Treatments and tests

Tests for you and your baby during pregnancy

Both you and your baby will undergo a number of different tests during your pregnancy.

You may have blood tests to check your general health and to check for some infections. See tests for pregnant women.

Your baby will have a number of prenatal tests (prenatal means at anytime during your pregnancy) to check his or her health during pregnancy. These tests can include:

It is important to be aware that some conditions cannot be detected with a prenatal test. About 5 per cent of babies born in Western Australia have a birth defect. Learn about tests for your baby during pregnancy

Your family health history

It is important to find out if there are any genetic conditions that may affect the health of your baby. You may have to ask your family members if they know of any conditions. It is best to do this before you get pregnant.

If you are concerned about a particular genetic condition in your family please talk to your doctor or contact Genetic Services of Western Australia (external site).

More information


  • It is recommended that both you and your baby have a number of different tests during your pregnancy to check for certain health conditions.
  • It is up to you whether or not you have screening and diagnostic tests.
  • Screening tests during pregnancy identify if there is an increased risk of a birth defect.


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