Delivery & Antenatal Check Up

Ashwini Hospital & Endoscopy Centre

Antenatal CheckUp

As soon as you know you are pregnant, get in touch with a midwife or your GP to organise your antenatal care. You can also find out about local antenatal classes, which will help you meet other women and prepare you for becoming a mum. These may be run by your maternity service, midwife, GP or health centre. The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) also runs courses in many areas.

The basics of antenatal care

Find out how to start your antenatal care, and what to expect from your antenatal appointments.

Who’s who in the antenatal team

Find out who does what in the antenatal team, including the midwife, sonographer and obstetrician.

Your first antenatal visit and booking appointment

Find out about the routine tests and information you'll be given, including healthy eating, and things the midwife or doctor might ask you.

Antenatal classes

Find out what you learn at antenatal classes, such as what to expect in labour, how to find out where they are and when you should book.

Antenatal checks and tests you will be offered

Routine checks, such as blood pressure and urine tests, can give valuable information about your health at each antenatal appointment.

Ultrasound scans

Find out how these routine scans are carried out and when you will be offered them.

The anomaly scan

Find out about this scan, offered at 18-21 weeks, and how to prepare for it.

Tests for inherited disorders

Some conditions, such as sickle cell disorder and muscular dystrophy, are inherited. Find out how any risk to your baby can be worked out, and what the screening involves.

Tests to detect abnormalities

Find out about the scans and blood tests that can detect whether there is anything wrong with your baby.

Screening for Down's syndrome

All pregnant women are offered screening for Down's syndrome. Find out how your chances of having a baby with Down's syndrome can be worked out.

Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling

These tests will tell you whether your baby definitely has Down's syndrome. Find out how they are carried out and what the risks are.