Prenatal tests are medical tests you get during pregnancy, before delivery. Prenatal tests help your doctor find out what's going on with you and your pregnancy. Prenatal tests are done routinely at the first prenatal visit and then subsequently several times during pregnancy. Other tests are done during pregnancy only if you have certain problems that may affect your health and your baby’s health. For example, some prenatal tests check for health conditions in your baby, others in the mother

Pregnancy tests, for example, detect a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in the blood or urine, which is produced within days after implantation when the fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus. 

This usually happens about nine days after fertilization, with a range between 6-12 days. If you are pregnant, levels of hCG continue to rise rapidly, doubling early on every two to three days.

Once you know you're pregnant, you want the right tests and assurances about the health of you and your unborn child. That's where prenatal testing comes in. Many, though not all, conditions can be detected before and during pregnancy. Prenatal testing is part of prenatal care and it checks the health of the fetus as well as the mother. Knowing about your baby before birth can be helpful in making decisions before and after birth.

Here's a look at the most common prenatal and pregnancy tests, many which you can expect to undergo at some point during your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Test

Special Tests

First Trimester Tests

Second Trimester Tests

  • Fetal Health Testing - An Overview
  • Amniocentesis
  • Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein Screening (MSAFP)
  • Quad/Triple Screen: Multiple Marker Screen 
  • Maternal Serum Screening
  • Anatomy Ultrasound
  • Fetal Echocardiogram

Third Trimester Tests