When and where we'll see you during pregancy
We’ll see you at various stages in your pregnancy, in hospital, at home, at your GP pratice, or in a clinic near you. All of your routine appointments are on the first page of your blue handheld maternity notes.
When you'll see us
If this is your first baby, we’ll see you at 16, 25, 28, 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40 weeks for extra advice, support, and reassurance.
If this is not your first baby, we’ll see you at 16, 28, 34, 36, 38 and 41 weeks.
If your baby doesn’t arrive by the due date you’ll have two further appointments at 41 and 42 weeks.
What happens at your regular appointments
During your regular appointments your midwife will check up on your, and your baby’s, health. We’ll:
- check your blood pressure
- test your wee for glucose, proteins, or any sign of infection
- monitor the growth of your uterus
- check you baby is in the right position and how they're moving
- eventually you’ll be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat, too! We use a Doppler machine to listen in.
We're not just here to make sure your baby is doing well, though - we'll also ask you about you and your plans:
- how you’re feeling, and how you’re coping with pregnancy
- how you’re going to feed them
- and we’ll listen to all of your concerns, and point you in the right direction for any other support you need
But please don’t wait to your next appointment if you have any worries: we're here for you.
Specialist antenatal clinics
Depending on your health, medical history, or needs, we'll book you into a specialist antennal clinic.
Your needs will be discussed at your booking appointment and during your ongoing care – just in case anything changes.
- Joint endocrine antenatal clinic: for mums with diabetes, thyroid, or pituitary diseases
- Joint obstetric haematology clinic: for mums with blood conditions like clotting disorders, severe anaemia, and other related illnesses.
- African well women’s clinic: for mums of African origin with special health needs.
- Bereavement clinic: for mums and dads who have had a pregnancy loss.
- Early pregnacny unit (EPU): specialist care in the early stage of your pregnancy and you're experiencing problems.
We want to make sure you and your baby are happy and healthy throughout your pregnancy. Your midwife or consultant will talk you through each of our tests and scans.
A dating scan will give us an estimated due date. It’s painless, and is totally safe for you and your baby – you’ll even see their heartbeat.
Dating scans take place between 8 and 18 weeks.
Detailed ultrasound scans
A detailed ultrasound scan – sometimes called an anomaly scan – checks for possible physical problems.
We offer an anomaly scan to everyone, but not all mums take it. If you do decide to go ahead, it’ll happen between 19 and 22 weeks.
Screening for specific conditions
We can test to see if your baby has an increased chance of chromosomal conditions such as Down’s, Edwards, or Patau syndrome.
Screening will take place between 11 weeks and 14 weeks + 1 day.
If we do find that your baby has a higher risk, we’ll offer you further tests.
The quadruple test, where we test your baby’s blood, takes place between 14 weeks + 2 days and 20 weeks. The test screens for Down’s syndrome and disorders such as spina bifida.
In an emergency: don't wait
If you're worried about the way your baby is moving, if you have bleeding or pain, contact the delivery suite triage as soon as possible. Visit urgent care during your pregnancy, or find the numbers in your maternity notes.
Something worrying you, but you don't think it's urgent?
For anything that isn’t urgent, you can contact your named midwife between 8am and 4pm.
Text or leave a voicemail and they’ll call you back as soon as they can, usually within 24 hours. Again, these numbers are in your notes.
Talk to us if you have any worries or concerns
We're here for you: if you have any worries about your health, or your baby's health, please tell us.