PREGNANCY / ANTENATAL CARE

PREGNANCY / ANTENATAL CARE

We provide antenatal care through a series of appointments. At each appointment you will see a midwife and your obstetrician who will monitor your health and that of your baby. We will perform the necessary scans and give you the opportunity to discuss any problems or concerns that you may have as they arise. 

Because we really get to know you over the course of your pregnancy we are able to offer a specialised continuity of care that carries over into your labour, delivery and postnatal care. 

How often will you come in for appointments? 

We design your antenatal care plan to suit your individual needs and risk factors, but generally speaking, you will come in every four to six weeks at the start of your pregnancy (up to 28 weeks gestation). 

After 28 weeks, the frequency of visits increases to every two to three weeks (or possibly more frequently if needed). 

If it is your first pregnancy we may see you every week from 36 weeks.

Common Tests

Every pregnancy is different. Depending on your personal medical history and how things are progressing during your pregnancy, we may perform some of the following tests:   

  • Iron Studies   
  • Full Blood Count    
  • Infection Screening (rubella, hepatitis, syphilis, HIV)   
  • Blood Group and Antibodies Screen    
  • Thyroid Function    
  • Vitamin D    
  • Gestational Diabetes    
  • Group B Streptococcus Screening    
  • Midstream Urine and Chlamydia 
  • Ultrasound 

You will see your baby on ultrasound at every appointment to measure growth, wellbeing, position and movement. When baby is obliging, you will receive a 3D ultrasound picture from us. There are also a few more detailed ultrasound checks performed throughout your pregnancy done by specialist obstetric ultrasonologists. 

  • Early Foetal Anatomy (at thirteen weeks) plays an important role in the early detection of potential abnormalities. This scan is the first detailed check of your baby’s anatomy. 
  • Anatomy Ultrasound also known as the “morphology ultrasound” is performed by ultrasound specialists around 19 weeks and serves to detect any potential developmental abnormalities. It also checks the position of your placenta, the condition of your amniotic fluid and allows us to assess your baby’s development. It will measure cervical length to help us predict and prevent preterm birth.

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