What to expect from your first antenatal care visit or booking appointment with your midwife, with information on pregnancy screening tests and checks that may be carried out.
Your booking appointment will automatically be sent to you after you have told your GP that you are pregnant. This appointment usually takes place at the hospital maternity unit or at the community midwives' antenatal clinic, which might be at a local health clinic or at your local GP/midwife unit. This appointment is usually scheduled for between the 10th and 12th week of your pregnancy.
A booking appointment at an antenatal clinic usually lasts two hours. You will possibly only see one midwife during the appointment, although in some areas you see a midwife and a doctor or obstetrician. One of the first questions you will be asked is the date of your last period. From this, the midwife will determine your 'Estimated Date of Delivery (EDD)' using a special chart. This date can then be confirmed by the dating scan you will probably have at about 12 to 13 weeks.
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