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Maternity

Antenatal Appointments

Your Midwife will arrange to see you for regular antenatal appointments during your pregnancy where they will check the wellbeing of both you and your baby. Most of these visits will be in your local GP surgery or Children's Centre but occasionally they may be arranged at your home. You will need to go to hospital for your ultrasound scans.

We also provide a 4D Scan service.

If you are expecting your first child, you will have up to ten appointments. If you have had a baby before, you will have around seven appointments. Under certain circumstances, for example if you develop a medical condition, you may have more appointments.

It's important to see a Midwife or GP as soon as possible. You should have your 'booking' appointment (first appointment) by 8-10 weeks and your Midwife will need to know: 

  • your medical history and any other pregnancies you may have had
  • your general health
  • your family history
  • your ethnic origin
  • what your expectations are for this pregnancy
  • any worries or concerns you may have.


Antenatal appointments - what to expect

Your Midwife will provide you with support and information to prepare you for your pregnancy and your antenatal records will be started.

You will be advised to book your appointments with your Midwife on the following weeks of pregnancy:

8-10 weeks - first visit/booking appointment
It is very important to see a Midwife or a GP as soon as possible. Ideally you should have had your first appointment or 'booking' visit by 8-10 weeks.

At this appointment, we will:

  • Discuss your health, lifestyle choices (e.g. diet, exercise), birth options and any other concerns so that an individual care plan can be developed.
  • We will also take your blood pressure, a blood test, a urine test, check your weight
  • We will provide information and discuss the screening tests available.

11-13 weeks - ultrasound scan
At this appointment, you will have your first ultrasound scan which is known as the dating scan.  This scan will also offer screening for Down's, Edward's and Patau's syndromes (Nuchal Translucency scan and blood test).

16 weeks
You will meet your Midwife and we will discuss the results of the screening tests with you. We will also take your blood pressure and test your urine and provide your with information about the routine abnormality scan at 18-20 weeks.

18-20 weeks - ultrasound scan
This is the fetal anomaly scan to check for any physical abnormalities.

25 weeks (for those having first babies only)
You will meet your Midwife and we will take your blood pressure, test your urine. We will also check your abdomen to measure the baby's growth and check that its movements are appropriate.

28 weeks
You will meet your Midwife and we will take your blood pressure, test your urine. We will also check your abdomen to measure the baby's growth and check that its movements are appropriate.

28 weeks onwards
From around 28 weeks, your antenatal appointments will take place every two or three weeks. If your pregnancy is complicated, you may be seen more often. At each appointment, you will meet your Midwife and we will take your blood pressure, test your urine. We will also check your abdomen to measure the baby's growth and check that are appropriate.

You will be given information on:

  • breastfeeding
  • preparing for labour and birth
  • your birth plan
  • how to tell if you're in active labour
  • looking after your yourself and your new baby
  • screening tests for newborn babies
  • the 'baby blues' and postnatal depression
  • induction of labour if your baby is late.
 

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