hello all, My midwife confirmed my booking appt and my scan today but I have not received any letter with instructions yet. Is there anything I should prepare with before these 2 appointments? they're coming up soon...
pozzled, I don't really know what instructions I'm waitng for either..this is my 1st pregnancy, hubby won't be around for the appointments, so I just thought I should ask around and find out what I should expect. How long do the booking appt and teh scan tend to be?
I did get instructions before both my booking appointment and my scan, so I'm not surprised you're wondering! It's all so confusing when it;s the first time and you feel like you should know what to do.
For the booking in appointment, I got a stack of forms which they asked me to complete as much as possible of and had to take a urine sample. Also as they test sugar levels, I was told not to eat a massive load of sweets or anything just before.
For the scan I was told about having a full, but not too full, bladder and to take some change to buy tokens for pictures.
Each appointment should be 30-40 minutes. The booking-in will just be lots of forms and they will go through what you should expect in your care- what tests they offer, how many appointments to expect and so on. Some places also take blood at the booking appointment, if not they'll tell you what the arrangements are.
Is there no way your DH can make the scan? He doesn't have to be, of course, but it's a really nice moment to share when you first see the baby.
You can eat a normal breakfast just not lots of sweets - unless that's your normal breakfast at 12 weeks going without breakfast would have been a sure fire way of feeling very ill - not great for a booking in appointment or scan.
Dito what others have said about family history - grandparents, nieces and nephews but don't need to go further than that. I had some interesting questions re female circumcision, who the baby's father was (DH sitting beside me!) and whether I was at risk of sickle cell disease (white british). Also expect questions about smoking, drinking and lifestyle.