When you first discover you are expecting a baby you need to let the midwives know via your GP surgery or Children’s Centre. A midwife will then contact you and arrange an appointment with you to go through the details of your pregnancy, and offer you lots of information on how to stay healthy. She will also tell you about your antenatal care plan such as how often and where you will see her, or a doctor if need be.
Want to know who you see when whilst pregnant? – here is the NHS schedule of antenatal appointments
Need to know about antenatal care with Twins? – click here
It’s an exciting time, though sometimes mixed with anxiety and worry when decisions have to be made such as which tests to have and where to have your baby. Just remember that this is your baby and health professionals are there to guide and support you to make the best decision for you.
Pregnancy Induced conditions you might need more information about :
All woman who register with midwifery antenatally will be offered an antenatal contact between 30-40 weeks by a named Health Visitor, this is completed at home – you are legally entitled to time of work for this appointment.
Information on Work & Pregnancy:
The named Health Visitor will complete the New Birth Visit between 7- 14 days after the baby is born. Click here for more information on your local health visiting service.
- Try to read as much information as you can, even though it may seem overwhelming at times.
- This website has been developed to help you make choices by directing you to local services and national helplines and web links which will hopefully provide you with more detail.
- Take your time.
- Talk to your family and friends but try to focus on positive stories rather than those that worry you.