However you feel, cautiously joyful, fearful, panicky, shocked or deliriously happy: you are pregnant!
Often during pregnancy a lot of questions come up. During check-ups we will try to answer your questions to the best of our ability and remove any uncertainties. Subjects that will be discussed include nutrition, living regimes, wishes and preparation for the birth (including pain), breastfeeding/bottle feeding, expectations of prospective parenthood, etc.
If there are any specific subjects you would like to talk about, you can always let us know.
Here you will find a checklist of things you can think about or have to arrange during different stages of your pregnancy.
The first appointment
We plan the first appointment around 8 weeks. At this check-up we make your health chart and give you both a lot of information. If required we give you information about possible prenatal tests for congenital defects. We will also ask you for a blood sample. This will be tested for:
- Blood group, Rhesus factor and antibodies
- Lues (also called syphilis: sexually transmitted disease)
- Hepatitis B (liver virus)
- Glucose (sugar)
- Haemoglobin (iron)
- Possibly rubella (German measles)
Our practice has its own scanning equipment. After the first check-up you will be offered a dating scan between 10 and 12 weeks pregnant. Apart from this scan, at our practice scanning is only carried out if there is a medical reason.
The follow-up appointments
At each follow-up check-up we check the following:
- Blood pressure
- Growth of the womb through external examination
- From 12 weeks we listen to the baby’s heart.
- From 28 weeks pregnancy the baby’s position
- During the final weeks engagement of the baby’s head into the pelvis
During the first months of pregnancy the check-ups will be every 4 weeks. The more your pregnancy progresses, the more often you have check-ups. Eventually this will be every week when you are near the due date. At this website, you can look for yourself how your baby is growing week by week!