Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)

NIPT is another optional test that is used to check the risk of the chromosomal conditions that are also checked with the Nuchal Translucency test (Down Syndrome, Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18). This is done from 10 weeks gestation by a simple blood test from the mother that is used to check the baby’s DNA that can be found in her bloodstream. It costs around $450, and like the Nuchal Translucency, is a screening tool, meaning it cannot 100% confirm the presence or absence of any of these conditions. The combination of NIPT and Nuchal Translucency can offer more certainty of their results, however an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling would be required if a couple needed to be certain of the results. Couples may also find out the sex of their baby with this test.

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