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Antenatal Care and Schedule of Appointments

Your antenatal care starts when you have found out you are pregnant and have filled in the online pregnancy referral form to notify your midwife. 

If you have a medical condition/problem unrelated to pregnancy please visit your GP as normal.

First Appointment – Booking

A comprehensive booking discussion will take place and will look at whether your care can be Midwifery Led or Obstetric Led. If an appointment to see a doctor is required your midwife will explain the reasons why.  Blood Pressure CO Monitoring and Urinalysis (testing of urine) will also take place. Your community midwife will also contact either University Hospital of Wales or University Hospital Llandough, dependent on where you live, and book an appointment at the hospital where you will be offered antenatal screening which includes a dating scan.

  • Please bring a urine sample to every antenatal appointment 
  • Please bring your all Wales hand-held notes to every antenatal appointment 

First Hospital Appointment

At this appointment the following is offered:

  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • BMI Calculation
  • Plan of care
  • Screening
  • Dating scan / cost of scan

16 weeks

Your appointment with the community midwife needs to be booked by you at your GP surgery and involves:

  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Review and discuss screening tests taken at hospital appointment
  • Provision of information

18-21 weeks

You will be offered an anomaly scan which looks at the structure of your baby.  This appointment takes place in our main ultrasound department not within maternity.

25 weeks (First Pregnancy)

Your community midwife will offer the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Discuss fetal movements
  • Antenatal Classes

28 weeks

Your community midwife will offer the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Symphysis Fundal Height
  • Antenatal Classes
  • Repeat blood screening tests for Rhesus status full blood count

31 weeks 

Your community midwife will offer the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Measure symphysis fundal height
  • Discuss fetal movements
  • Review and discuss blood test result

34 weeks

Your community midwife will offer the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Measure symphysis fundal height
  • Discuss fetal movements
  • Preparation for labour  (info leaflets)

36 weeks

Your community midwife will offer the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Measure symphysis fundal height
  • Discuss fetal movements
  • Maternal weight rechecked
  • Place of birth

38 weeks

Your community midwife will offer the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Measure symphysis fundal height
  • Discuss fetal movements
  • Discuss management of prolonged pregnancy, including expectant management and Induction of Labour

40 weeks (First Pregnancy)

Your community midwife will offer the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Measure symphysis fundal height
  • Discuss fetal movements
  • Discuss management of prolonged pregnancy including expectant management and Induction of Labour
  • Discuss Membrane sweep

41 weeks

Your community midwife will offer the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Measure symphysis fundal height
  • Discuss fetal movements
  • Discuss management of prolonged pregnancy including expectant management and Induction of Labour
  • Membrane sweep

Please note some of these appointments may take place with your Community Midwife or within the hospital setting, depending on the schedule of appointments that you may have.

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