Prenatal care

Prenatal Care

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care is medical care provided for an expectant mother during pregnancy.

As a parent-to-be, it is natural for you to worry about the health of your unborn baby. Going for regular check-ups with your obstetrician is necessary in order to track foetal development and ensure both you and your baby stay healthy.

Depending on your age and pregnancy history, your obstetrician may recommend further screening and diagnostic tests to check if your baby has any congenital conditions, such as birth defects or growth restrictions.

If needed, timely evaluation and treatment will be provided by our experienced team of senior foetal medicine specialists and paediatric cardiologists.

Here is an overview of specialised prenatal tests and services that you may receive over the course of your pregnancy.

  • Ultrasound scan to confirm the pregnancy and its location, check the baby's heartbeat and estimate the due date.
  • Chorionic villus sampling is recommended for high-risk pregnancies and typically done between 10 – 12 weeks of pregnancy to check for genetic defects. A small sample of placental tissue (the chorionic villus) is removed for analysis.
  • Blood tests to assess your pregnancy and health condition.
  • An ultrasound known as a foetal anomaly scan is done at around 18 – 20 weeks to assess the development of bones, organs and other structures. It is also used to determine gender and check the position of the placenta and the amount of amniotic fluid.
  • Foetal echocardiogram is done at around 18 – 24 weeks to examine the anatomy of the heart and check its function through 3D reconstruction and real-time 4D imaging.
  • Amniocentesis, also known as the amniotic fluid test (AFT), helps to diagnose chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Turner syndrome. It is also used to check for gender, foetal lung maturity and foetal infection. It is typically done between 15 – 20 weeks for high-risk pregnancies.
  • Foetal blood sampling (FBS) is done to check for chromosomal disorders, genetic diseases and viral infections. Conducted between 20 – 23 weeks, blood is drawn from the umbilical cord of the foetus.
  • Checks for gestational diabetes and anaemia as well as antibodies.
  • Immunisations against influenza and whooping cough.
  • Ultrasound scans (including 2D and 3D scans) to check on your baby's development
  • Group B streptococcus screening
Tip: To prepare for your child's birth, you are warmly encouraged to sign up for our Parentcraft: Antenatal Classes and maternity newsletters ahead of time.

Plan your prenatal care plan at Mount Elizabeth Hospitals

Your prenatal care plan is dependent on many factors, including your age, pregnancy history, and pre-existing health and medical conditions.

Our experts at Mount Elizabeth Hospitals are sensitive to your needs and goals and will work with you on your prenatal screening plan.