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First-Trimester-Antenatal-Appointment-Guide

First Trimester Antenatal Appointment Guide

During the 40 weeks of pregnancy, there are regular appointments scheduled to ensure that both you and your baby are healthy and well and also to identify any potential issues or risks that may come up during the course of your pregnancy. Here's Everything you need to know for the First Trimester.

10-14 Weeks:Your Booking Appointment

Your first appointment in the hospital can be a mixture of excitement and nerves as you don’t know what to expect. It is also the first time you will get to see your little bundle of joy when it all feels a lot more real! At this appointment, a nurse/midwife will check a urine sample (it is important that you provide a sample in one of the sterile containers provided), take your weight and blood pressure. They will then take a full medical history so they are aware if there is anything they should be aware of in terms of previous family illness or issues that may cause complications during pregnancy. You will also be required to give blood so they can check iron levels and ensure that you are fit and healthy as you get ready for growing that gorgeous little munchkin in there! 

READ MORE: Check out our week by week guide to pregnancy

When all of those formalities are out of the way, you will see your consultant who will do an ultrasound scan of your abdomen. This will allow them to measure the baby to advise you of your approximate due date, they will check to see if baby if developing normally and to ensure that there is enough amniotic fluid around the baby. They will also check the position of the placenta in relation to the baby. You will get to see your baby move and you will hear and see it’s little heart beating. You will be given a photo to take home with you and a follow-up appointment will be arranged. I remember leaving this appointment with all of my kids feeling a huge sense of relief knowing that everything was ok.


About the Author

Jenny Sherlock is a working mom of three children, aged 9, 5 and the youngest arrived in January this year. She is a civil servant and a freelance writer. She enjoys art, reading, music and good food. She gives an honest account of the rollercoaster that is parenting, warts and all! Check out her blog seriouslymammy.wordpress.com for more!

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