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Prenatal first trimester screening, pregnancy and childbirth

I heard about screening from friends who gave birth later than me. Some were frightened by the inconsistency of blood test standards, others were glad that there were no deviations.

I do not quite believe in this procedure, since it cannot give 100% guarantees that everything is in order with the baby.

When I got pregnant the second time, the doctor recommended that I do this analysis. I agreed. I’ll tell you more about this procedure.

What is screening?

Screening the first trimester, as well as the second, allows assessing fetal neural tube defects, the likelihood of Down syndrome and Edwards syndrome. I will not go deep into details, as it is quite long. You yourself are unlikely to understand the results.

The first screening is conducted between the 11th and 13th weeks of pregnancy. It is during this period that pregnancy pathology can be detected and the situation assessed.

After blood donation, it is necessary to undergo an ultrasound scan, where a specialist will make the necessary measurements of the fetus and assess the general condition.

If I had been told about 10 years ago that I would donate blood from a vein almost every month, I would have laughed loudly 🙂 Now, this will become commonplace for me, but still unpleasant.

So, take a blood test from a vein on an empty stomach. The cost of the procedure in a private laboratory is 514 rubles. (180 UAH.). Prices may vary. As a rule, screening tests are not done in a free female consultation. I got the result within 24 hours.

Like all surviving pregnant women, I began to monitor the Internet to make sure that the baby is fine. I was expected to fail, because the indicators are different for everyone and I was not able to assess the risks of syndromes myself. I spat on this venture and decided to wait for the ultrasound and a visit to the doctor.

After receiving a blood test, I went to the long-awaited ultrasound. It does not matter that I stood in the queue for more than an hour, but how nice it was to hear from the doctor that the child was all right.


In the process of ultrasound, the specialist makes the necessary measurements of the fetus (head volume, size of the collar space, symmetry of the arms, legs, abdomen volume, heart rate, etc.), compares them with the gestational period and the developmental standards of the baby in the womb. Also, you can voice the sex of the child (if you are lucky), take a photo of the baby and tell about the expected date of birth (DA).

I was a little upset to learn that the DA was being set for me at the end of December: (

What can enter into a panic?

A friend of mine did a screening while being pregnant a second time and could not find a place for herself. She was frightened that the child showed abnormalities, and that she should end the pregnancy. The problem turned out to be inaccurate gestational age. Even a minor error in calculating the term can enter into a panic.

Also, screening can be uninformative for women who are too fat or too thin.

The presence of diabetes, multiple pregnancies or IVF can also lead to improper interpretation of tests.

Is it worth screening?

Of course, every woman decides for herself whether to screen or not. I decided to do. It turned out not so scary. If you have any controversial points in this examination, do not immediately panic and tear your hair out. It is better to contact other specialists to decipher the results.

Did you do screening during pregnancy?

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