What To Expect At A Typical Midwife Appointment

The amount you see your midwife will vary depending on your personal situation though I have written a basic overview of how many midwife appointments to expect during pregnancy to give you a basic idea of what to expect. Below I have detailed some of the typical checks made at these appointments.

Urine Sample- You will need to provide a urine sample at every midwife appointment. This is to check for indicators of pre-eclampsia and signs of urine infections.

Blood Pressure- This is done at every appointment as blood pressure is a good indicator of your general health and is also a key indicator in pre-eclampsia.

Bloods- Your midwife will take your bloods at regular intervals. This is to check your general health, in particular your iron levels as anaemia is very common throughout pregnancy. Your midwife will usually ring you if your bloods are abnormal in anyway.

Measuring baby- From week 28 (or 25 if it's your first baby) your midwife will measure your fundal growth. This involves your midwife measuring from the top of your bump to the centre of your pelvic bone using a tape measure. Your measurements will be recorded and plotted along a graph. This graph is used to determine whether you will need any growth scans.

Weighing you- Your weight will be checked occasionally to keep an eye on your weiht gain and to check for excessive weight gain or loss.

Listening to baby's heartbeat- From week 16 your midwife may listen to your baby's heartbeat. It is dependant on the midwife. It will be routine to listen to baby's heartbeat from week 28 (25 if it's your first baby).

For more information on how many midwife appointments you will have click below.

A Practical Guide to Pregnancy Appointments

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