Thursday, September 27, 2012

Antenatal care in early pregnancy - first appointment with doctor when pregnant

Antenatal care in early pregnancy: In early pregnancy (up until 20–24 weeks), your antenatal appointments will take longer than those in mid- pregnancy. This is because your midwife or doctor will need time to assess you and your baby, discuss your care and give you advices. At each appointment you should have the chance to ask questions and discuss any concerns or issues.
First appointment with midwife or GP    
As soon as you think you are pregnant, you should make an appointment to see your midwife or GP. The earlier you do this, the better. At this appointment you will be given advices about:
Folic acid and vitamin D supplements
Nutrition and diet
Food hygiene
Lifestyle factors that may affect your health or the health of your baby.
Antenatal screening tests.
Your pregnancy booking appointment  
Most women have their ‘booking appointment’ between the 8th and 12th week of pregnancy. This can take a couple of hours. You will see a midwife and sometimes a doctor. You should also be offered an ultrasound scan.
You should be given facts 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.

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