What to expect from your midwife appointments

What to expect from your midwife appointments

February 2014

Once you’ve done the test, probably one of the first things you will do is let your doctor know you are pregnant. You can see either your doctor or ask for a midwife appointment – either is fine. This is known as a ‘booking in’ appointment so you are on the midwives’ system. You will be asked about your wellbeing, lifestyle and family health history, and will be introduced to folic acid if you’re not already taking it.

It does vary across the UK, but on average, if this is your first baby and you experience a normal, healthy pregnancy, you will have a total of ten appointments over the next 40 weeks after your initial booking in appointment. Here is an example of when they are (approximately) and what they are for:

8-12 weeks:

  • You will be given your maternity notes which you need to keep safe and take to every medical appointment during your pregnancy.
  • Your height, weight, blood pressure and urine will be taken
  • You will be asked about any risks you might have at work and should be given advice on maternity benefits.

12 weeks - You should have your first scan at the hospital around this time, this checks that your baby is developing normally.

16 weeks:

  • Back to see your midwife to discuss the results of your 12 weeks scan and any blood tests taken.
  • Your weight, blood pressure and urine will be taken.

20 weeks –  Back to hospital for your 20 week scan.

25 weeks, 28 weeks, 31 weeks, 34 weeks:

  • Your baby’s size will be measured.
  • Your weight, blood pressure and urine will be taken.

36 weeks:

  • Your midwife will discuss with you additional information such as feeding your baby, caring for your baby, managing your own health and post-natal depression signs plus Vitamin K and other baby screening assessments.
  • Your baby’s size will be measured.
  • Your weight, blood pressure and urine will be taken.
  • Your baby’s position will be noted.

38 weeks and 40 weeks:

  • Your baby’s size will be measured.
  • Your weight, blood pressure and urine will be taken.
  • Your baby’s position will be noted.
  • Your midwife will discuss with you options should your pregnancy run to 41+ weeks.

41 weeks:

  • Your baby’s size will be measured.
  • Your weight, blood pressure and urine will be taken.
  • Your baby’s position will be noted.
  • Your midwife will discuss with you options to induce labour.

If you have been pregnant before, you are likely to have a total of seven midwife appointments including the initial booking appointment, then at 16, 28, 34, 36, 38 and 41 weeks.

Don’t forget that your midwife it there to help you and if you have any worries or concerns, you can contact her at any time during your pregnancy. 

For more information, you can log on to: http://www.mumsnet.com/pregnancy/antenatal-appointments.