Urine check If you haven't been asked to bring along a urine sample, your midwife will give you a container to pee into. This is my first pregnancy and I have no idea what I'm doing and if doing everything right.
She'll dip in a chemical strip that changes colour according to whether you have any protein in your urine. For first time mums there needs to me more support.
High blood pressure during pregnancy can be an early warning sign of pre-eclampsia.
After that, you can opt to have all your antenatal appointments with the community midwives, or shared with your GP.
Be prepared for plenty of questions, and lots of form filling!
Your blood will be sent off to the local lab to check: Screening tests Your midwife may also ask if you want a blood sample taken to be screened for your baby's risk of Down's syndrome and spina bifida. But this week I have been full of cold and had a horrible cough.
However, the types of screening tests on offer, and when and where they are done may vary according to where you live. Like everyone has said the first 12 weeks you don't get any support.
This appointment books you in for maternity care provided by your local health trust or hospital.
If you decide later in pregnancy that you want to give birth at a different hospital or birth centre, or at home, it's your right to do so.
This takes place between 10 weeks and 13 weeks plus six days.
The scan gives a more accurate idea of how pregnant you are and can tell you if you're expecting more than one baby Depending on your ethnic background, your midwife may also offer you a blood test to screen for conditions such as sickle cell disease.
However, you may have another booking appointment as a result. It may help to jot down in advance anything you want to know.
You'll have a lot to take in at this first visit.
This disorder is more likely to affect you if you are of African or African-Caribbean descent Blood tests Your midwife will take at least a couple of test tubes of blood for analysis.