Learn about the triple screening test
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Hi, everybody! I am Melanie Raposo and welcome to Mommy's Minute. The triple screen test is a simple blood test that measures not only AFP levels, but hCG and estriol as well. These are all hormones found in the fetus that are passing to the mother's bloodstream. The test is usually performed between the 15th and 18th week. The test is more effective than an AFP test and screens for additional genetic problems. Generally speaking, any combination of the testing will identify 60% of babies with Down's syndrome and 80% to 90% of babies with neural tube defects. To learn more, visit www.ThePregnancyShow.com.