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Antenatal Care

Antenatal Care


Once your pregnancy is confirmed, it’s important to see a gynaecologist as soon as possible. Appointments during your pregnancy are called your antenatal appointments or antenatal care.

What will happen during the appointments?

The antenatal care you get throughout your pregnancy depends on:

  • Your health and any risks you or your baby may have
  • Your stage of pregnancy
  • Any problems you may be experiencing

There will be a number of checks, scans, tests and discussions, such as:

  • When the baby is due, what trimester you are in and what this means for you and your baby
  • Finding out about your medical history, general health and how any previous pregnancies were
  • Discussing any medication you are taking
  • Ensuring you are up to date with cervical screening
  • Making sure your mental health is ok, and supporting you if you have depression or anxiety
  • Checking your blood pressure and weight and testing your urine
  • Organising blood tests and screening
  • Providing advice on healthy eating and lifestyle changes
  • Feeling and measuring your tummy, and listening to the baby’s heartbeat
  • Asking you about your home environment, work and what support you have. If you are experiencing family violence, this is a good opportunity for you to discuss it
  • Checking about any physical symptoms that may be bothering you
  • Running through your birth plan with you
  • Talking about if something doesn’t go to plan during the birth
  • Finding out about antenatal classes
  • Advice about taking your baby home, feeding them and other care