During your pregnancy it’s important to have regular appointments with your doctor or midwife, to check on your health and the health of your baby. Not only can these appointments keep an eye out for anything important, but it also helps you mark major milestones along the way and become better informed on what’s happening.
The first steps
When you first find out you’re pregnant you should get in touch with your GP, obstetrician or midwife as soon as possible, so you can start your antenatal care.
The professional or team who will look after your antenatal health (sometimes referred to as prenatal health) will depend on where you live and where you plan to give birth. If you live in a rural area all care, including delivery, might be handled by a doctor, whereas if you live in larger city you will have more options at your disposal.
The initial visit
First off, your doctor or midwife will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy and answer any questions you may have. You may also be offered antenatal classes, including breastfeeding education classes.
At your first visit, you will be given information about antenatal screening tests, nutrition, diet, and food hygiene, lifestyle choices that might affect your health and the health of your baby (such as smoking, drinking alcohol and recreational drug use), and supplements.
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