|I am fed up with how many tests I have had to take since I
got pregnant. Why is the triple test important?
The results of the triple test are very important in that
you can get an indicator whether you are at risk to have
a baby with Down’s Syndrome, other genetic diseases,
or problems such as spina bifida. Should the test be in
the normal range, this can be very reassuring. It also reduces
the number of amniocentiesis required. Amniocentiesis is
an extremely valuable test used to provide a lot of data
about the health of your baby. However it does pose a small
risk of miscarriage.
So if you can establish that your baby is healthy by means
of a simple blood test, all the better. However it is important
to keep in mind that even if your levels of the hormones
that the test measures are not in the normal range, this
is just an indicator that more testing is required and only
a very small portion of those with abnormal results really
do have babies with a problem.
Should your results not be in the normal range, your doctor
will probably send you for an ultrasound scan to get an
accurate determination of your due date, and to check the
baby. The next step after this may be amniocentesis.
So yes, pregnancy does involve a lot of tests. But they
are all to reassure you that your baby is healthy, or to
preempt any problems that may arise. Remind yourself that
your doctor sends you for all these tests because he has
the well being of you and your baby in mind.