PRENATAL TEST CHECKLIST BY WEEK OF PREGNANCY

As part of our commitment to women’s health, we’ve included our Prenatal Test Checklist to help you stay organized during your pregnancy. Some tests are standard, while specialized tests are administered based on your age, health history and other factors. Talk with your provider about what makes the most sense for you.

+ Blood Test: Standard

The blood test looks for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, anemia, Diabetes, hepatitis B, preeclampsia, blood type and whether your blood cells have an Rh factor protein.
Between 1-6 weeks

+ Urine Tests: Standard

Tests for blood sugar, excess protein, ketones and bacteria that causes urinary tract infections.
Week 1-40, some practices take urine tests at every visit

+ Pap smear: Standard

To check your risk for cervical cancer and whether you have any sexually transmitted diseases that could lead to premature birth or stillbirth.
Between 1-8 weeks

+ Genetic Carrier Blood Tests: Genetic

You and your partner will be screened for certain genetic conditions including cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease and sickle cell disease.
Between 1-8 weeks

+ Vaginal Ultrasound: Ask your doctor

Determines the stage of pregnancy and checks for heartbeat and whether there is an ectopic pregnancy.
Between 6-10 weeks

+ Chronic Villus Sampling (CVS): Genetic

Screens for all chromosomal abnormalities and several hundred genetic disorders.
Between 10-13 weeks

+ Chromosomal Microarray Analysis (CMA): Genetic

A more detailed examination of genetic material that identifies certain disorders including Williams syndrome, Angleman syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome. Usually performed in conjunction with amniocentesis and/or CVS.
Between 10-20 weeks

Download a pdf of the list to take with you to the doctor

+ First Trimester Screen: Standard

A blood test, usually combined with the Nuchal Translucency Scan, that checks for risks of chromosomal abnormalities including Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13.
Between 11- 13 weeks

+ Nuchal Translucency (NT) Scan: Ask your doctor

An ultrasound that examines the clear space in the tissue at the back of the baby’s neck to asses your baby’s risk of developing Down Syndrome.
Between 11-14 weeks

+ Quadruple (Quad) Screen blood test: Standard

Determines your baby’s risk for chromosomal abnormalities and neural tube defects.
Between 15-20 weeks

+ Integrated or Sequential Screen blood tests: Genetic

A combination of the first trimester screen and quad screen that assesses your baby’s risk of chromosomal abnormalities and neural tube defects.
The first test between 11-13 weeks, the second test between 15-20 weeks

+ Amniocentesis: Genetic

Uses a sample of your amniotic fluid to determine genetic disorders and neural tube defects.
Between 16-20 weeks

+ Ultrasound: Standard

Checks the baby’s heartbeat, size, the location of the placenta, the amount of amniotic fluid, whether there are any physical abnormalities and can determine the baby’s sex.
Between 16-20 weeks

+ Premature Birth Predictor blood test: Proteomic

A new test that determines your risk of preterm labor, or giving birth before 37 weeks.
Between 19- 20 weeks

+ Group B Strep: Standard

A vaginal swab that checks for this bacteria.
Between 35-37 weeks

Sources: CDC.gov, Babycenter.com and Sera Prognostics.