The frequency of your antenatal visits varies over the course of your pregnancy. Please see the information below for the general pattern.

Please note, some women may require a different pattern of appointments depending on their situation.

All visits include a blood pressure and maternal/fetal wellbeing check. You can also use these appointments to discuss any concerns you may have. There is space in your Maternity Booklet to write these down.

Please remember to bring your Maternity Booklet to all appointments.

To talk to an anaesthetist, please make an appointment at the surgical pre-admission clinic.

10 to 20 weeks

If you are giving birth at the CHWC, you need to attend a pre-admission visit at around 12 to 16 weeks of pregnancy.

At this appointment a midwife will take your full health history and provide pregnancy information, answer questions and book any education sessions you may need.

Please bring a copy of any previous blood tests and ultrasounds.

You also receive your Maternity Booklet at this appointment. It’s important to bring this booklet with you to every pregnancy visit and when you come to have your baby.

20 to 28 weeks

Your next pregnancy visit is around 20 weeks.

At this appointment we review your pregnancy tests and can answer any questions you may have.

You also see your healthcare professional again at 26 weeks. You are offered a glucose load blood test to check for gestational diabetes. Another full blood count and antibody screen is recommended if you have a Rhesus (Rh) negative blood group.

28 to 30 weeks

If you have a Rh-negative blood group, you are offered an injection of Rh (D) immunoglobin at 28 weeks. This reduces the chance of your baby developing Haemolytic Disease. Please ask your healthcare professional for more information.

All other women have another pregnancy visit at 30 weeks to check on the progress of your pregnancy and your baby.

You might also start childbirth education sessions if this is your first child.

32 to 36 weeks

Your visit at 33 weeks ensures your pregnancy is progressing well and your baby is healthy. You can also discuss any concerns you may have.

If you have a Rh-negative blood group, you are offered another injection of Rh (D) immunoglobin at 34 weeks.

You are also welcome to attend refresher education sessions.

36 to 42 weeks

From 36 weeks you see your healthcare provider every fortnight until your due date.

A routine vaginal swab is offered at your 36 weeks visit to check for the presence of Streptococcus B bacteria. This can be treated with antibiotics during labour to stop your baby from becoming infected with the bacteria.

It’s common for pregnancies to extend to 42 weeks. From 41 weeks you have options to induce labour. You can make this decision in consultation with your maternity carers.

Page last updated on: 27 Sep 2018