NIPT (non-invasive prenatal test)

Down syndrome due to trisomy 21 (an extra chromosome 21) and the most common other chromosomal abnormalities. Edward syndrome (an extra chromosome 18) and Pateau syndrome (an extra chromosome 13) can also be determined by analysing DNA originating from the baby and circulating in the mom’s blood.  This entails a blood specimen from the mom.  There are different variations of this test.

The main disadvantage is the cost, which is not reimbursed by all medical aids.  Though very accurate, it cannot completely replace an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sample. The DNA tests can be done from 10 weeks. Our recommendation is to perform an ultrasound examination at 12 weeks to help determine whether the DNA test is the most appropriate for you.

If you prefer having the DNA test done before 12 weeks, please arrange this through your gynaecologist.

If you would like to know more, please read this infocontact us, or browse the site of a provider such as Natera or Next Genetics. The latter also has an instructive video about the DNA test. There is also a useful app, called NIPT Insights, available on Google Play or in the App Store.