Antenatal care, a moment with an obstetrician or midwife

You are married, not married, or planning to get marry? This is a discuss you or your wife should not disregard to educate and prepare you before the arrival of your baby. And If you love your wife, sister or girl child, I think you should tag or mention her name in this series of antenatal care, to enable her follow up.

Antenatal care is the care you get from health professionals during your pregnancy. It’s sometimes called pregnancy care or maternity care.

You’ll be offered appointments with a midwife, or sometimes a doctor who specializes in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician). You should start your antenatal care as soon as possible once you know you’re pregnant. You can do this by contacting a midwife or GP, or referring yourself directly to maternity services near you. This is usually done by filling in an online form on your local hospital or NHS trust website.

What is antenatal care?

This is the care you receive while you’re pregnant to make sure you and your baby are as well as possible.

The midwife or doctor providing your antenatal care will:

  • Check the health of you and your baby.
  • Give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy, including advice about healthy eatingand exercise.
  • Discuss your options and choices for your care during pregnancy, labour and birth.
  • Answer any questions you may have.

If you’re pregnant, here are some vital added screenings to be offered by your doctor.

You may also be offered antenatal classes, including breastfeeding workshops. Ask your midwife about classes in your area.

Starting antenatal care

You can book an appointment with your GP (general practitioner) or directly with a midwife as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. You may be advised to refer yourself to your local maternity service to book your first appointment.

You can ask to be referred to your nearest midwifery service by your GP, midwife, healthcare professional, school nurse, community centre, children’s centre or refugee hostel.

You can find your nearest children’s centre through your local council. It’s best to see a midwife or GP as early as possible to get the information you need about having a healthy pregnancy.

Some tests, such as screening for sickle cell and thalassaemia, should be done before you’re 10 weeks pregnant.If you have special health needs, your midwife, GP or obstetrician may take shared responsibility for your maternity care.

This means they’ll all be involved in your care during pregnancy. Let your midwife know if you have a disability that means you have special requirements for your antenatal appointments or for labour. If you do not speak English, tell your midwife.

How many antenatal appointments will I have?

If you’re expecting your first child, you’ll have up to 10 antenatal appointments.

If you have had a baby before, you’ll have around 7 appointments, but sometimes you may have more – for example, if you develop a medical condition. Early in your pregnancy, your midwife or doctor will give you written information about how many appointments you’re likely to have and when they’ll happen.

You should have a chance to discuss the schedule of antenatal appointments with them.

If you cannot keep an appointment, let the clinic or midwife know and rearrange it.

Where will I have my antenatal appointments?

Your appointments can take place at:


You’ll usually go to the hospital for your pregnancy scans.

Antenatal appointments should take place in a setting where you feel able to discuss sensitive issues, such as domestic abuse, sexual abuse, mental health problems or drugs.

To make sure you get the best pregnancy care, your midwife will ask you many questions about your and your family’s health, and your preferences.

Your midwife will carry out some antenatal checks and tests, some of which will be done throughout your pregnancy, such as urine tests and blood pressure checks.

The results may affect your choices later in pregnancy, so it’s important not to miss them. Your midwife will also ask about any other social care support you may have or need, such as support from social workers or family liaison officers.

Questions you might be asked 

The midwife or doctor might ask about:

  • The date of the first day of your last period
  • Your health
  • Any previous illnesses and operations you have had
  • Any previous pregnancies and miscarriages
  • The ethnic origins of you and your partner to find out whether your baby may be at risk of certain inherited conditions.
  • Whether your family has a history of twins.
  • Your job, your partner’s job and what kind of accommodation you live in to see whether your circumstances might affect your pregnancy.
  • How you’re feeling and whether you have been depressed.

Your antenatal appointments are an opportunity to tell your midwife or doctor if you’re in a vulnerable situation or if you need extra support. This could be because of domestic abuse or violence, sexual abuse or female genital mutilation.


You can also ask questions or talk about anything that’s worrying you. From around 24 weeks of your pregnancy, your antenatal appointments will usually become more frequent.

But if your pregnancy is uncomplicated and you’re in good health, you may not be seen as often as someone who needs to be more closely monitored.

Later visits are usually quite short and may last 20 to 30 minutes.

Your midwife or doctor will: 

  • Check your urine and blood pressure
  • Feel your tummy (abdomen) to check the baby’s position
  • Measure your womb (uterus) to check your baby’s growth
  • Listen to your baby’s heartbeat, if you want them to

Talking about your feelings is as important as all the antenatal tests and examinations. 


Find out about your schedule of antenatal appointments and what to expect at each one. At each antenatal appointment from 24 weeks of pregnancy, your midwife or doctor will check your baby’s growth. To do this, they’ll measure the distance from the top of your womb to your pubic bone. The measurement will be recorded in your notes.

 You should be given information about:

  • Making your birth plan
  • Preparing for labour and birth
  • How to tell if you’re in active labour
  • induction of labourif your baby is overdue (after your expected date of delivery)
  • feeling depressed after childbirth– such as the “baby blues” and postnatal depression
  • Feeding your baby
  • Vitamin k (given to prevent vitamin k deficiency bleeding in your baby)
  • Screening tests for newborn babies
  • Looking after yourself and your new baby

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