As soon as you find out you are pregnant it is important that you book in with maternity services. During the COVID restrictions, antenatal appointments will either be face to face or digitally online. Please ask your midwife for current guidelines and schedule of your appointments.
Pregnancy can be a joyful time, but we also recognise that you can experience mixed emotions. Each appointment is an opportunity for you to talk about how you are feeling and ask any questions you might have with your midwife.
You can see what appointments are available to you on your pregnancy journey below.
You will be offered an ultrasound scan at around 10 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. This is called the dating scan.
It's used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and check your baby's development.
When you’re about 16 weeks pregnant, you’ll have a second antenatal appointment with your midwife to check baby size, fetal development and any talk about any tests you have had or might need. You may also get to listen to your baby’s heartbeat.
You'll have an appointment at 25 weeks if this is your first baby.
Your midwife or doctor should use a tape measure to measure the size of your uterus, check your blood pressure and test your urine for protein.
At 28 weeks you will have some pregnancy health and wellbeing blood tests. If you have been recommended to have Anti-D this is when you would have it.
Once your midwife has told us that you are expecting a baby, the Healthy Child Programme will contact you to offer an appointment with a health visitor after you are 28 weeks pregnant. The antenatal appointment will be either a video call or a home visit.
You will have a pregnancy health and wellbeing check at week 31 if this is your first baby.
By 36 weeks, you will have another pregnancy health and wellbeing check to see if everything is ok.
At 34 weeks you will have another pregnancy health and wellbeing check and a review of your blood tests.
Its the final countdown! At 38 weeks you will have another pregnancy health and wellbeing check to make everything is ok for the big day.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.