My first appointment was a Booking-In session, which was a group advice session about food to avoid etc, then we were each taken in to a private room and asked which hospital we wanted to deliver in, and height and weight taken. At my first proper MW appointment they took a lot of blood, and discussed a full medical history. They booked a scan for me too.
They will ask about your feelings towards being pregnant, birth control - were you using it or not, your mental health, whether you want to screen for Down Syndrome and anything else. It was pretty intense!
It is just admin stuff mostly, your info, medical history, weight, height, BP, pee sample and blood sample.
As far as flu, it is up to you if you want it, you should do some research before you decide to take any vaccination, flu is sort of controversial and lots of pregnant or even not pregnant women and people in general dont take it. Pls do some research before you take anything during pregnancy.
you've reassured me a bit, Hubby is coming along so he can give all his family history, i'll have to warn him about the domestic violence question 'they ask everyone love, no you do not look like a thug'
I never had the group but either. Mine took around 1.5 hours, they do weight, height, blood pressure, medical history, take bloods (to measure iron and STIs), partners medical history,details of previous pregnancies,test urine, where you'd like to give birth and ask if you'd like the Down's screening. The Down's screening is probably the thing you might like to discuss before you go. They fill it all in a booklet of hand held notes that you'll take to all future appointments and with you when you give birth.
Of course it's up to you but your partner doesn't really need to be there, the genetic diseases they ask about are pretty rare and you'd know if someone in the family had them. DP didn't come to either of mine as we didn't want to "waste" (charming!) a day off with ds and needed to stay with ds for this one.
I didn't get asked about domestic violence or how I felt about pregnancy/ birth control either! I had a quick doc appointment then a midwife one at 7 weeks. She went into depth on birth options which I thought a little odd at that early stage. .
Hello! I'm in the same boat spudnik1. First timer and I'm 5wks pregnant. I called my GPs office as soon as I found out - the earliest appointment they could give me is this Thursday (I'll be 5wks+2) Is this normal? Am I best to see my GP first to get the ball rolling? I explained to the receptionist that I'm pregnant but she didn't seem to care enough to give me an earlier appointment.
I was around 8 week booking in with both of mine and that's fine-5 weeks is very early. The receptionist won't care! It's only life-changing news to you!!! You may be surprised by how infrequently and briefly you actually see you mw if you have a straight forward pregnancy.
In central London hospitals they now seem to be asking about genital mutilation in addition to general domestic abuse. They were v apologetic about it, I must say I was a bit flummoxed, don't remember these questions from first preg in 2011, must be some new guidelines.