- Antenatal Care - appointments are included in routine doctors' surgeries, and our midwife, Joanne Clinton, holds clinics on Tuesday mornings for your 1st antenatal booking appointment and Thursday 09:30am - 16:00pm for follow-up antenatal appointments.
Below is a brief layout of when you should be seen by the midwife and what you should expect to happen.
Booking (usually at 8-12 weeks) 1 hour appointment
Midwife will discuss:-
Healthy eating, Smoking cessation, pelvic floor exercises, supplements,vaccinations, risk assessment and screening bloods will be taken.
16 weeks - 20 minute appointments from now on
24 weeks from now on your antenatal appointments will usually become more frequent. However, if your pregnancy is uncomplicated and you are in good health, you may not be seen as often as someone who needs to be more closely monitored.
Later visits are usually 20 mins. Your midwife or doctor will:
- check your urine and blood pressure
- feel your abdomen (tummy) to check the baby's position
- measure your uterus (womb) to check your baby's growth
- listen to your baby's heartbeat if you want them to
You should then be seen at 28 weeks, 32 weeks, 36 weeks, 38 weeks, 39 weeks and then 40 weeks.