the test results will look like. The sample test results below may help you better understand what your own test results will look like. You can ask your doctor for a copy of the results after you’ve reviewed your individual risk score together.

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Taking The PreTRM Test

The PreTRM® test is a simple blood test done during the 19th and 20th weeks of pregnancy that is highly predictive of premature birth. You may be wondering why weeks 19 and 20. Our team of incredibly talented doctors and researchers have discovered that during that precise window, two proteins in your blood are highly predictive of premature birth risk.

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Requesting the PreTRM Test

During your pregnancy, you have regularly scheduled prenatal visits, which could start at 8 or 12 weeks, followed by a 16-week appointment, and continued regularly scheduled appointments through your pregnancy.

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Introducing Us To Your Doctor

Around your 12-week doctor appointment is a good time for both you and your doctor to learn more about the test and to discuss how it can provide important information about your pregnancy. Bringing up something new that may be unfamiliar to your doctor can sometimes be awkward. They don’t like to be caught off guard!

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The PreTRM Test

Approximately 4,000,000 births occur in this country each year. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the preterm birth rate in the U.S. was 9.8% in 2016, or about 1 in 10 pregnancies — one of the highest rates in the developed world — resulting in approximately 400,000 premature births each year.

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The PreTRM® Good Candidate Quiz

The PreTRM test will determine your individual risk for delivering premature. Take this short quiz to see if you’d be a good candidate for our test.

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The Effects of Premature Birth

Maybe you’ve heard, “If my baby is premature it will be fine because NICUs (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) are so amazing.” It’s true: NICUs are amazing. But despite the best care, preterm babies (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and their families face extraordinary challenges.

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Premature Birth Can Happen to Anyone

Most women think having a premature baby will never happen to them and most preterm births are unexpected. But it can happen to anyone — even the healthiest women! It crosses all demographics, ages, incomes, and ethnicity.

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