It is important to make an appointment to see your midwife or doctor as soon as you find out you are pregnant.
Throughout your pregnancy, you will be offered regular check-ups. The number of check-ups you have will depend on many things. If this is your first baby you will have a few extra check-ups and certain medical conditions will also make it necessary for you to be checked more frequently. Any pregnant woman can contact her midwife or doctor if there is something she needs to discuss
Regular Check-Ups in Pregnancy
These check-ups will probably include: weighing you taking your blood pressure feeling your stomach (to check your baby's size and position) listening to your baby's heartbeat checking your urine for infections and blood sugar problems checking your general well-being
Blood Tests in Pregnancy
While you are pregnant, you will be offered various blood tests which provide information that helps you deliver a healthy baby. You should never be afraid to ask questions about the tests you are offered and what further decisions you may have to take depending on the results. It is important to discuss any of your concerns with your midwife or doctor and feel free to take time to consider your options.
Tests can include: identifying your blood group and type HBV testing (HBV causes hepatitis B) testing for conditions such as syphilis, anaemia or the sickle cell trait testing for immunity to rubella (German measles) HIV testing
My pregnancy journey By getting in touch with a midwife as soon as possible in your pregnancy, you will get all the expert help you need, including advice about your pregnancy screening options and tests. (External Link)