PREGNANCY PLUS - additional services for greater peace of mind
Blood tests to check immunity against prenatal infections:
Toxoplasmosis: In Germany, around 35 to 40% of all women have been infected at some stage with Toxoplasma and are therefore protected for life from further infection (they are immune). This infection, transmitted primarily through contact with cat feces but also by eating raw meat and sausage, does not generally cause any symptoms. A blood sample will check whether the mother is immune.
Chickenpox: Over 95% of all women have had chickenpox during childhood. A blood test for the Varicella pathogen can determine whether or not the mother is immune. If the mother is not immune and she comes into contact with chickenpox during certain phases of the pregnancy, immediate action needs to be taken (e.g. immunoglobulin injection).
Cytomegaly: This is a viral infection that frequently goes unnoticed, but which can be harmful to an unborn baby. It is therefore recommended that the mother's immunity status to this virus be checked. If a mother who has no immunity to the virus becomes infected with it, immunoglobulin treatments can also be offered in this case.
First trimester screening (Fetal Medicine Foundation)
An ultrasound scan is used to measure the fetal nuchal fold and a blood sample is taken from the mother to calculate the individual statistical risk of the most common chromosomal defects during pregnancy (trisomy 21, 18 and 13). The detection rate is 80-90%.
Non invasive prenatal test (NIPT: e.g. PRAENA-Test, HARMONY-Test)
Determination of fetal DNA from the mother's blood to detect trisomy 21 (Down’s Syndrome), trisomy 18 or 13 or other chromosomal X- and Y-related diseases in the baby. The detection rate is greater than 99%.
This is recommended during the 35th and 37th week to prevent any smear infection of the baby during birth.
Fascinating views of your child with three-dimensional imaging in the womb. Photographs and videos will be transferred to CD. The best time for this is between the 15th and 25th week of pregnancy.
Ultrasound scan in addition to the 3 routine investigations prescribed by the pregnancy guidelines.