Pregnancy

Ante-natal support

During your pregnancy, your ante-natal care & support will be provided by our midwife Ruth Brown. Please book an initial appointment with Ruth in the antenatal clinic (held on Wednesday afternoons).

Your GP will be involved in monitoring the progress of your pregnancy when medically needed. You are not normally seen by an obstetrician unless referred by your GP or midwife.

Pregnancy appointment schedule

Please bring your notes and a sample of urine to every ante-natal appointment. Depending on your individual needs, appointments will be made at the following stages of your pregnancy:

  • 6-8 weeks: Initial appointment with midwife. Screening tests for sickle cell, thalassaemia, & Downs syndrome will be discussed
  • 12 weeks: Dating scan
  • 16 weeks: Bloods taken
  • 20-22 weeks: Detailed scan
  • 28 weeks: Bloods taken. Anti D may be given if Rhesus negative
  • 30 weeks: You will be invited to parental classes, where you will meet other couples to discuss labour, delivery, and care of your baby
  • 34 weeks: Anti D may be given if Rhesus negative
  • 41 weeks: Membrane sweep will be offered. Induction booked for 12-14 days after your due date

Post-natal care

On discharge from hospital the midwife will visit you at home for at least 10 days.

The Health Visitor will visit you at home when your baby is about two weeks old. Health Visitors provide support for new mothers and babies in the form of home visits, baby clinics, post-natal support groups or telephone contact. They also arrange hearing screening for newborn babies, childhood developmental screening and immunisations.

Your GP will see you and your baby for a post-natal check-up 8 weeks after the birth to check your physical health and mental well-being.

General advice

We advise that you take folic acid tablets for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Research shows that extra folic acid can protect your baby against spinal deformities.

Please phone the Maternity Hospital (0300 421 8018) for any worries you may have, including:

  • Loss of fluid or blood from the vagina
  • Decreased movements of the baby
  • Persistent or severe headache
  • Sudden or marked swelling of hands, ankles or face
  • Visual disturbance
  • Abdominal or gastric pains