Once your pregnancy is confirmed, it’s important to see your GP as soon as possible so that you can schedule the appointments you will need during your pregnancy. These are called your antenatal appointments or antenatal care.
Antenatal appointments allow your GP or midwife to help both you and your baby stay healthy. Even if your pregnancy is going well, and you are feeling great – it is important that you attend your appointments so that any potential risks can be identified and prevented or reduced.
It is also a wonderful opportunity to ask any questions about your pregnancy such as how the baby and your body develop with each trimester, your physical symptoms and about the birth itself. You can also be more prepared for how to care for yourself and your baby after the birth.
Book an appointment with a GP at Westridge Medical for your Antenatal Care Appointments.
There will be a number of checks, scans, tests and discussions, such as:
If this is your first pregnancy and you’re not experiencing any problems, it’s likely you’ll have about 8 to 10 appointments. Your GP or midwife will give you an appointment plan during your first antenatal visit.
If this is not your first pregnancy, you’ll probably have 7-9 appointments if you had an uncomplicated pregnancy before.
The number of visits can change depending on whether your pregnancy becomes complicated. If it does, your midwife or doctor may need to increase the number of appointments and you may need more tests and scans. You can also arrange to see your doctor or midwife if you have any problems or concerns.
It is a good idea for your birth support partner, family member or friend to come to your appointments with you, particularly when discussing your birth plan and if you want them to support you during the birth.