Talk to your Doctor about the PreTRM® test


Here are important topics to help you talk with your doctor about the PreTRM® test and knowing your personal risk for delivering your baby early.

What is the PreTRM Test for Risk Management?

The PreTRM test is an innovative blood test that predicts your personal risk of delivering prematurely for THIS PREGNANCY. The test result may enable you and your doctor to proactively manage your pregnancy. If you are at higher risk for premature birth there are established interventions for you and your doctor to consider to address your risk of having a premature baby. Knowing your risk can also help you plan and prepare.

How does the PreTRM test work?

  • A proteomic blood test (a test that measures certain proteins in your blood) that is highly predictive of premature birth risk
  • Blood drawn at either 19 or 20 weeks of your pregnancy
  • Intended for asymptomatic patients, before symptoms of preterm labor
  • Singleton pregnancy
  • Results will show your individual spontaneous preterm birth risk (%) for this pregnancy

Has the test been validated?

The PreTRM test has been validated in a large, clinical study involving more than 5,500 pregnant patients in 11 obstetric centers across the US. The results of this study showed the PreTRM® test can identify pregnant women at risk of premature delivery early in her pregnancy and before signs of labor start.

The test validation is published as the Editors’ Choice lead article in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

It can also be found in the May 2016 issue of AJOG.

What happens if I’m at risk?

Knowing you are at higher risk in your pregnancy early, before symptoms occur, allows time for you and your doctor to be proactive in working together to help manage your risk. The following interventions have been studied in selected groups of pregnant women and have shown some benefit to prolong pregnancy.1, 8-11, 18-30

  • Increase office visits
  • Cervical length screening & monitoring
  • Cervical cerclage
  • Cervical pessary
  • Progesterone (according to professional guidelines)
  • ‘Pregnancy Centering’
  • Stress reduction
  • Stop smoking

Can we get more information?

If you or your doctor would like to speak with someone about the test:

Call – 1-801-990-6605eMail –

The PreTRM test is one of many prenatal tests to discuss with your doctor. Download the free prenatal tests checklist to use as a reference during your next check-up.

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Having a baby born prematurely — before 37 weeks — can happen to anyone. It happens in 1 in 10 pregnancies and can be dangerous for your baby!31 Knowing if you are at risk for delivering your baby prematurely gives you the power to plan and to take steps to address your risk.