Antenatal care should begin as early as when you are planning for a baby. It is important to take care of your health before and during your pregnancy as it can have a lifelong impact in your baby’s health.
Your first visit will ideally take place when you are about six to eight weeks pregnant. Our team of experienced obstetricians will carry out a thorough assessment including a physical examination and understanding more about your medical and family history.
Your antenatal visits will depend on your individual needs. In general, most women will require between eight to ten visits until they deliver their baby, while others may require additional visits and tests to monitor the well-being of mother and baby.
- Blood tests
- Urine test
Fetal Screening Tests
These are available for parents, especially those in the high-risk group such as increased age and an extensive family medical history. The majority of structural or chromosomal abnormalities may be detected by fetal screening tests, including chromosomal abnormality, genetic diseases, infections, major structural abnormalities especially those involving the brain and the heart, and growth disorders.
First Trimester Screening (FTS) at 11-13 weeks of pregnancy
Also known as the One-Stop-Clinic-For-Assessment-of-Risk (OSCAR), this screening is a prenatal test that offers early information about the baby's risk of certain conditions. This include a blood test to measure levels of two pregnancy-specific substances in the mother's blood and an ultrasound exam to measure the size of the clear space in the tissue at the back of the baby's neck (nuchal translucency).
- Common chromosomal abnormalities
- Early structural abnormalities
- Severe pre-eclampsia
There are alternatives to FTS. However, both do not screen for early structural abnormalities pre-eclampsia or intrauterine growth restriction.
Triple Test at 15 to 20 Weeks of Pregnancy
This blood test allows the detection of 60 to 70 per cent risk of Down syndrome.
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) from 10 Weeks of Pregnancy
This uses modern technology to detect fetal DNA in the mother’s blood. It is highly accurate for the screening of Down syndrome, Edward syndrome and Patau Syndrome (to a lesser degree), and the sex chromosomes.