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This is to assess your chances of having a baby with these conditions. Edwards' syndrome is also called trisomy 18 or T18, and Patau's syndrome is also called trisomy 13 or T13.
If a screening test shows that you have a higher chance of having a baby with Down's, Edwards' or Patau's syndromes, you'll be offered diagnostic tests to find out for certain if your baby has the condition.
If your screening test returns a lower-chance result, you should be told within 2 weeks.
If it shows a higher chance, you should be told within 3 working days of the result being available.
You can read about people's experiences of deciding to continue a pregnancy on the ARC website.
If the screening test shows that the chance of having a baby with Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes is lower than 1 in 150, this is a lower-chance result.
The screening test will not tell you whether your baby does or doesn't have Down's, Edwards' or Patau's syndromes – it will tell you if you have a higher or lower chance (also called higher or lower risk) of having a baby with one of these conditions.
It may be worth asking the midwife what happens in your area and when you can expect to get your results.Down's syndrome causes some level of learning disability. Some health problems are more common in people with Down's syndrome, such as heart conditions, and problems with the digestive system, hearing and vision.