Antenatal booking appointment.
What is it?!🤰🏼 - I found during my clinic, women turn out to the booking appointment and have no idea what to expect. So... -
The booking appointment usually takes place between 8-10weeks, at GP surgery, children centre, home, midwifery let unit or hospital, it usually last about 1 hour and is full of lots of questions and information. -
Your midwife will ask some questions to help find out what care you need.
They may ask about:
•where you live and who you live with
•the baby's father
•any other pregnancies or children
•smoking, alcohol and drug use
•your physical and mental health, •any issues or treatment you've had
•any health issues in your family
•female genital mutilation (FGM)
•whether you have people around to help and support you, for example a partner or family members.
The first appointment is a chance to tell your midwife if you need help or are worried about anything that might affect your pregnancy. -
Your midwife will provide information about:
•how the baby develops during pregnancy
•a healthy pregnancy diet and foods to avoid in pregnancy
•pregnancy exercise and pelvic floor exercises
•your NHS pregnancy (antenatal) care
•benefits you can get when you're pregnant, such as free prescriptions and free dental care
•your options for where to have your baby
•the tests and scans you'll be offered in pregnancy, for example Down syndrome screening. -
Ensure you ask questions if you want to know more or don't understand something.
Your midwife will then discuss your pattern of care, when you’ll be seen. Every appointment you attend your blood pressure will be checked, your urine dipped and after 16 weeks you’ll hear baby’s heart. -
I hope this is helpful, ask away any questions. I’ll post more about the next appointments soon. 🤰🏼 •
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