Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein (MSAFP) Test

This is a blood test which measures the level of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in your blood. It’s designed to indicate an increased risk for fetal open neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and may also indicate an increased risk for Down syndrome.

With the MSAFP Test there is a possibility of a “false negative” as well as a “false positive”, since no screening test is perfect.

This test is usually done between the 16th and 18th week of pregnancy.

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Amniocentesis
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Contraction Stress test (CST)
Glucose Tolerance Testing
Hemoglobin Test
Non-Stress (NST) Test
Rh Factor
Triple Screen Test
Ultrasound

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