During your pregnancy

During your pregnancy

The aim of all antenatal care is to ensure the safety of mother and baby. Regular contact with a midwife can ensure that potential problems are picked up and dealt with in a timely manner. Your antenatal care is usually shared between the hospital and your GP practice where you will see a midwife. It is important that you inform your GP practice as soon as you are pregnant so they can organise this ‘Shared care’. Your first hospital visit is your booking appointment with a midwife, usually at weeks of pregnancy. There is not routinely a scan at this appointment.

12 weeks pregnant – all you need to know

It is important that you see a Midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy. Women have their first and longest Antenatal appointment between 6 – 12 weeks of pregnancy with their Midwife. This is called a “booking” visit and involves questions about your health, any illnesses or previous pregnancies. This helps us to see if there may be any possible problems during your pregnancy and allows us to tailor your Antenatal care for your specific needs.

At the start of your pregnancy, during your booking visit, your Midwife will make an assessment based on your previous and current medical and pregnancy history.

We explain what happens during your dating scan at 12 weeks of pregnancy and what you can expect to What to expect at your first booking appointment.

The browser you are using is too old for our website. Please visit www. Your first pregnancy scan can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking experience. Learn about why scans are offered, and what to expect during a typical ultrasound scan. Discover the science behind your baby’s developments, week-by-week. An ultrasound scan bounces sound waves back and forth to build up a simple black and white picture of your baby as it grows in the womb.

Dating Scan Before 10 weeks

We recognise that this will be an anxious time for all parents to be, and would like to reassure you that the maternity services are working hard to ensure that services continue to run as normally as possible. Unfortunately we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel all parent education classes in Lothian for the time being. We are extremely sorry for the disruption this will cause but hope that all parents and carers will recognise that this decision was taken to protect the health of all who would be in attendance.

For everything else see “I’ve had my baby, what happens next? You should also continue to make use of your copy of ‘Ready Steady Baby’. What happens during labour and birth.

Find out what happens at your 1st NHS to between you at its called a dating scan and whether you long does appointment take to ensure i get a midwife book.

The team at Princess Anne Maternity Unit aims to provide you with individual, woman-centred care, and to support you and your family to have as normal a pregnancy and birth experience as possible. During your pregnancy you will be offered regular appointments with a midwife or obstetrician. They check that you and your baby are well, give you support and information about your pregnancy to help you make informed choices.

Here you will be able to find out about available maternity services and discuss your early pregnancy care. You can choose and book the hospital where you would like your baby to be born and you will be asked for information useful to your pregnancy care and the birth. Please feel free to ask at any time about anything you are unsure about or which is worrying you. She will advise you on the pathway for your current pregnancy, and assist in arranging and booking your scan.

She will discuss blood tests and antenatal screening options. Remember, although your pattern of care is within a particular framework it is still made individual to you. At all these sessions the midwife will check your blood pressure, urine and general wellbeing.

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Your 1st Trimester Scan (also known as a dating scan, 12 week scan or NT scan)​. As soon as you have had your initial booking appointment with the midwife.

Once you have completed our maternity registration form a member of our team will contact you to arrange your booking visit. The booking visit is your first appointment at the hospital and generally takes place during weeks 8 – 14 of your pregnancy. There is currently only one entrance open into the hospital, the main entrance. All other entrances are closed. As soon as you enter you will be faced with a hand sanitiser station.

We ask you to follow the advice displayed on how to use the hand sanitiser. Once complete, a little further down the corridor you will see a stop sign. If there are people in front of you, please ensure you practice social distancing. At the stop sign and to your left will be a number of senior midwives. You will then be provided with a surgical face mask to use during your outpatient visit.

You are required to attend your appointments alone. Your personal details will be checked with you and your chart will be made up. During this visit, you will be seen by a midwife and a detailed history and assessment of your physical, mental and social wellbeing will be undertaken. Following a review of your history, options regarding care plans which are appropriate to your needs will be discussed and explored.

Pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic – what happens to my antenatal care?

Many women and their families are concerned about how the strain on the NHS and the advice to socially distance themselves will affect their care during pregnancy. Whereas it is not possible to predict what impact COVID will have on staffing and provision on a national level and what measures individual Trusts will take to work through this crisis, we do know that care for pregnant women will remain a priority.

The antenatal care-pathway the schedule of appointments and content during pregnancy is very similar throughout the United Kingdom and the timing of most routine appointments during the first half, or a little more, of your pregnancy can be relatively flexible without compromising your care.

The appointment will be made for you by your midwife. the opportunity to meet with the HiP team after their dating scan and 20 week scan.

Please note: Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you will need to attend ALL appointments on your own. This includes all ultrasound appointments. This is because we cannot socially distance effectively in the antenatal clinic area with additional people. Our maternity staff are committed to giving you the best care possible during this challenging time and are sorry for the upset this may cause you and your partner.

It is quick and takes only about 15 minutes. The purpose of this scan is to measure the size of your baby to accurately confirm the due date.

Pregnancy appointments

The common first step will be a dating scan between weeks as we like to check your baby before 10 weeks. Before 7 weeks it may be too early to acquire this information. To obtain the best images possible, this scan is routinely performed internally and perfectly safe to perform during early pregnancy. At 7 weeks gestation a pregnancy sac should be seen within the uterus.

We will contact you to discuss any changes to your upcoming appointment. All women are offered a dating scan at around 12 weeks, with the option of Down’s.

All women will be offered ultrasound scans of their baby at around 12 and 20 weeks. Ultrasound scanning has been used extensively in pregnancy and is accepted to be safe. This scan also measures the baby and estimates how many weeks pregnant you are. If you are more than 8 weeks pregnant this is an accurate calculation, and will be used to estimate the date your baby is due to be born known as estimated date of delivery or EDD. This is discussed in more detail here.

This is a screening test that checks for possible physical problems with your baby. The test is offered to all women, but not everyone will choose to have it. If you choose not to have this scan your choice will be respected and you will be offered a later pregnancy management scan. Whilst this scan is good at detecting most serious problems, it cannot pick up all possible problems with the baby. The sonographer will have the screen in a position to give them the best view of the baby.

The sonographer will need to concentrate during the scan but will explain the scan findings at the end.

OUR 12 WEEK SCAN!



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