Pregnancy App Article: "Antenatal appointments"

Week 9
Booking-in appointment
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Planning ahead
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You should have your booking-in appointment around now (between eight and 10 weeks). This is where you book in for maternity care with either your GP or a midwife (or shared care between the two). It could be at the hospital, your local midwifery unit, at your GPs or even in your home.

You will be asked lots of questions about your general health and lifestyle, any previous births, miscarriages, abortions and whether you have a family history of genetic disorders.

You will also be asked about the date of your last period so a preliminary due date can be worked out, although this might change after your first scan. All this information will be put into your maternity notes.

Blood will be taken to test for:
  • Your rhesus status and blood type
  • Anaemia
  • Rubella immunity
  • HIV and STI
And a urine test to see if you have protein in your urine and to check for:
  • Infection
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney problems
You will also have your blood pressure taken and you may be weighed.

You may discuss your birthing options and whether you have an idea of where and how you want to give birth. You’ll be told of the services available in your area and whether there are any antenatal classes that you can attend. 

They might also ask about how you plan to feed your baby and give you advice on maternity benefits and exercise and healthy eating during pregnancy.

During this appointment your screening scans should be arranged. You're under no obligation to have these but many women want to know how their baby is doing in there. And you may be offered further blood tests for sickle cell anaemia, Tays-Sachs disease or thalassemia, depending on whether or not you are in a high-risk group.
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How FLIPPIN' EXCITING are the early appointments and scans? 
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Wear a jumper that is easy to remove, as they will need to access your upper arms to take your blood pressure.
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To be honest, that first appointment is 45 minutes of filling out tedious paperwork and answering family history questions so all you need to take is your brain. If you don't already know, ask your mother and your partner's mother about their family medical history. 
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