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Antenatal appointments and tests diary

Once you know you are pregnant, your diary will quickly fill up with antenatal appointments with your midwife, GP or obstetrician to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

In these appointments useful information is given, and progress checked. In some screening tests may be performed.

First time mums will usually have more appointments than women who have already had a baby.

First appointment

The first contact appointment with the midwife or doctor is arranged as soon as you know you are pregnant. Make sure your pregnancy care team knows about any problems in previous pregnancies, medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, and any family history of conditions like spina bifida, sickle cell anaemia or cystic fibrosis.

At the appointment, you'll be given information about:

Eight to 12 weeks: The booking appointment

At this appointment, you get some very important paperwork: your hand-held notes and plan of care to keep with you.

Plans will be made for care and any special measures during your pregnancy.

Risks will be assessed for gestational diabetes and pre- eclampsia.

This is the time to discuss any potential problems a job may cause with the pregnancy, such as chemicals or radiation, and what to do about them.

Then some checks and tests:

  • Height and weight will be measured and BMI worked out ( body mass index)
  • Check for high blood pressure
  • Test urine for protein

Further tests and screening will be explained and offered and appointments booked.

Screening offered will include:

You'll be given more information, including:

  • Stages of how the baby develops during pregnancy
  • Maternity benefits
  • Options for the birth and planning ahead

Eight to 14 weeks: Dating scan

This ultrasound scan helps to estimate when your baby is due. The scan also monitors the baby's development and checks for any possible abnormalities.

16 weeks

If you've had tests and previous appointments, results will be explained and discussed.

Routine checks include blood pressure and protein in the urine. Iron supplements may be recommended if anaemia is detected.

The next tests and appointments will be explained.

18-20 weeks: Anomaly scan

This ultrasound scan is the next step in monitoring the healthy physical development of the baby and to look for any physical abnormalities.

25 weeks

The 25 week appointment is for first time mums, during which blood pressure will be tested and urine checked for protein again.

The size of the uterus will also be measured.

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