Thursday, September 27, 2012

Antenatal appointments schedule - first and 12 weeks doctor appointments

First appointment for pregnancy: This is the appointment when you tell your midwife or doctor that you are pregnant.
They should give you information about:
Folic acid and vitamin D supplements
Nutrition, diet and food hygiene
Lifestyle factors.
Antenatal screening tests.
It is important to tell your midwife or doctor if:
There were any complications or infections in a previous pregnancy or delivery, such as pre-eclampsia or premature birth.  
You are being treated for a chronic disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure
You or anyone in your family has previously had a baby with an abnormality, for example spina bifida.   
There is a family history of an inherited disease, for example sickle cell or cystic fibrosis.
Antenatal booking appointment (8–12 weeks)  
Your midwife or doctor should give you information about:
• How the baby develops during pregnancy
• Nutrition and diet
• Exercise and pelvic floor exercises
• Antenatal screening tests
• Your antenatal care
• Breastfeeding, including workshops
• Antenatal education
• Maternity benefits
• planning your labor
• Your options for where to have your baby.
Your midwife or doctor should:
• give you your hand-held notes and plan of care
• see if you may need additional care or support
• plan the care you will get throughout your pregnancy
• identify any potential risks associated with any work you may do
• measure your height and weight and calculate your body mass index
• measure your blood pressure and test your urine for protein
• find out whether you are at increased risk of gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia
• offer you screening tests and make sure you understand what is involved before you decide to have any of them
• offer you an ultrasound scan at eight to 14 weeks to estimate when your baby is due
• offer you an ultrasound scan at 18 to 20 weeks to check the physical development of your baby and screen for possible abnormalities.

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