Ante-Natal Nurse

Once you have seen your GP and your pregnancy is confirmed. You will then make an appointment to see your ante-natal nurse.

Ideally, you will have made your appointment by the time you are 10 weeks pregnant. This gives enough time to arrange ultrasound scans and screening tests at the correct stage of your pregnancy.

Your midwife will:

  • Ask about your medical history and your lifestyle.
  • Give you information about how to look after yourself during pregnancy, such as healthy eating and exercising.
  • Take your blood pressure.
  • Measure and weigh you to calculate your body mass index (BMI).

At this and all your antenatal appointments, your urine will be checked for protein, which later in pregnancy could indicate the condition pre-eclampsia.

You should have 10 to 12 antenatal appointments, these should be done at:

Doctor

  • 16 weeks
  • 24 weeks
  • 28 weeks
  • 30 weeks
  • 32 weeks
  • 34 weeks
  • 36 weeks
  • 37 weeks
  • 38 weeks
  • 39 weeks
  • 40 weeks
  • 41 weeks, if you have not had your baby yet

Doctor

  • 20 weeks
  • 28 weeks
  • 36 weeks
  • 40 weeks

What other antenatal checks will I be offered?

Your doctor or midwife will not carry out any internal examinations during your appointments. From about 24 weeks your midwife will measure your bump with a tape measure, from your pubic bone to the top of your bump. The reading should be the same as the number of weeks you are pregnant, give or take 2cm or 3cm (about 1in).

This gives your midwife a rough idea of how your baby is progressing. If she has any concerns about your baby’s growth, she will inform your doctor.

In your third trimester, your midwife may palpate (feel) your bump. She’ll do this at about 36 weeks to see what position your baby is in and whether it’s a good position for birth.