In early pregnancy, the Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is performed in two parts. The first part involves an early pregnancy ultrasound and the second, involves a maternal blood test.

The scan is performed for a number of reasons. Firstly, the gestation of the pregnancy requires confirmation as the fetus must measure 10 weeks or greater for NIPT to be undertaken. For some patients, this may be their first ultrasound and on occasion, the gestation of the pregnancy may not have been accurately known. This can lead to an updated due date from the scan.

The scan also examines for twins or triplets. Further counselling regarding the test may be indicated in the presence of a multiple pregnancy.

The fetus is also examined for a normal heartbeat and normal very early fetal development.

Following the confirmation of a normal, single pregnancy that is 10 weeks or greater, the maternal blood can be collected.

How do I get started?

Contact your doctor for a referral for NIPT. An appointment can then be made to include both the early scan and blood collection.