The capabilities of technology and science have made a great impact in the way pregnancy is dealt with today. Besides already being able to identify a baby’s gender, listen to its heartbeat and take a picture — all inside the womb of the mother, science has helped to catch health problems before they even start.
One way to identify a fetus’s risks of health problems is by using OSCAR testing, a method that is now widely available in Singapore.
An OSCAR test, or ‘One-stop Clinic for Assessment of Risk for Fetal Anomalies’, is a test carried out in the first trimester to screen for the risk of fetal anomalies, particularly for Down’s Syndrome (Trisomy 21). An OSCAR test is optional and is available at all hospitals and involves a Nuchal Translucency (NT) scan and a blood test. If you wish to have an OSCAR test done, your doctor will schedule it usually between the 11th to 14th week of your pregnancy.