First Trimester Screenings

20140610-0142-minIf you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and you’re at risk for having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities, talk with your obstetrician. You may want to consider a first-trimester screening with instant risk assessment, one of the most advanced tests available for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. The High Risk Pregnancy Center in southern Nevada is at the forefront of prenatal testing, with expertise in performing your screening, and in interpreting your results.

Get peace of mind early in your pregnancy with advanced testing

We conduct the first trimester screening between 11 and 13 weeks. It involves blood tests combined with special ultrasound testing. You may come into the office for the blood draw or use a convenient at-home kit, which we will provide to you. This allows you to send a tiny sample of blood to the lab as early as 9 weeks into your pregnancy.

20140610-0161-minWhen you send your blood sample to the lab in advance, the results are returned to us so that your High Risk Pregnancy Center specialist can analyze them. This allows us to complete your screening—blood tests combined with the special ultrasound exam—and discuss the results and next steps with you when you come in for your ultrasound appointment.

If the test indicates an increased risk for a chromosomal abnormality, your High Risk Pregnancy Center specialist may recommend further testing, such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS), amniocentesis, or non-invasive fetal chromosome screening from a simple blood sample, to obtain further information about your pregnancy.

Learn more about how we evaluate pregnancy risks with ultrasound and advanced tests, including the first trimester risk assessment. Call the High Risk Pregnancy Center today at 702.382.3200. You can also schedule an appointment using our easy online form.